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Mystery of Unpopped Popcorn Is Discovered
AP ^ | April 21 | RICK CALLAHAN

Posted on 05/16/2005 2:52:41 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde

Eat your way to the bottom of almost any bag of popcorn and there they are: the rock-hard, jaw-rattling unpopped kernels known as old maids. The nuisance kernels have kept many a dentist busy, but their days could be numbered: Scientists say they now know why some popcorn kernels resist popping into puffy white globes. It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center - about 15 percent - to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull. It turns out there is an optimal hull structure that allows kernels to explode, and leaky hulls prevent the moisture pressure buildup needed for kernels to pop. ``They're sort of like little pressure vessels that explode when the pressure reaches a certain point,'' said Bruce Hamaker, a Purdue professor of food chemistry. ``But if too much moisture escapes, it loses its ability to pop and just sits there.'' He and his associates compared the microwave popping performance of 14 Indiana-grown popcorn varieties and examined the crystalline structure of the translucent hulls of both the popped kernels and the duds. In the varieties popped, the percentage of unpopped kernels ranged from 4 percent in premium brands to 47 percent in the cheaper ones. The findings could be good news for people who savor the snack and those who grow the 17 billion quarts of popcorn sold each year in the United States.

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TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: turass
Finally some news that matters.
1 posted on 05/16/2005 2:52:41 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde
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To: Mr. Blonde

I used to wake up every morning wondering about this mystery - it took over my life. I can finally go on living now.


2 posted on 05/16/2005 2:54:21 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: Mr. Blonde

I remember when dad was stationed at Scott AFB - we used to go off base and buy our popcorn straight from the farmer. That, by far, was the best tasting popcorn I have ever had.


3 posted on 05/16/2005 2:54:41 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (The Crew Chief's Toolbox: A roll around cabinet full of specialists.)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I can never get my popcorn shrimp to pop correctly.


4 posted on 05/16/2005 2:57:40 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Mr. Blonde

I'm too pooped to pop.


5 posted on 05/16/2005 2:57:58 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Wait a minute...
The No Kernal Left Behind Act.
Yeah,NKLB. I like it!


6 posted on 05/16/2005 2:59:02 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Mr. Blonde

I hate it when the husk remnants get caught between my teeth. If that little problem would be solved I'd go back to snacking on popcorn.


7 posted on 05/16/2005 3:00:12 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (Mullah al-Whipple says,"Don't squeeze the Koran." Safe for septic sytems.)
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To: Mr. Blonde; Nataku X

just in: still no cure for cancer.


8 posted on 05/16/2005 3:00:38 PM PDT by Libertarian4Bush
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To: Mr. Blonde

Just buy Orville Redenbacher popcorn. Pert near every kernel pops.


9 posted on 05/16/2005 3:01:40 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Mr. Blonde

I`m still waiting for the worlds greatest mystery to be solved; Why Ted Kennedy keeps getting re-elected Senator every six years for the past 40 plus years. I would say a similar mystery would be why Hitlery was elected, but then I realize she wasn`t. She used the alternative election process; "My husband is President and he can pardon whoever he wants."


10 posted on 05/16/2005 3:01:53 PM PDT by EdHallick
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To: Mr. Blonde

Popcorn--another cool creation by God.


11 posted on 05/16/2005 3:02:17 PM PDT by k2blader ('Lost' ping list - Please FReepmail me if you want on/off. :-)
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To: Mr. Blonde
popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center - about 15 percent

You shouldn’t use both “precise” and “about” to describe a measurement.

The little husk things get stuck on my tonsils and make me gag like I have a hair in the back of my throat. And I eat it anyway and gag.

12 posted on 05/16/2005 3:02:20 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: TightyRighty
I used to wake up every morning wondering about this mystery - it took over my life. I can finally go on living now.

Not me.

Now I'm obsessing about what happened to those single missing socks.

13 posted on 05/16/2005 3:03:21 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: Ping; Peanut Gallery

ping


14 posted on 05/16/2005 3:04:27 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Okay, I've deleted the operating system, now what?)
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To: dead
The little husk things get stuck on my tonsils and make me gag like I have a hair in the back of my throat. And I eat it anyway and gag.

There's a lot of things that we eat anyways even though they make us gag like there is a hair in the back of our throat.

And I wouldn't have it any other way. :o)

15 posted on 05/16/2005 3:05:02 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: Mr. Blonde
This research seems pretty useless when you consider that I get essentially 100% poppage with nearly every batch,mm using the cheapest popcorn they sell.

The key factor is the pan/oil temperature.

The secret: put three kernels in the pot when starting to heat up the oil. When you hear them all pop, toss in the rest. The oil will be at the perfect temperature, and you won't get burnt kernels or unpopped ones.

When the oil is too cool, the more pop-prone kernels on the bell curve pop much earlier, at a lower temperature, and you are faced with letting them burn, or having lots of unpopped kernels.

When the oil is too hot, it's less of a problem, but the surfaces may be so hot that burning will occur.

It's all about letting the oil get hot enough.

The other secret: make fine salt that sticks by using a motorized coffee grinder (the handheld cylindrical kind that sell for about $10) to whizz table salt into a nice powder. Don't use a mill that has been used for coffee, or you will taste it. The salt mill can also be used to grind herbs and spices.
16 posted on 05/16/2005 3:05:29 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?


17 posted on 05/16/2005 3:05:31 PM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Mr. Blonde

Finally some news that matters.

***

For a popcorn junkie like me, it DOES matter. :)


18 posted on 05/16/2005 3:06:23 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Mr. Blonde

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1388082/posts


19 posted on 05/16/2005 3:06:32 PM PDT by sharktrager (The masses will trade liberty for a more quiet life.)
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To: Ken H
Just buy Orville Redenbacher popcorn. Pert near every kernel pops.

I nuked some of Orville's "Old Fashion" last night and all but 4 popped.

I wanted to go out and have a T-Shirt printed.

20 posted on 05/16/2005 3:06:58 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Lazamataz

Oh no you didn't!! LOL!!!


21 posted on 05/16/2005 3:07:05 PM PDT by January24th (untagged and untracked)
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To: Lazamataz

Oh my word....speak for yourself!


22 posted on 05/16/2005 3:08:06 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: dead

I love your tagline!that's hilarious.


23 posted on 05/16/2005 3:08:47 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Freedom is not America's gift to man, Freedom is GOD'S gift to mankind!....G.W.Bush)
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To: TheStickman

popcorn ping


24 posted on 05/16/2005 3:09:42 PM PDT by visualops (Leftists are lunatics.)
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To: k2blader
Actually, I think Popcorn evolved from Cracklecorn, which evolved from Snapcorn.

And it has a common ancestor with Kettle Corn.

25 posted on 05/16/2005 3:10:04 PM PDT by TravisBickle
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To: Mr. Blonde
Scientists say they now know why some popcorn kernels resist popping into puffy white globes.

I think we're talking Nobel Prize here!

26 posted on 05/16/2005 3:11:06 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Lazamataz; null and void

I got it, I got it! LOL

You and Null and Void are the two wittiest ones on this forum.

Thanks for the giggle factor.


27 posted on 05/16/2005 3:11:41 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Lazamataz

"Now I'm obsessing about what happened to those single missing socks."

You really need to stick with pantyhose, hon.


28 posted on 05/16/2005 3:12:12 PM PDT by Fam4Bush (The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running. - Yogi Berra)
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To: Lazamataz

29 posted on 05/16/2005 3:13:42 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lazamataz
Now I'm obsessing about what happened to those single missing socks.

That's been solved. Socks are larval forms of wire coat hangers. Once the sock larvae metamorphesizes, it becomes a brand new wire hanger in your closet, Thus explaining both the decreasing number of socks in your drawer and the increasing number of hangers in you closet.

30 posted on 05/16/2005 3:16:06 PM PDT by delacoert (imperat animus corpori, et paretur statim: imperat animus sibi, et resistitur. -AUGUSTINI)
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To: Mr. Blonde

Old maids? I'd never heard of that one.


31 posted on 05/16/2005 3:19:10 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: delacoert

That's been solved. Socks are larval forms of wire coat hangers. Once the sock larvae metamorphesizes, it becomes a brand new wire hanger in your closet, Thus explaining both the decreasing number of socks in your drawer and the increasing number of hangers in you closet.

***

That never works for me...I have fewer socks AND fewer hangers. LOL


32 posted on 05/16/2005 3:21:08 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Rushmore Rocks
Awwwwww... *blush*
33 posted on 05/16/2005 3:30:14 PM PDT by null and void (I fear we have only awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

LOL!!! I've always liked family gatherings, loads of fun. Other than that, I'm a real party pooper.

When I must go to a party, I keep looking at my watch and pop out when nobody is looking after quietly thanking my host and/or hostess.


34 posted on 05/16/2005 4:18:57 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Lazamataz
Now I'm obsessing about what happened to those single missing socks.

Don't even joke about that!

35 posted on 05/16/2005 4:32:15 PM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: Lazamataz

"Now I'm obsessing about what happened to those single missing socks."

Yeah, I know. I keep finding those for the right foot and keep losing those for the left foot. Someday I’ll sort it all out and write a science research paper on it. I plan to ask for a grant.


36 posted on 05/16/2005 4:32:22 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Mr. Blonde
Well, I'm certainly going to sleep better tonight.......


37 posted on 05/16/2005 5:07:02 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Help Nature to thin the herd. Eat a liberal.)
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