January 19th is National Popcorn Day

Facts about Popcorn

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Cooking Popcorn in a Wok

What is a "wok"?

It is a metal bowl-shaped pan that is often used to cook oriental stir fry dishes. The shape is actually parabolic, causing the food, oil, and other liquids to fall to the center of the pan during cooking.

If you have a wok in the house, try using it to cook popcorn. The shape causes the unpopped kernels to stay in the oil directly over the heat. The popcorn cooks very quickly and nearly every kernel will pop.

How to Cook Popcorn in a Wok

Ideas for Seasoning

Most people are familiar with popcorn seasoned with melted butter and salt, but there may be no limit to the number of wonderful ways you can season your popcorn. Try some of these ideas the next time you make popcorn.

Popcorn Art

Popcorn Snow Collage

You will need:

Select a black, dark blue, or light blue piece of construction paper. Using already popped popcorn (air popped is best so that your art work is not oily) glue the popcorn pieces down to create a three dimensional snow scene. Bits of fabric, felt, aluminum foil, cellophane, or buttons can add interest to snow drifts, snowy city or farm scapes, or snowpeople. White chalk can be used to create additional details.

Rainbow Popcorn Art

You will need:

Select one color of food coloring and drip 1 or 2 drops into a resealable plastic bag. Place already popped popcorn (air popped is best so that your art work is not oily) inside the plastic bag, seal it shut, and shake until the popcorn pieces are spattered with color. Add another drop of color or more popcorn as needed. Dump the colored popcorn out onto newspaper to dry. Repeat this procedure for each color you desire.

When the colored popcorn is dry, use the glue to create a mosaic on the piece of white construction paper. Variations can include different colors of construction paper for the background, or try gluing the pieces to poster board covered in aluminum foil. Add some unpopped kernels for small details, or break the popped pieces for smaller rainbow colored details.

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