A question regarding popcorn...

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  1. Jeremy Allin

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    Ok, so I'm microwaving some popcorn a little bit ago...
    Standing there watching it spin around and around must have put me in a hypnotic state as I began to ponder one of life's great mysteries.
    "Hmmmm, I wonder why I have to put the bag in there with a specific side facing up. Popcorn kernals are round aren't they? It shouldn't matter!"
    Would somebody please bestow their wisdom upon this poor soul? [​IMG]
     
  2. Ryan Potts

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    ok, I will, but only this once. [​IMG]
    because they put the heating pad (for the lack of the actual term) on the side they tell you to face down. Plus the bag has room to expand since most of the time the bag tends to fold up right after I put it in the microwave.
    I hope that helps some.
     
  3. ace peterson

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    I think the reason for that is because the butter is "pasted" to one side of the bag. Therefore it can melt down onto all the kernals when they pop. Just a guess.
     
  4. Leila Dougan

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    That's an interesting theory, Ace. However, I don't quite buy it. Its always been my experience that the butter "paste" is placed only around the opening of the bag. That way, your arm emerges from the bag with yellow globs stuck on your arm hairs. [​IMG]
     
  5. Kevin P

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    Ryan's right. There's material in the "this side down" side of the bag that absorbs the microwave energy and converts it to heat. This heat heats the kernels and makes them pop. Popcorn kernels don't absorb microwave energy well so they need this "heating pad" as Ryan put it in order to pop in the microwave.

    KJP
     
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    Your popcorn bag is really an alien satellite dish that's made to point to a certain star in the Aldeberon solar system. If you would put your popcorn "face down" other than the way it is placed, the signal containing your GPS location, the weather in your area, and the secret plans of Area-51 of the US government, would not be received at the alien's dish. Therefore, the microwave popcorn cartel has full control of your microwave oven for it's own illicit usage. Really, the popcorn is just a side effect.
    [​IMG]
    Jay
     
  7. Anthony_J

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    Actually, you can microwave plain popcorn in a regular brown lunch bag.

    I know the pad is why you have to orient the bag in the microwave, but I don't know why it's there. maybe to better stand up to the hot grease or to make the heat more uniform?
     
  8. Jeremy Allin

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    Ever notice how most people burn microwave popcorn? It's soooo dumb (not that I haven't done it). There was this guy at work who eat it like once or twice a week, and we always knew because he would burn it each time. You think people would learn...
     
  10. Thi Them

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    Some people actually like burnt popcorn.

    ~T
     
  11. Jeff Blair

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    I am thinking that the "heating pad" might be the butter, and oil. Popcorn pops because of the water in the it. Who know, I might be way off base..after all it is almost Friday. [​IMG]
     
  12. Scott Littlefield

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    Maybe it's just so the bag will open up correctly during the popping process.... [​IMG]
     
  13. DennisHP

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    I think they are making it easier for us beacuse if you didn't place the bag the way they want it, you would have to turn your microwave upside down.
     
  14. Ryan Potts

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    ok, I stand corrected. it is an alien conspiracy and they already got to me [​IMG]
     
  15. Thi Them

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    Someone should just try microwaving the popcorn bag the wrong side down.

    ~T
     
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  18. Mike boettner

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    One time, at popcorn camp.......

    Mike
     
  19. Chris Tsutsui

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    I have the "As seen on TV" popcorn maker. It pops EVERY kernal using hot air and doesn't need grease or microwave and finishes poping the corn faster. When each kernal pops, air catches it and pushes it out a tube into a bowl. This causes each kernal to pop and immediatly escape the hot air so none become burnt.
    Anyways It still works fine after about 5-7 years or so. Usually I return infomercial products but not this one [​IMG]
    The kernal has to reach a certain temperature that is dependent on both the size of the kernal and the amount of moisture within it. So if a kernal is left in open air and becomes stale it will not pop even in my patented super machine. This is why popcorn bags are inside individual plastic bags.
    So don't let your popcorn age.
    Another tip is if your popped corn becomes stale you can reuse the stale corn by pouring boiled carmel on them and oven heating them. They won't taste stale but will be crunchy carmel goodness.
     
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