Raw corn is a delicious, nutritious snack that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Some people like to eat it boiled on the cob or grilled along with a burger during a summer BBQ, while others prefer popping it and making popcorn. Regardless of how you choose to prepare your raw corn, it should be carefully washed prior to consumption to avoid Salmonella bacteria that can cause unpleasant digestive issues when eaten uncooked (via Addicted to Veggies).
To make popcorn from raw corn, you’ll need the kernels, salt, butter, and a microwave. The method is simple and can be done in a few minutes.
First, you’ll need to select a corn varietal that is suitable for raw popcorn. Different corn strains can pop more quickly than other types, so choose one that has the right characteristics for the best results.
The type of corn you choose should also be ripe enough for the sugars to develop. Buying corn that is too young will produce a tough, hard-tasting snack that doesn’t taste as good as it should.
Once you’ve selected a suitable corn varietal, you can then begin the process of harvesting it and turning it into popcorn. You’ll want to harvest corn in late summer or early fall when it is still fresh but has already ripened and developed the sugars that make it sweet.
When the crop has fully matured, it will be fed into a machine called a “corn combine,” which will strip the ear from the stalk and remove the kernels. The kernels are then dried in a special container to keep them at a moisture level that is ideal for popping.
This particular variety of maize is known to turn into popcorn more quickly than other varieties because the kernels maintain a 14% moisture level.
During the drying process, the kernels are placed in a bin with perforations. This allows air to flow through the bottom and helps to dry the kernels quickly, optimizing their ability to pop.
You can then cook your popcorn using the same technique used in traditional popcorn making. Just don’t forget to add a bit of oil or other fat course.
Once the oil is hot, add in a generous portion of the unpopped corn. Then shake the pan regularly to distribute the oil and keep the popcorn from burning.
After a few minutes, you should hear the kernels starting to pop. It should take less than 3 minutes for your popcorn to pop, so watch for the sound of the kernels popping and then take the pan off the heat when it slows down or stops popping altogether.
The end result is a beautiful, crunchy treat that’s perfect for eating at any time of the day. To top it off, you can add any flavorings you’d like.
To ensure the corn you use is ripe and ready to be eaten, check out the color of the silk on the cob. This tuft of cornsilk on each cob begins as a light blonde color but gradually darkens throughout the season. If the silk has started to brown, it’s a sign that your corn is ripe and ready for consumption.