I got cobs of popcorn from my CSA last week, and I was very excited to make some. One of the workers at the stand showed me how to get the kernels off the cob. I couldn't wait to taste some local, fresh, popped sweet corn.
I took the kernels out--I read that you can pop the whole cob, but that the kernels stay on the cob after, and that's not how I'd like to eat popcorn. So I took them out, and picked out all of the bits of the dried cob that came off with them.
I popped them on the stove (I could get a popcorn popping container for the microwave, but I do like it on the stove). I heard some kernels popping, but then. . .nothing. Then I smelled something burning. Argh! So I took the pan off the burner, and this is what I had.
I still have two cobs; I'll ask what I should have done differently.