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Jim (Mi)    Posted 03-14-2002 at 10:59:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Such a nice day outside. As I am sitting at my tube at work, everyone always come by a pops that stuff by me. On a diet, and trying to quit smoking. Quitting to many vices at once. Anyway was just wondering what is so special about popcorn. I figured it was just field corn with a drop of oil or water impregnated in it to make it pop. Am I wrong?

James    Posted 09-15-2002 at 11:23:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just came across this older post and want to know the answer to the next logical question... So it's fall and the corn is ready to be harvested... Now what? What is the proper drying method for PoPcorn???


James    Posted 09-15-2002 at 11:22:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just came across this older post and want to know the answer to the next logical question... So it's fall and the corn is ready to be harvested... Now what? What is the proper drying method for PoPcorn???


RayP(MI)    Posted 03-16-2002 at 19:43:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Popcorn is indeed a special breed of corn. the hull is extremely tough, and the meat contains moisture which when heated becomes steam. When the pressure builds up the hull ruptures, and the corn pops. Used to grow popcorn on as a hobby. Was suprising how many people had no idea what and how it was grown. On the cob it was a real mystery to many. Popcorn even comes in colors, like Indian corn, and since the ears are small, makes neat small table decorations in the fall!

screaminghollow    Posted 03-14-2002 at 23:19:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are hundreds of varieties of corn, between size of kernals, color, growth time and sugar content. While there are cross overs, the three basic types are sweet corn, dent(field) corn and the small kerneled pop corn. It is the moisture inside which causes it to pop.
Personaaly, I prefer the air popped stuff. (remember the popcorn pumpers) but the microwaved stuff is oh so convenient. Didn't get along with my former in laws so well. They always came for thanksgiving and I had to cook since my ex-wife was so domestically disinclined. One year I poked holes in the skin on the breast of the turkey and carefully inserted kernels of pop corn under the skin. Only a few of the kernels actually popped but the turkey looked like it had warts. I told them I got this great deal on a turkey from a farmer at Three Mile Island.......

sergio luiz couto    Posted 11-20-2004 at 14:25:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ola, gostaria de saber na medida do possivel como adiquirir uma maquina pumper, aqui no brasil.


I guess I'm getting soft-PCC-AL    Posted 03-14-2002 at 16:37:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I usually insist on the old ways and try to make myself believe that they are the best. However, my eleven yr old son has taught the old dog a few tricks. I am just amazed at microwave popcorn. It pops perfect every time. Our microwave (which I normally hate) has a popcorn button on it. All you have to do is put the bag in and hit the button. No burns, nearly all popped. Wow, if I could have had this when I was a kid. I'm getting old and it ain't no fun. Good luck.

Ole Cuss    Posted 03-14-2002 at 12:41:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

Popcorn is a small-seeded variety of field corn. I am not sure what makes it pop; might be the combination of a particular moisture content and the hard, flinty shell of the kernel. For fun at tractor pulls, we sneak a few kernels of popcorn down the vertical muffler of a friend's parked tractor; when he fires it up and backs up to the pulling sled, it's had just enough time to warm and send some surprises popping into the air in front of everyone.

DJ    Posted 03-14-2002 at 20:26:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Or putting a bag in the campfire without anyone's notice. Till............

Jim (Mi)    Posted 03-14-2002 at 12:47:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Went to my first pull last summer, great time, nothing that comical though. Good heads-up though. Have to keep that in mind, and keep the Allis's stack under lock and key. LOL

Ole Cuss    Posted 03-15-2002 at 02:37:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

At least popcorn in the stack is harmless. I've run into some bleeps who do more malicious things, like put ice cubes into a gas tank, unscrew tire valves, and turn a screw here and there on a carburetor. One thing I've learned while pulling with antique tractors: some jerks do the damndest things just to win a $2 plastic trophy!

PCC-AL    Posted 03-14-2002 at 11:52:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, Field corn and other varities too will not pop as far a I know. We always planted pop corn which usually has smaller kernals. There may be some hybrid corn that will pop, but I don't know. Good luck.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 03-14-2002 at 13:01:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of the older heirloom varieties will pop, if properly dried. That "Indian Corn" that folks use for decorations is one of'em.
Check out the seed catalogues. They usually tell ya which ones will pop.

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