Can Popcorn Go Bad?

  • Author: wpeagle
  • Published: May 12, 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Yes! Popcorn can go bad if it is not stored properly.

If your popcorn is stale, it will not taste as good as fresh popcorn. Popcorn can also go bad if it is exposed to moisture or humidity. This article will take you through how to spot bad popcorn and how to store your popcorn correctly to prevent it from going bad.

Key Points at a Glance

  • Popcorn can go bad if not stored correctly.
  • Unless the popcorn is moldy, it’s unlikely to make you unwell (it just won’t taste as good as it should)
  • Popcorn should be stored in an airtight container
  • Popcorn can be frozen if required

How To Store Popcorn?

The best way to store popcorn is in an airtight container. You can also store popcorn in a zip-lock bag. Be sure to remove all the air from the bag before sealing it. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.

Airtight containers are the best way to store popcorn

How To Tell If Popcorn Is Bad

There are a few ways to tell if your popcorn is bad. First, check the expiration date on the package. If the popcorn is past this date, it is probably bad.

  • If the popcorn looks discolored or has mold on it, throw it away.
  • If the popcorn smells bad, it is probably bad.
  • If the popcorn tastes bad, it is probably bad.

If popcorn is bad, it will have a musty or sour smell. The kernels will also be hard and not crunchy. If the popcorn is moldy, it will have white or black spots on it.

Do Unpopped Kernels Go Bad??

Unpopped kernels can last for up to two years if they are stored properly. The best way to store them is in an airtight container, like a kilner jar in a cool, dry place. You can also store them in the freezer.

What happens if you eat expired unpopped popcorn?

If you eat expired unpopped popcorn, it’s unlikely to make you sick. Expired popcorn is going to lose some flavour however and the texture when popped may not be very nice.

Can You Freeze Popcorn?

Yes, you can. Learn more in this article.

Can bad popcorn make you sick?

Yes, bad popcorn can make you sick. If you eat moldy popcorn, you could get sick. Popcorn that has gone bad will have a sour or musty smell. The kernels will also be hard and not crunchy.

If the popcorn is moldy, it will have white or black spots on it. Moldy popcorn should not be eaten. If you eat bad popcorn and get sick, you should see a doctor.

When popcorn goes bad does it contain any toxins?

No, when popcorn goes bad it does not contain any toxins. However, if it has mold, these funguses can create harmful toxic metabolites called aflatoxins (AFs)

What type of popcorn lasts the longest, sweet or savoury?

Savoury popcorn lasts longer than sweet popcorn because the sugar in sweet popcorn can attract moisture and cause the popcorn to go bad faster.

Final thought

Popcorn can go bad if it is not stored properly. The best way to store popcorn is in an airtight container. You can also store popcorn in a zip-lock bag. Be sure to remove all the air from the bag before sealing it. Popcorn can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.

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