Popcorn has been a favorite snack since who knows when (too lazy to look up the answer). Anyways, who really cares? All that matters is it’s good, it keeps the kids quiet, and the best part is… the shelf-life is INDEFINITE!!! If you haven’t added anything to your home storage yet, go get yourself a 50lb bag now or order popcorn online!
Some of the benefits are it’s:
Much better than the store-bought junk, look at all those crazy ingredients on the back of a box and just try to pronounce them. Plus, after reading “Salt, Sugar, Fat” I’ve been convinced all the food giants are out to kill us ;)
If you need a little more convincing check-out this from Prevention:
Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize—and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.
2- TASTES BETTER!
Anything homemade just tastes better! Enough said!
3- LONGER SHELF-LIFE
For the most part, food stored in its original form (beans, wheat, popcorn, etc.) lasts much longer, than when it has been altered. So learning to cook with the basics gives you the freedom to be able to cook, add to, and alter foods when, and how YOU want!!
- Whole Popcorn – INDEFINITE (if stored properly)
- Microwave Popcorn – Lasts for about 7-9 months
- Popped Popcorn – Lasts for about 2 weeks
- Cornmeal – Lasts for about 6-18 months
GRINDING POPCORN INTO CORNMEAL
I’m a little embarrassed to actually admit this, but I didn’t realize you could grind popcorn into cornmeal. I thought I had to get cornmeal from the store and vacuum-seal it into jars, or freeze it to keep fresh. Since discovering this trick, I haven’t picked up a bag of cornmeal since!
Turn the Grinder On…
You Now Have Cornmeal!
Yes, it’s that Easy, unless you choose to hand-grind it (that takes a little more strength :). Now go impress your friends, and make them some cornbread!
FYI – Popcorn to Cornmeal Conversion:
Grains increase about 25% in volume when ground into FLOUR:
- 1 c popcorn = about 1 1/4 c of cornmeal
- 2 c popcorn = about 2 1/2 c cornmeal
- 4 c popcorn = about 5 c cornmeal
Ditch the overloaded preservative stuff, all you need for homemade popcorn is:
1/2 c popcorn
3 T oil
- Put the oil and popcorn into a pot.
- Cover and turn the heat to medium .
- Leave the lid slightly ajar to allow for steam to escape.
- When the popping slows, remove from the heat.
- Spice it up with whatever flavors, salt, & butter you want.
- DIG IN!