Till now we don’t know when the Popcorn first explored. But it could happen 1000 years ago. In a cave in Mexico Popcorn was found and it was old about 65 hundred years old. But till now this unique grain is still popping up from our home to theater. With a big bowl of popcorn, we can say, it’s showtime. In this post, we will learn how popcorn is made?
Popcorn - How it’s Made:
Making the process of popcorn, start from the farm. Popcorn is one of six types of Corn and this is the only type that actually pops. But right now we can enhance the popcorn plant for a better test, color even the pop-ability. Normally by fall, the popcorn plant is ready to harvest. When popcorn harvest that time it contains 16 to 20 percent of moisture which is a bit high. For this reason, the moisture level needs to decrees to a level of 14 percent.
They use big storage and pump the warm air from the top and condition the popcorn in a specific way. In this way, they minimize the moisture level to 14 percent. It is a kind of critical process that needs to maintain carefully. Because if popcorn is too dry in then it will not pops and if it is too wet then it could be spoil when during storage.
For the massive production of popcorn, we need a factory with various machines. All machines have specific tusk and all maintain carefully. In a factory, a series of oscillating screen machine separated broken parts of popcorn and separate. A vacuum pipe collects the broken parts and separated it into two parts. Small broken impurities corn parts move to the dust collector and larger parts move to the west collector. It can be used as animal food.
In this system, the machine separates this popcorn in one direction and impurity in another direction. This purification process of popcorn continues at the gravity table. Its vibrating action and blower fan makes popcorn rise and flowed on air. In this process, corns are too heavy and too light separate from each other by vibration. But at the corn in the middle is the optimal size of corn for making popcorn.
Then this optimal size of corn moves to another screening machine. All corn now will pass through the different type of sorter. When corns fly that time a sensor track each of them. If there is any problem with any corn then it just blows air pressure and separates it from others.
Now its time to make popcorn by the finest corns. But it needs to pass the quality control. For this reason a half-pound of corn put inside a pot with oil. When the pot reaches 446 Degree Fahrenheit, water inside the corn starts to steam. When there is a lot of pressure inside the corn then it pops. To pass this quality test popcorn have to expand 44 and half time than its original volume.
Popcorn comes with different outer color but when it pops it always comes out with white inside. It took six months to grow this popcorn plant and another few weeks for processing.