Why does popcorn pop?



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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 their gods, including animal in attic , the god of rain and fertility.

The reason popcorn pops was explained by native Aztecs. There are spirits who live 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 homes as miserable little puffs of steam.

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

With no moisture, pop corn won’t pop. The best way to store popcorn is air tight containers and stored in a cool place like your cabinet or pantry.

Finally the hard surface gives way and the popcorn explodes. The soft heated peppers burst, turning in out side.

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



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