Dill pickle popcorn is super easy to make, on top of being tangy and delicious.
You'll need dill weed, ground coriander, citric acid, dry mustard, salt, garlic cloves crushed or minced, and dill seed. You'll need a large pot with a lid, cooking oil or shortening (or a combination of both), and popcorn kernels (¼ cup per 3 quarts of popped corn).
When we think of pickles, cucumbers commonly come to mind. Pickled cucumbers are often Lacto-fermented in saltwater brine.
During this process, lactic microbial organisms develop, which turn the naturally occurring sugars of foods into lactic acid. In turn, the environment becomes acidic quickly, making it impossible for any spoiling bacteria to multiply.
Cucumber pickles can also be made with salt and vinegar brine, a popular choice for home cooks.
A Short History of Pickles
The word pickle comes from the Dutch word for salt, "pekel," and the German word for salt, "pókel."
Pickling was a way to preserve food in the olden days. Pickles have been a regular part of the human diet for hundreds of years, going back to when they were first served as a pickle relish on bread.
Pickles filled the stomachs of hungry sailors and travelers while also providing families with a food source during the winter months.
How to store Dill Pickle Popcorn
1. Store Out of Direct Sunlight
Popcorn needs to be in a dry, dark place to stay fresh. If it's exposed to sunlight or heat sources for long periods, it will go stale quickly and not taste as good when you eat it again.
2. Keep Popcorn In An Airtight Container
To keep your popcorn from going stale, airtight containers are ideal. This can be a plastic food storage container with a lid or simply an empty plastic bag that has had all the air sucked out of it. You can also use airtight glass jars or clear Tupperware-style containers.
3. Use Aluminum Foil To Wrap The Container When Not In Use
To ensure that smells and moisture don't get in your popcorn container and cause it to go stale, wrap it with aluminum foil before placing the lid on top. This also keeps smells from getting into the next batch of fresh-popped kernels you store.
4. Keep Popcorn In The Freezer If You're Not Going To Use It All Right Away
If you're not going to eat all your fresh-popped popcorn right away, consider putting it into the freezer instead of the refrigerator. This will keep your kernels soft and tasty for even longer.
5. Try And Use All Your Popcorn While It Is Still Fresh
The fresher it is, the better the taste!
Is Dill Pickle Popcorn Healthy?
Popcorn can either be good or bad for a person’s health, depending on what goes into making it.
On its own, without any added sugar or salt, popcorn makes a nutritious and healthy snack.
The problem comes when people add butter to the popcorn and drench it in sugary syrup.
Butter is high in saturated fat, which causes cholesterol levels to rise and increases the risk of heart disease. Sugar adds empty calories that are not necessary for anyone's diet.
However, with dill weed, one can make popcorn into an excellent low-calorie treat that still tastes great!
- 1 tbs dill
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tbs butter
- ½ tsp citric acid
- ¾ cup kernels
- Pop kernels for popcorn
- Mix dill. garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, coriander seeds and sea salt together
- Crush up with mortar and pestle to make fine mixture
- Melt butter
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and pour over popcorn
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 668mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g