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Old 10-13-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Popcorn

I love making popcorn. I make it in a large stockpot, using coconut oil. I've been trying many different brands, cooking them the same way, and always using real butter and popcorn salt. A team of experts (my daughter and her college friends) have concluded that 1: I have ruined microwave or hot air popcorn for them; and 2: Orville Redenbachers is the best.

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Old 10-13-2013, 09:23 PM   #2
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I discovered stovetop popcorn awhile ago too. Beats the microwave version hands down!

I got some Amish kernals from a local grocer, Maiden or something like that, really good.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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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.

As for the type of popcorn, we purchase our popcorn at an area Amish market. Our favorite is something called Ladyfinger. It's tiny, tiny kernels and almost hull-less. With butter and salt on it, it's nothing short of popcorn heaven.

Aw, boo! Now I want some popcorn!!!!
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #4
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I concur with your daughter and her friends. Pan popped popcorn is awesome. You can also add various seasonings to the oil as the popcorn cooks such as garlic for savory flavors or cinnamon for sweet flavors. I lightly coats the popcorn as it cooks.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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I always make it on the stovetop, and Orville Redenbacher is my favorite, also.
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Old 10-13-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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As for the type of popcorn, we purchase our popcorn at an area Amish market. Our favorite is something called Ladyfinger. It's tiny, tiny kernels and almost hull-less. With butter and salt on it, it's nothing short of popcorn heaven.

Aw, boo! Now I want some popcorn!!!!
Yes, Ladyfinger! That's it! Thanks Katie!
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:30 PM   #7
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My favorite is kettle corn. A little sweet and a little buttery.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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I guess I'll show my age when I get a giggle about ''discovering'' pan popped popcorn. LOL

But an affectionate giggle.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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I'm a stove top popper!

I use an old worn out heavy aluminum pan that started it's life as a pressure cooker, it's the pan my Mother used and it reminds me of old times. When I croak they can toss it out!

Once a year, in the winter, I make a pan of popcorn with bacon grease instead of oil for old times sake!
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I am a popcorn fanatic. I cook mine in microwave using the Nordiware popper, it's awesome! Even if you leave it in a little too long it won't burn. It's perfectly vented to keep the popcorn from getting chewy or soggy. That's the thing I didn't like about stove top cooking, getting the venting right for crisp, tender popcorn. When I did pop on the stove using a wok and foil poked with holes like Alton Brown.

I've gotten a lot of people hooked on using coconut oil, I won't use anything else anymore. I use penzys fine sea salt right in with the oil and popcorn. I really like our store brand popcorn, it's about a third the price of Orville. I may try Orville again, the club store has a good price on it.
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