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World's Best Kept Pop Corn Secret

Updated on March 11, 2014

Wow! Now THIS Is Pop Corn!

I am cutting way back on yeast foods and yeast producing foods. My whole body gets itchy and that is because I am susceptible to yeast build up. My doctor calls it "Feeding the yeast". So giving up yeast producing food is worth it.

But then there is popcorn. I love popcorn. I even like bad, stale or old popcorn. I buy this mix with cheddar cheese and caramel corn together. Yum...what a flavor with both in the mouth at the same time.

Even though I know that plain popcorn is starchy, which means that it will be yeast producing, well, I love it. I have cut down a lot though, until today when Lyndah told me this secret.....

Here Is the Popcorn Secret of a Lifetime!

We weren't even talking about food, but suddenly Lyndah started talking about the right way to make popcorn. She said that the key is moisture. It was steam building up that makes the pop, and the more steam, coming from moisture. However, like most of what we buy in the stores, what we put into the pan is very, very dry. (I am not even going to talk about microwave, which has all that gunk, but not true moisture)

She always soaks the popcorn in water about a 1/2 hour before popping, its as simple as that. Well, not quiet that simple, you can also jazz it up by steeping herbs and spices or just about any flavor you want to the water in which you soak the corn.

Its really is that simple. She uses a pan on the stove, I use a Waring pop corn popper which simulates that method.

Oh, yes and I tried it today. Since I am worried about the yeast situation, and since I love the flavor of coconut, I soaked my corn in coconut water as coconut is the enemy of yeast. I know it wasn't enough that I could be able to eat a lot of popcorn, but I felt better.

And it was the fluffiest popcorn I have ever had! Yum!

You have not tasted popcorn like this. And you must, you simply must.

I use coconut oil in the pan because coconut oil, olive oil and peanut oil are the only cooking oils that are not transfats. You can heat them up as much as you want and no transfats. Plus which, it tastes good. I soaked my corn in coconut water and the two combined made a faint coconut flavor to my corn. You can read more about the miracle of coconut here

I thought about butter, real butter, but didn't. It would be OK, though.

  • Cook time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
  • Yields: As many as you want

Ingredients

  • Quality popping corn
  • Water
  • plain or flavored
  • Coconut
  • olive or peanut oil
  • Herbs
  • spices or other natural flavoring as desired (experiment
  • have fun!)
  • If you want to make kettle corn you can add sugar to the water.

Instructions

  1. If you are using plain water or coconut water, soak corn for 30-60 minutes.
  2. If you are using herbs or spices in the water, steep that as you would tea.
  3. Melt coconut oil into the pan or popper, or pour olive oil.
  4. Keep pan moving when the corn is in, or let the popper do it.
  5. If you choose top with butter, real butter and salt.
Cast your vote for Fluffy Pop Corn

Warning: Don't Try This!

Thinking that if someone is good, more of it is better, I soaked my popcorn over night. Guess what? Water logged pop corn doesn't pop! Well some will, but I have never seen smaller corn in my life.

Don't Do That! 1/2 hour to 1 hour tops!

How Do You Like Your Pop Corn?

Which Pop Corn Is Your Favorite?

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What Is the Secret to Huge, Fluffy Popped Kernels? Soak the Pop Corn in Water, Preferably Flavored, Water

What Is the Secret to Huge, Fluffy Popped Kernels? Soak the Pop Corn in Water, Preferably Flavored, Water
What Is the Secret to Huge, Fluffy Popped Kernels? Soak the Pop Corn in Water, Preferably Flavored, Water

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      PhoenixV 3 years ago from USA

      I never thought of soaking popcorn kernels in water before but now I am going to try it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I never heard of soaking pop corn but will sure try this. I probably would have thought that more was better, too, so glad you gave the warning.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I bake my own popcorn, prefer it in coconut oil and add Celtic Sea Salt to it, also a yeast enemy, tasting really good. Another thing I add is Turmeric, very healthy and it gives your pop corn a great color ;-) Thanks for the tip of soaking it into water. Now be careful with the sugar!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information and these tips. Very thorough and so well done! Appreciate you sharing the recipe:=)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Great advice, but I don't have a microwave. Perhaps others will try it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i started makeing my popcorn in a paper lunch bag in microwave raise it up on a dish for heat to distribute all around it.Close bag tight.it pops well,take less time them reg: microwave stu.Ive been doing this for yrs.No fat till you add it after it is poped :) an it all pops to..try it.But watch your microwave,dont let it over pop are u will have it burn on you.Injoy

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! I am a big fan of kettle corn!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hm. Ya know it might be slightly better. I'll try again in a few days with water. We're doing the Esselyn Caldwell, reverse heart disease diet, which calls for no added fats. I do it on the stove top. I grease the pan ever so slightly with a paper towel using coconut oil.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Bummer.. It took twice as long to pop.. Either no difference or a little worse. Using the coconut water was also worse on my pan... More scrubbing clean up..

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Absolutely! Brilliantly done!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 4 years ago

      @anonymous: No, that isn't an issue at all. Coconut oil has a different composition than other saturated fats and that is very important. Seriously read about it you will be surprised.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Something to be aware about coconut oil is that while it has no trans fat it is 99% saturated fat. Olive would be the better choice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I still haven't tried this but have passed on your idea of using water and seasonings to other popcorn lovers...just passing through...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I absolutely love popcorn..I had to curtail from eating it when I had braces...for 5 years!!! I decided to get a hot air popcorn popper..I already use sea salt, but I grind some with mortar and pestle so the salt would adhere to the popcorn better. As for the buttery taste, I melt some Earth Balance natural buttery spread with some VCO (virgin coconut oil) and spritz it on hot popcorn. I covered all but two of the salt shaker holes because of the extra fine sea salt. Oh, the white popcorn is more tender. Tried yellow and white popcorn kernels. While the yellow offers bigger kernels it also provides larger hulls, whereas the white popcorn is smaller but tender and less hulls. Spurge for the organic white popcorn kernels. It's your choice.... I will definitely try soaking the kernels before popping..thanks for the tip!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      Organic popcorn with a sprinkling of grated romano or parmesan cheese and a few grinds of black pepper. Will definitely soak it first next time though.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Gosh but I love popcorn too but have also cut way back on it. I am definitely going to try your popcorn soak the next time I pop up a big batch.

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I love popcorn at the movie theater it just seems to taste better there.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Oh wow - I gotta string some popcorn for the Christmas tree! Now I am going to want to eat it all! Fun page!

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      I absolutely love popcorn... buttered, salted and with just enough seasoning salt :)

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Lucky to come popping here to know your secret :D

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      Glenn619 6 years ago

      Lucky to come popping here to know your secret :D

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      never a real fan of popcorn as I can't eat butter and salt. However, I love your idea and swear to keep the secret.

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      NaturalVamp 6 years ago

      Oh you are a trickster dahling,with that question about the first use! I'm keeping my eye on you! Not because of that but because you have got some excellent secrets. I so disliked those unpopped kernels.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Shhh, I won't tell your secret, everyone will have to come here to find out!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I love popcorn too, especially movie popcorn for some reason it always tastes better there. I have never heard of soaking the seeds what an interesting technique!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Cool technique, I will have to try this out!

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      punkgrinder 6 years ago

      Great Lens, its good to know there is a healthy but tasty way to make great Popcorn.

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      singlemaltdram 6 years ago

      Thank you for the tip! AND the explanation, sounds like it'll make a big difference!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I love popcorn but the past couple times I have purchased it the popcorn has not been very good but your method makes me think that this just may be the solution. Your lenses are always so wonderfully informative.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I can't remember the last time I had popcorn. I love it at the movies!

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      What great information, I love popcorn and can't wait to try this.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      I will definitely try your recipe because I am fond of pop corn as well! Thank you for sharing your secret!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day! This Fool is here to leave you a Special Yummy Angel Blessing!

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love popcorn - will have to try the soaking in coconut water technique.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      I like a quick snack. I choose popcorn every time. Thanks.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      Popcorn is so delicious! I would love to eat some right now, but I'm afraid it's past my bedtime.....as usual ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      To think that it can be savoured in so many ways, while I knew just one thing about the popcorn - tossing them in microwave oven to pop them up.

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      WateredGardenCreations 6 years ago

      Sounds very yummy. I'm going to have to get some popcorn and try this soon.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      That sounds wonderfully delicious.I wonder if I can caramel of some sort in it. I love caramel popcorn but I cant find it anywhere.Thank you so much for the tips .They might come in very handy.Especially if I can get caramel in it. Great lens Topic;) Joni

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Love pop corn my family love it

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I am so trying this tonight. I also love popcorn and since I'm diabetic is one favorite treat that (for me at least) has little to no affect on my blood sugars. Am curious to see if I notice a difference. Thanks for the tip.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I love popcorn, it's healthy and better for us than many other snacks. I didn't do so well on the quiz though!

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      Sure will, the next time I make it!