3 Ways to Keep Popcorn Fresh

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3 Ways to Keep Popcorn Fresh
3 Ways to Keep Popcorn Fresh

Nobody deserves to reach into the bucket, put the popcorn in their mouths and feel that squishy or rancid texture. The good news is that just making a few small changes will make your popcorn fluffy and crunchy, even days after it pops. To keep it fresh, store it in an airtight pot and season it just before eating.


Method 1 of 3: Storing Homemade Popcorn

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 1

Step 1. Pop a batch of popcorn and don't season it

You can pop the corns on the stove or in the microwave, but don't add butter, salt or other seasonings. Any seasoning can make the popcorn mushy or rancid.


Flavored microwave popcorn will only stay fresh for a few days.

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 2

Step 2. Allow the popcorn to cool

If you place hot or warm popcorn in a pot, moisture will accumulate in the container and the popcorn will be soft. Allow it to cool well before storing.

The popcorn doesn't take long to cool down. If you're in a hurry, place them on baking sheets, spread out, so they cool faster

Step 3. Put the popcorn in an airtight pot

Once it has cooled down, place it in a plastic or glass jar. Don't choose too big a pot or the popcorn will go rancid faster. If you can, fill the pot to the top so it doesn't get too much air.

If you don't have a sturdy pot or jar, use a plastic zipper bag. Get all the air out before closing it

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 4

Step 4. Store the popcorn at room temperature for one to two weeks

If you haven't added salt, butter, or any kind of seasoning to the popcorn, it will last for at least a week. Do not put it in the fridge, as this will bring in moisture, which makes the popcorn rancid.

If you're putting away the purchased popcorn that you've made and left over, check it out every now and then to see if it's still fresh. Since the purchased popcorn is already seasoned, it can be soft after a few days

Step 5. Season the popcorn just before eating

If you want that classic flavor, add melted butter and salt. Anyone who wants something different can melt some honey with the butter before tossing in the popcorn. Want a salty and peppery popcorn? Add chili powder, cheese and salt.

If you don't mind getting your hand dirty, mix the popcorn with caramel or chocolate syrup

Method 2 of 3: Saving Another Day's Popcorn

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 6

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 120 ºC and place the popcorn in a baking dish

Take a baking sheet with high edges so the popcorn doesn't slip and fall out. Put in the amount of popcorn you want to eat.

Arrange the popcorn so that it is in one layer. No overlapping


If you need to save a lot of popcorn, heat it in batches.

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 7

Step 2. Heat in oven for five minutes

Place the pan in the preheated oven and allow it to crispy again. Check it out after five minutes to see if it's no longer squishy or rancid.

If the popcorn is still a little rancid, heat it for another minute and look again

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 8

Step 3. Season before eating

If the popcorn is empty, add melted butter and salt, or your favorite spices. You can add powdered grated cheese (those we use in pasta), powdered curry or cinnamon mixed with sugar, for example.

Do not keep the popcorn after seasoning, as this will make it soft again

Method 3 of 3: Making Unspiced Popcorn on the Stove

Step 1. Pour oil into a thick-bottomed pan and add two popcorn corns

Take the pan to the stove and pour two tablespoons of soy or canola oil into it. Put two popcorns together and cover the pan.

If the lid of the pan is made of glass, you will be able to see when the corns pop. If you don't have a glass lid, you'll have to hear them burst

Keep Popcorn Fresh Step 10

Step 2. Turn on medium to high heat and wait for corn to pop

You'll know the oil is hot enough when you see or hear a corn pop, at least. Don't keep removing the lid all the time to look because the heat will escape.

Step 3. Add half a cup of popcorn and put the lid back on

Carefully lift the lid and add the corn kernels. Stir the pan so the corns are covered in oil and put the lid back on.


If you want to make more popcorn, make more than one batch instead of putting more corn in the pan.

Step 4. Shake the pan over the heat for two to four minutes so that all the corns pop

Shake the pan gently to keep the beans moving so they don't burn. You'll hear the pops start in a minute or two. After that, it will take another minute or two for all the corns to pop.

Step 5. Remove pan from heat when counting three seconds between each burst

You won't hear a lot of grain sliding around the pot when you shake it, and the pops will also slow down once most of the corn has popped. Turn off the fire when there are three seconds between one blast and another.

Watch out for popcorn that might pop when you open the pan to take it out


Dried popcorn corn lasts two years if stored at room temperature


  • Even if you can put the popcorn in the freezer, it will make it hard even after defrosting. It's not a good idea.
  • Do not microwave popcorn in paper bags. They are often made from recyclable materials that can catch fire inside the microwave oven.

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