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Old 10-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #21
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If I did microwave popcorn it would be pop secret homestyle, it's good without all that fake butter flavor!
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #22
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I'm suddenly getting nostalgic for Jiffy Pop, as much fun to make as it is to eat.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:36 PM   #23
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If I did microwave popcorn it would be pop secret homestyle, it's good without all that fake butter flavor!
That 'fake' butter is nothing but all chemicals. Horrible stuff! I always get the plain and add my own melted butter after it is popped.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #24
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We, too, love stovetop popcorn. However, we use and have used for years a device called a Whirly Pop. It's an awesome gadget and we never have any unpopped kernels. We also use coconut oil, which makes the popcorn taste great.

The Whirley Pop is a great device!

I don't think I could make popcorn without one anymore. Not only does it
virtually eliminate unpopped kernels it also lets you use less oil.

Do they still make Jiffy Pop? I loved that stuff as a kid. Had a friend who insisted it only worked if you chanted "Pop Pop Jiffy Pop" as you shook it on the stove.

The Whirley Pop is just as much fun to use as Jiffy Pop. Another plus is that you can add some sugar and get Glazed/Caramel popcorn.

Temperature is important in popcorn popping.

Your corn should pop into a basic "butterfly shape". If it pops into a round ball (mushroom shape) you're popping it too hot. It will be tough and chewy.

Enjoy your popcorn folks and spice it anyway you see fit. It's one of those foods even my cardiologist likes.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:01 PM   #25
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I really need to try that nutritional yeast, I've heard good things about it.
I buy it at the bulk food store. I dress steamed green beans with it, top popcorn with it, use it in place of little amounts re: recipes that call for parm. cheese. Love it on steamed broccoli. I also add a bit to scrambled eggs. Love the stuff.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #26
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The Whirley Pop is a great device!

I don't think I could make popcorn without one anymore. Not only does it
virtually eliminate unpopped kernels it also lets you use less oil.
Zagut----- I bought a Whirley Pop last year and I had absolutely NO luck with it at all! In fact it was LESS than no luck.
What's your secret---- because I've kept it thinking to try again. I would like to use it because a lot more popcorn can be popped in it.

I have an electric coil stove---- would that make a difference?
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:31 PM   #27
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I have no secret.

I got mine from my sister about 15 years ago.

I thought it was a silly contraption but after I used it I became a fan.

I just followed the instructions.

Preheat to medium high. #8 seems to work on my cooktop. I did need to play with the heat at first. (The butterfly-mushroom thing really works)

Add the popcorn and oil. (I have used butter in place of oil) Put it on the stove and start stirring slowly and evenly.

If you add sugar be prepared for more clean up.

It starts popping in about 2 minutes and is usually finished in another 3 to 4 minutes.

Once it stops take it off the heat and dump it in a bowl. Add seasoning of choice and enjoy.

I have the bowl and seasonings ready so perhaps my luck is timing.

I try to use as little oil as I can and have found being quick with adding whatever seasoning helps it stick to the kernels.

Hey it's popcorn so experiment and enjoy.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:45 PM   #28
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At first I had no idea what all of you were talking about. Yoohoo, Google, come here. I have seen them for years. Was never interested. Years ago I had a Presto Hot air popper. Wore it out making pop corn for my son and his friends. So I resorted to the micro pop corn. But have always bought the butterless, seasonless package. Melted my own butter and added my own salt. but even those packages make just too much for me. The Whirley Pop is looking betterer and betterer (childrenese) more and more.
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It's a funny looking contraption for sure Addie.

But it really cuts down on unpopped kernels and once you get used to it you can use less oil.

I'd have never bought one myself but since getting it as a gift I've been sold on the darned thing.

If mine dies I will replace it.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:51 PM   #30
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Zagut----- I bought a Whirley Pop last year and I had absolutely NO luck with it at all! In fact it was LESS than no luck.
What's your secret---- because I've kept it thinking to try again. I would like to use it because a lot more popcorn can be popped in it.

I have an electric coil stove---- would that make a difference?
I've used my Whirley Pop on electric coils, smooth top and gas with no problems. The only part of the learning curve with any of these types of stove is you have to "play" with the popper in order to learn how the type of stove interacts with it as far as the heat is concerned.

As Zagut said, it makes perfect corn with far less oil that I ever used in the past.

Give it another try cave76. Once you've mastered it, you will love it.
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