Thrifty Kitchen: Re-Popping Unpopped Popcorn

Thrifty Kitchen: Re-Popping Unpopped Popcorn

Emma Christensen
Jun 21, 2010

Have you ever tried re-popping unpopped popcorn? (Also, try saying that three times fast!) Dumping those stubborn kernels in the trash has always bugged us, so we decided to start collecting them in a jar and see if we could get them to re-pop. And guess what? It worked!

I didn't do anything very special with my unpopped kernels. I kept them separate from my stash of popping corn in their own jar, reasoning that these unpopped kernels were at least partially cooked already and would have a different cooking time than fresh kernels.

My favorite method for making popcorn is to throw the kernels in a paper bag and pop them in the microwave. Once I had collected enough unpopped kernels, I measured them out and popped them as usual. Cooking time was about a minute less than usual, but the kernels did indeed pop!

Well, all except for the inevitable teaspoon of grumpy kernels at the bottom of the bag. I decided that these had quite enough chances and tossed them in the trash.

Have you had success at re-popping unpopped popcorn?

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