Episode 78: Popcorn

Monday, January 22, 2018
On this week's episode, we chat all about popcorn, how we like to eat it, the long history of popcorn, and the science of the somersaulting popping popcorn kernel. It's going to be tasty! Plus, we help our Food Fight listener help a friend who is starting a new "diet".

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Let's taco 'bout it!

Alton Brown's Eat Your Science Tour and Astro Pop at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Did you know that popcorn is not genetically modified?
  • The tasty and sweet Cracker Jack was created in the 1890s.
  • Charles C. Cretor created his popcorn popping machine in the 1885, first based on the steam engine. C. Cretors and Company is still owned by the family today.
  • In 1938, Glen Dickson owned several movie theaters and he decided to install popcorn making machines in the theaters and made a LOT of money.
  • Movie theater popcorn can provide a day and a half's allowance of saturated fat according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

  • Pericarp is the tough outer shell, germ (seed embryo), then the endosperm (has starch). As the heat increases, the water in the endosperm starts to boil/turn into steam and creates pressure, just like your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • The Slo Mo Guys recorded popcorn popping. So fun!

Run Time: 51 minutes

Sponsors: Our podcast is brought to you by our awesome and food-loving sponsor, IKEA in Draper, Utah!

IKEA Make Room For Organization Event at the Draper IKEA

Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2018
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

**We'll be there on January 27 Facebook/Instagram Live-ing the Junk Drawer No More workshop at 10 am MST. Join us for fun giveaways!**

Customers can sign up for IKEA Family online and use the $25 off $150 purchase coupon valid only Jan.27th and 28th 2018. A full list of activities will be available on http://www.ikea.com/us

Some activities will include:
  • Junk Drawer No More! Learn how to easily organize your kitchen junk drawer to find a happy home for those frequently used items that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
  • Linen Closet Rescue! With bulky items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, the linen closet can easily become overstuffed and cluttered.  Learn tips and tricks using storage solutions to give your linen closet the makeover it needs.
  • Sampling selected Swedish food itemsFree sampling of selected Swedish food items. $5 off $25 purchase of Swedish Food Market items.
  • Activities for kids & adults
  • IKEA Family offers


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