Rosemary Lee Seeking Equilibrium is my hero: She is doing the “shuck the sugar” for a month with me – and gasp! – she threw away Oreo cookies that were next to her bed:She sent me this:“This works!! I had some with some cumin and salt for a southwest popcorn.For the popcorn lovers!!! Microwave popcorn, no bags, no butter, no oil!!!! It’s genius really. Simple, simple genius.Glass bowl + ceramic plate + popcorn kernels = perfectly popped popcorn in the microwave. No bag. No butter or oil. Nothing to throw away afterward. And even no un-popped kernels.
- Take 1/4 cup of dry popcorn kernels and place in the bottom of a microwave-safe glass bowl (pyrex is a great choice).
- Place a microwave-safe plate on top of the bowl. Plate should be wide enough to go beyond the rim of the bowl.
- Microwave for 2 minutes 45 seconds. Watch in glory as your popcorn pops perfectly into little puffs of heaven.”
- Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
- Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
- Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that is has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
- Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
- “Popability” is popcorn lingo that refers to the percentage of kernels that pop.
- How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
- The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009. It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
- If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!
P.S. Rosemary, there are only a few people (besides Laurie F.) who would describe popped corn as “little puffs of heaven” and you are one of them!