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Salt & Vinegar Popcorn

I'm desperate to recreate the delicious salty / sour taste of Kettle's Salt & Vinegar potato chips. Last night I tried putting rice vinegar in a atomizer and spraying it on popcorn then sprinkling with salt. This kind of worked. The popcorn was not wet and the sourness was coming through, but not strong enough. I think I'm going to repeat this experiment, but using malt vinegar next time. Has anyone else tried this?

6 comments:

Max said...

Hi Guys. I make a lot of gourmet popcorn and I have yet to find a satisfactory method to put wet topping on in an even manner. The 'best' way is to spread the popcorn out on a baking sheet, apply the wet stuff in a sprinkle, then put back in the bowl to toss in the dry toppings. One method I have found useful is to find a powdered version of the topping you like and use that. Powdered soy sauce, tabsco, and vinegar are available.

Killbox said...

Might try making vinegar powder, by spritzing small amounts of the vinegar onto maltodextrin then drying and grinding that. or some people make sodium acetate (the salt that is formed when mixing vinegar and bakingsoda, and the water evaporated off), its also possible using a cool evaporating dish you might be able to dry a shallow wide bath of salt/vinegar.

Eric said...

citric acid powder might work

Mikey Sklar said...

@Eric: I'll give the citric acid powder a try. Since posting this I had used malt vinegar powder which had a great taste, but made me cough due to it being in fine powdered form.

Eric said...

I made some last night with white wine vinegar drizzled on. Soggy, but sour and tasty!

Mikey Sklar said...

Eric: I tried a mixture of citric acid, salt and malt vinegar powder and I think that is the right combination. I had used a bit too much citric acid, but once I get the ratios worked out I'll post it.

Try spritzing your vinegar. It will prevent the soggy factor.