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Feb 16, 2010 02:47 PM

Rejuvenating popcorn that won't pop

I bought an overpriced bag of popping corn here in Berlin, and wouldn't you know it, it won't pop. It doesn't "expire" until 2011, but I'm guessing the kernels got too dehydrated. Can I revive the kernels by sprinkling them with a few teaspoons water and storing overnight?

So annoying. I was all set for popcorn and bad TV.

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  1. Don't think you can re-hydrate it that way.

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    1. re: monku

      You certainly can. I don't recall where I read it, but the method was to put the kernels in ajar, fill with water, then pur out the water, seal the jar, and keep in the fridge. It works quite well.

      1. re: greygarious

        Exactly the way to restore kernels. From now on store in freezer :)

    2. Here's an interesting little webpage with popcorn history and a popcorn rejuvenation technique that may help you out:
      Nothing like popcorn and bad TV.

      1. The water worked! I popped some this morning to test. A little chewy, and they could have been fluffier, but it's a definite improvement from the burnt and barely exploded kernels of yesterday :)

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        1. re: ChristinaMason

          Were you microwaving to pop it? If you were, let it sit a bit before eating it. That gets rid of the chewiness most of the time. Glad it worked out. I remember being an exchange student in France as a teenager, when the organizers of the program recommended we take popcorn and peanut butter as gifts to our families. Mine got such a kick out of the popcorn.

        2. I put 1/2 cup of popcorn into a bowl that I set in my rice cooker with a half cup of water in the rice cooker. The bowl keeps the water from the popcorn. I turned on the rice cooker for about 4 minutes and the corn popped more than twice normal even thought it was Schuck's cheapest.