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I've been searching through the forums and haven't seen this topic discussed. I'm curious how long people keep their excess popcorn before they throw it out and make a fresh batch. I know a lot of people prefer reheated popcorn to fresh-popped and I share that viewpoint but I don't know at what point it's crossed back over.

How long do you keep your popcorn before you throw it out? Are there any health concerns with popcorn sitting out for extended periods of time?

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If you pop it with coconut oil, then it should last for several days. I don't think it gets rancid like other oils can. I have eaten popcorn that is 4-5 days old, and I haven't had any ill effects. It usually never goes longer than that for me, as I pop fresh for the weekend.

I do like the popcorn better after it has been heated on the warming tray for several hours. When it first pops, it tastes chewy to me.
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It never lasts more than a day...the kids usually pick the machine clean by the next day!

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I agree the popcorn is best after sitting on the warming tray for several hours or even the next day when re-heated. Serving freshly popped corn is chewy, it you don't give it a chance to dry or become crispy.
One thing I do is make "Glaze Pop" caramel flavored popcorn. Let it thouroghly dry, then put in 8" X 24" bags and seal it up! I got a 1000 pack of plastic bags.
I take the bags to youth sporting events and high school football, etc.
I really like the caramel popcorn. It tastes great at room temp.
For Home Theater viewing, I make up several batches in the popcorn machine and let it sit for an hour or two (minimum) stirring occasionally, before serving at showtime!
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Gads, I have eaten the popcorn hot right out of the machine and then a couple of times when we were on vacation after two weeks.
Tastes good to me....
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Redenbacher and the small black corn and get fluffy corn with crunch corn. My wife loves it that way. I use conola oil and popcorn salt. Keep the popcorn hot, but I will eat it cold.
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Coconut oil is truly amazing stuff. I've never seen it go 'off' or the popcorn cooked in it go off, even in some very harsh environments where you wouldn't leave a loaf of bread unfrozen for more than 2 days. I regularly leave mine in the popper and periodically warm it for up to a week, but it doesn't last long enough to really create a concern. My courage fails before the corn turns.

Of course, that also says something disturbing about what happens when your body tries to digest it...
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When I first saw the topic I thought you meant how long do you keep the popcorn as far as storing it or the unused portions.
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When I first saw the topic I thought you meant how long do you keep the popcorn as far as storing it or the unused portions.

On that note, there is an expiration date on my cases of Mega Pop. I don't get close to the expiration date - it's all eaten!

On the other portion of the topic, my sons "graze" on any leftovers in the machine. It never lasts more than two days around here!

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One thing I do is make "Glaze Pop" caramel flavored popcorn. Let it thouroghly dry, then put in 8" X 24" bags and seal it up! I got a 1000 pack of plastic bags.
I take the bags to youth sporting events and high school football, etc.
I really like the caramel popcorn. It tastes great at room temp.

Great idea! I have some of the caramel glaze pop and it is fabulous - I never thought to bag it up as a take-along snack

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If the popcorn is still in the popper after 1 day I'll bag it up in gallon sized ziploc bags, pushing as much of the air out as I can.

I could eat it that way, but I prefer to pour it back on to the warming tray to crisp it up a bit.

I've had bags of it go weeks in between eating...it doesn't taste any different in my experience.
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On the subject of prepackaged packets of corn, I found a packet of year old popcorn/oil and tried it. Worst tasting textured ever blahhh.
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On that note, there is an expiration date on my cases of Mega Pop. I don't get close to the expiration date - it's all eaten!

I have used the MegaPop for the past twelve years.... No, the popcorn is not twelve years old Anyhow, I have had some packets more than a year with no discernible difference in taste. The coconut oil does turn white instead of yellow though!

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I've gone close to a week, but it usually doesn't last that long. My general rule is "if it still tastes good, eat it".

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Couple weeks is usually the longest it ever last. Can't recall ever throwing any popcorn out though. The mega pop packs are great as the popcorn stays relatively fresh for at least a week. When I use the Sunflower oil version they tend not to stay fresh as long.
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I read somewhere on AVS that somebody had bought a 50 lb bag from Sam's for only $12, and thought that might be a good idea. Got some today, emptied it into an airtight container (a cooler), and went to throw away the bag when I noticed the bottom of it said "Best When Used by January 2008". A FIFTY lb. bag. I don't think so! :-)

Anyways, think it will be okay if we don't finish it by January 2009??
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Maybe that was me. I had my large bag of popcorn for 3 years (if not more). I stored it in plastic containers and did not have any problems. I'm on my second 50lb bag now. I think if you keep it in a dry area you won't have any problems.
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Even with a Full-size popper, 99% of my popping is limited to one 250 calorie Microwave bag from Orville a night. It usually lasts 15 minutes and it is almost as fresh the 15th minute as it was the 1st.
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Thanks Randy! I don't feel so bad now.
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I'm not so sure that an air tight container is the best choice. The changes in humidty and seasonal changes could cause a condensation problem. My plastic containters were not air tight. Leaving the corn in the bag could reduce any moisture problems with it's absorbant qualites that paper has.
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I use canola oil and have picked some out of the machine almost two weeks later before I started think it was getting stale. Why would popcorn be in the machine two weeks later? Mine is in the garage while I'm building my room, so I don't go out there to get it everyday. Out of site, out of mind, I guess.

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