Everyone’s Favorite Summertime Snack
Everyone has their own guilty pleasure food, particularly during the summer. For some people it might be ice cream, but if you reside in Ohio, kettle corn is a must have! There’s something special about the sweet-and-salty taste that kettle corn has that makes it addictive. During summer time, at locations like the Chippewa Lake Flea Market, you can smell the aroma of freshly made corn the 1st Sunday of every month. Have you ever stopped to think about where kettle corn came from? Here you will discover the history of this American favorite food.
Throughout the 18th century Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania would bring cast iron kettles to fairs and festivals. The kettles were lined with freshly made butter. They heated the butter to temperatures high enough to toss dry corn kernels into the kettles. They would use wooden utensils to stir the corn, as the kernels popped they’d add sugar or honey to caramelize the popcorn. When they have been finished making the popcorn they would throw salt over the freshly made kettle corn.
The simplicity of this, shouldn’t cause you to underestimate the flavor. There are numerous sugary additions that enhance the flavor of the newly made popcorn. Before modern times American pioneers would sweeten their kettle corn using molasses, cane sugar, or honey. Honestly, using different ingredients to sweeten pot corn opened the door for a new flavor palate. Most households buy pre-made microwave bags.
Nowadays many Americans are introduced to kettle corn by visiting state or county fairs, flea markets, craft shows, festivals or carnivals. Your parents and siblings might take you to one of these fun events during the summer and indulge in this sweet treat.
1/4 Corn Oil
If you’re feeling ambitious enough to create your own kettle corn, regular white sugar works just fine. Sugar isn’t everything that you will need to create kettle corn; you also need the right equipment. For the average cook at home you will need to add corn oil into a large pot over medium heat. After the pot is the right temperature add the popcorn kernels and stir. For another 3-4 minutes shake the pot while adding the sugar. It’s important to eliminate the fresh kettle corn out of the pot before serving. The sugar has caramelized in the pot, the heat from the pot will cause the remaining sugar to stick and burn.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KETTLE CORN AND POPCORN
Movie theaters throughout the Great Depression started offering popcorn in concession stands. Popcorn is fast to make, portable, cost effective, and yummy. After this became a fad for moviegoers there was no stopping the popcorn bandwagon.
How can popcorn kernels pop?
There are several varieties of corn, but only”popcorn” will popup. Researchers have figured out that popcorn kernels have enough water to cause the corn to pop. A tough skin, called a hull, encloses the water inside of the kernel. Meanwhile, as the kernel heats up, the water becomes steam and the pressure causes an explosion of deliciousness we know as popcorn!
Popcorn is a.. . grain
There has been much debate about whether or not popcorn is a grain or vegetable. We know that corn is a vegetable, but popcorn according to the USDA is a grain. There are enough high quality carbohydrates found in popcorn to call it a grain.
As the popularity of popcorn grew, so did the need for a quicker way to generate popcorn. There became a demand to generate popcorn by using microwaves due to the speed. Now there’s a preset popcorn button for your convenience.