Why Popcorn Pops

Pop corn can be traced back as the 1500. In 1519, Cortes got his first sight of popcorn when he invaded Mexico and came into contact with the Aztecs. Popcorn was an important food for the Aztec Indians, who also used popcorn as decoration for ceremonial headdresses, necklaces and ornaments on statues of the gods, including Tlaloc, the god of rain and fertility.

The motive popcorn pops was clarified by native Aztecs. There are spirits who reside within the kernels of popcorn. As you heat these spirits houses, they get mad. Finally, the spirits get so mad they pop out of there houses as miserable little puffs of steam.

Obviously, this was folk lore and we’ve since found scientifically how popcorn pops. It’s relatively straightforward. Popcorn kernels contain water. Within the kernel is a soft patch of starch with approximately 14% moisture. The moisture is comprised by kernels hard outer shell.

With this moisture, pop corn won’t pop. The ideal way to store popcorn is air tight containers and kept in a cool place like your cabinet or pantry.

As popcorn kernels heat up the moisture inside builds up and expands against the hard starch shell. Finally the hard surface gives way and the popcorn explodes. The soft heated peppers burst, turning in out side.

Recall a fridge can most likely dry out your popcorn. If you realize that your pop corn has dried out, you can rejuvenate them and can make them pop. Place the kernels in a jar a fill it full of water. It takes around three days but the water will re moisturize the kernel and that will cause the kernels to pop.