Studies on Popping of Popcorn in a Microwave Oven

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The popping performances of five different varieties of popcorn with moisture contents ranging from 8–18% w.b. were studied using a Litton microwave oven. Each variety was found to have different optimum moisture contents for maximum expansion volume and for minimum unpopped kernel ratio. In one variety (M‐045) the expansion volume correlated with the size of the kernels. Long term frozen storage increased the popped volume in comparison with storage at room temperature. The effect of salt and oil on the popping performance of popcorn was complex. The presence of any surface damage on the kernels decreased the expansion volume significantly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1749
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Food Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science


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