Katie----- I hope you haven't gone to all the work of sending me the instructions for the Whirley Pop which you kindly offered to do.
I found the instructions on the Internet:
One thing I didn't know and which may have been responsible for my failure----- we're not supposed to put the unit on the heat source and heat it and the oil first!
Since that's how I always made popcorn in a reg. pan I probably did that.
So, now---- I'll try again following the manual!
WhirleyPop™ Popcorn Popper - Instructions
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Seasoning Instructions: First Time Use
Wash and season pan:
Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Tilt the pan to coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Heat for 20 seconds or until oil is hot. Do not leave pan unattended.
Remove from heat and let cool
Wipe out with a napkin and start popping!
Do not add any ingredients while the popper is on any heat source
Use the proper amounts of oil and popcorn.
For Popcorn use 1/2 Cup
For Oil use 1-3 Tablespoon
Some gourmet hybrid popcorn such as white, crimson or petite pop-up smaller and should be adjusted accordingly
As you become more comfortable with your popper, you can reduce the amount of oil used to as low as a single teaspoon. That's about 41 calories - 4 1/2 fat grams!
Do not preheat popper and oil
Place popper with added ingredients on gas stove and turn on the burner. Medium heat is best.
If using electric range, heat range only to medium-high; place popper with added ingredients on heated unit
Stir slowly, adjust temperature as needed so popping is complete in about 3 minutes
Continue stirring through entire process until there is only an occasional pop...pop, or until the handle becomes hard to turn. Do not force the handle.
Remove from heat immediately
Transfer into a serving bowl
Add butter and salt or your favorite seasoning
Never place empty popper on heated stovetop
Never leave popper unattended while popping
Whirley Pop Stovetop Popper Instructions for Use