Slow Motion Popcorn Popping

Making your own popcorn is one of the cheapest and easiest (and healthy, too!) snacks you can make.  When you buy white popcorn kernels in bulk it costs less than $1 per pound.  Toss it with a little kosher or sea salt and you’re good to go for a potato chip alternative at lunch or a night time snack before going to bed.

The above slow-motion video of a single kernel of popcorn popping was shot at 6,200 frames per second from the folks behind Modernist Cuisine.  They explain that once a kernel reaches a certain level of internal steam pressure, “the kernel is released very rapidly, expanding the starch and proteins into a dense foam that sets quickly.”  [via Eater]

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