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Does soaking popcorn in water make it pop bigger?

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2009-10-31 05:49:28
2009-10-31 05:49:28

If by bigger you mean fluffier, then apparently yes. Read on . . .

Before making popcorn on the stove or in an air popper, soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes.
Drain the water, then pop as normal. The additional moisture helps the popcorn pop up quicker and fluffier with fewer "old maids."

Sourced from: http://lifehackery.com/2008/05/17/50-amazingly-helpful-time-tested-tips-for-the-kitchen/

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