What to do with that hard ear of corn? It’s a different variety than the sweet corn we're used to seeing. Check out the directions below for two different ways to pop it, and this video for a demonstration of Method #2.


Method #1: Stovetop

1. First, remove the dried corn kernels from the cob. The trickiest part is loosening the first row; do this with a spoon or your fingernails. Once the first row is off, the remaining kernels should come off easily by loosening with your hands and shaking into a bowl.

2. Once all kernels are removed, you’re ready to pop! Find a pot with a large surface area and a matching lid. Pour in ¼ cup canola or vegetable oil, then add the kernels. Shake the pan around to evenly distribute the kernels and coat with oil. The pan should be big enough so that the kernels are not overcrowded and/or piled on top of each other.

3. Turn heat to medium and begin to slide the pot back and forth over the burner. Keep sliding/ shaking back and forth to evenly distribute the heat to all sides of the kernels. About 3-5 minutes later, the first kernel will pop. At this point, put the lid on the pan. Keep the pan moving until the popping speeds up, then slows down, and all kernels are popped. Remove from heat.

4. Toss popcorn with melted butter and/or other seasonings. Serve immediately.

Method #2: Microwave

1. Place ear of popcorn in a brown paper bag. With your hand, twist the end of the bag closed.

2. Place in a microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes.

3. Listen for kernels to begin popping, then slow. When the rate slows down to more than 3 seconds between pops, remove bag from oven. Kernels will have popped off the cob.

4. Shake popcorn from bag and season as desired. Serve immediately.