Keeping Popped Corn Fresh


Do you ever pop too much popcorn?  I tend to do that from time to time.  I hate to throw it out, especially when I have the salt to butter ratio just right.  Keeping popped popcorn fresh is or was tricky around my house.  Plastic bags work alright when we eat the extra popcorn later in the day, but the bags don't seem to help keep the popcorn snappy-fresh the next day.  Is that a term, snappy-fresh?  You know what I'm talkin'bout.  I needed a way to keep the popcorn fresh for one to two days longer.

I found the answer! A glass jar with a good lid.
The popcorn shown above stayed crispy for two days in that jar.  I'm sure it would have lasted longer, but we ate it all in two days.  It was a nice convenience to have it out on the counter, ready for the kids to pour out in snack bowls.  There's something happy about seeing popcorn in a jar on the counter, too.  It says, "there's fun in this house."

Where do you find big glass jars?
Well, I love yard sales and estate sales.  I like to keep a lookout for canning jars and big glass jars with good lids.  I've paid anywhere from 10- to 50-cents for them.  Usually, the sellers can't imagine what I'm going to do with them, and I can't decide which items I'm going to store in them first.

Caring for glass jars.
When I first get them home, I'll run the glass jars and lids through the dishwasher and use the sanitize cycle just for good measure.  After that, I will hand wash them with hot soapy water, rinse off the soap, soak them in 1.5 teaspoons of bleach to 1/2 gallon of water for 2 minutes, then let them air dry in a sunny spot.

For more on sanitizing with a bleach water solution, read Good Ol' Bleach and Water.

If you don't care to shop yard sales or estate sales, try Amazon.