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The Popcorn Cannon

On November 30th, on my way home from the university, I came upon a man using an old fashioned pressure cooker over an open fire. After a couple of minutes the man tilted the cooker off the fire, pointed it into a large canvas bag and flipped the lever releasing the lid. The pressure cooker exploded like a cannon, shooting a barrage of popcorn into the bag.

I went back home, grabbed Schäfer and headed back to watch. Needless to say, Schäfer and I were both mesmerized. We sat there for at least an hour watching explosion after explosion.

Here’s the video:

Popcorn Cannon from Easternjourney.com on Vimeo.

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On Friday evening, the popcorn cannon was back. This time Sandra came out with the kids and we watched the spectacle together.

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Recipe: Add salt, sugar and corn kernels (or rice, oats or any other form of dried kernel).

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Cinch on the lid.

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Put it on the fire. Keep spinning the pot so the ingredients don’t burn.

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At a certain pressure, aim it into the canvas bag and pull the release. BOOM!!!

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Popped rice aka Rice Krispies!

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Only 7RMB per bag. ($1.07)

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Dig in!

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Share the love…

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Sianna loves popped rice.

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After a few rice krispies, we decided to go check out the new bubble tea shop that opened around the corner.

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Schäfer ordered a coconut milk drink. Pretty tasty!

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Sandra was happy to have her first bubble tea in a year.

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Schäfer placed the rest of his drink in my water bottle holder.

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Once the line dwindled down, we ordered a bag of puffed rice. Boom! Delicious!

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