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Waste not, want not--refresh your unpopped popcorn. It's like harvesting a whole new crop!

Every good gardener hates to see a tasty, nutritious crop go to waste. But what to do about those unpopped kernels of corn at the bottom of the popcorn sack?

Don't worry; you can put the pop back in those poppers.

All you need is a glass jar, some unpopped kernels, and a quarter of a teaspoon of water for every quarter cup of popcorn.

Let's get popping!

1. Plant the kernels in the jar.

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2. Water

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3. Close the lid (a very important step).

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4. Wiggle!

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5. Let the corn moisten in a cool place for two days.

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6. Pop your crop!

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If the corn still doesn't pop, let it cool. Then repeat the steps.

Krazy Kernels!

* Air-popped corn is the most healthful to eat. Oil-popped corn has nearly twice the calories.

* Popcorn pops because the water inside turns to steam and explodes.

* Corn can pop three feet in the air. Stand back!

* Americans eat about 68 quarts of popcorn every year, enough to half-fill a bathtub.

* You should store popcorn in a cool place. Use airtight containers.

* Native Americans tossed corn on hot rocks or popped it right on the cob.

* Popcorn became popular during World War II, when most sugar went overseas to servicemen.
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