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Popping Corn

Popcorn is made by heating the kernels of corn (maize) in oil or at high temperature in a microwave. The corns may be pointed or round, but are always small and hard, and a rich yellow in colour. The kernels pop as their starchy interior swells and explodes through their skin under great pressure. Popcorn is then usually flavoured with salt, butter and caramel, but any oil based flavouring can be mixed through quite easily.

Further Reading

  • Christian, G. (2005) Real Flavours: the handbook of gourmet & deli ingredients, Grub Street. ISBN 1904943209.
  • Stobart, T. (1981) The Cook's Encyclopedia: ingredients & processes, Harper & Row. ISBN 0060141271.