How to Dehydrate Popcorn


Popcorn must be well dried to pop properly; otherwise it will simply become cooked corn. Whether drying corn to make popcorn or re-drying popcorn that has become soggy, you must dry the corn carefully and completely. Only a hardened, fully dried kernel will form the best popcorn.

Things You'll Need

  • Food dehydrator
  • Spread the kernels of popcorn on the tray of the food dehydrator. Make sure the popcorn is spaced out so that air can get between each of the kernels.

  • Set the dehydrator to 130 degrees, and allow time for the dryer to preheat.

  • Insert the tray into the dehydrator, and leave it to dry for 10 minutes. Check the popcorn every 10 minutes to see if it has dried sufficiently.

  • Let the kernels cool slightly when you check them for dryness. Use your fingers to feel the kernels in order to get a sense of their dryness. A well-dried kernel will feel leathery and slightly sticky.

  • Remove the popcorn when it is properly dried, and leave it spread out to allow it to cool completely. When it is cool, store it in a well-sealed airtight container to preserve its freshness.

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