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Old 04-28-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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How do you make your Popcorn?

For quite a while now I've been using a Microwave Popper. I was wondering if Air Poppers are much better or if there is even that much of a differences.

Either way I do like starting with plain popcorn seeds and making them with a Popper instead of pre-flavored bags. Then I grab whatever I have handy that I like for a seasoning.

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Old 04-29-2007, 06:27 AM   #2
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i make mine in a 6 quart or so, bottom-clad stainless steel pan
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:58 AM   #3
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If I make popcorn other than microwave (which is the usual), on top the stove. Don't care for the air popped at all, too dry for me.
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:04 AM   #4
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Hmmmm, microwave popcorn is just way to convenient for as often as I eat popcorn anymore, but I still have some real stuff in the cupboard.
I never tried those air poppers, but there used to be a "kit" called TV Time popcorn and I follow those instructions, but use Orville's corn and oil.
I put the oil, the corn and the popcorn salt in a pot and bring it up to temp.
At the first pop I remove from the heat, cover and let it sit for a minute.
I then put it back on the heat and when it starts popping I lift it from the flame and hold it above, constantly shaking the pot.
Never fails to come out great.
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:04 AM   #5
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All I have ever used, for 37 years now, is an air popper, so I don't know the difference between microwave and air poppers. Obviously I am very happy with the air popper, am on my third one of the same brand/model. I pop 1/2 cup of kernels, makes a lot of popcporn!, and then drizzle on melted butter to make the nutritional yeast stick. I buy the kernels in bulk, or in those plastic bags at the grocery, like they sell dried beans in. I make pop corn at least once a week.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pacanis
I put the oil, the corn and the popcorn salt in a pot and bring it up to temp.
At the first pop I remove from the heat, cover and let it sit for a minute.
I then put it back on the heat and when it starts popping I lift it from the flame and hold it above, constantly shaking the pot.
Never fails to come out great.
ditto, never fails either
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:29 AM   #7
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I nuke mine in the microwave.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:35 AM   #8
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Microwave....Or old fashion why.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:10 AM   #9
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If I make popcorn other than microwave (which is the usual), on top the stove. Don't care for the air popped at all, too dry for me.
I agree. I tried the air pop method and thought I was eating styrofoam. acccckkkk!! I buy microwave style with butter.
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:16 AM   #10
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We've been using an ancient stove top hand crank popcorn maker. Wprks like a charm.
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:45 AM   #11
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I buy the "mini bags" with butter for the microwave. Just the right size.
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:34 AM   #12
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Microwave. It's been so long since I did it on the stovetop that I don't remember how! It is delish tho, I had some stovetop at my brother's house in NY a couple weeks ago. He has it done to a science and it was so yummy!
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:15 AM   #13
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Now I want to try stove top popcorn! I don't really remember making popcorn any other way but the microwave. Just curious....what do you put on for seasonings? Oh, and one time, I tried to put melted butter on my popcorn, and it like...melted, dissentegrated. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:13 PM   #14
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I have used a “Whirley Pop” popcorn popper for about ten years. It is a stove top device that you have to crank to stir the contents as the kernels pop. It makes fantastic popcorn and the best thing is that almost every kernel pops. Most microwave popcorn I have ever made seems to leave a high percentage of un-popped kernels and/or burns the ones that did pop.

I use ½ cup popcorn, ½ T corn oil and ½ t Flavocol popcorn seasoning and in about 3 minutes @ med-high heat I have 6 quarts of great popcorn.

The popper has a vented lid that allows steam to escape and avoids soggy popcorn. A very small amount of oil can be used due to the continual motion created by cranking which helps eliminate burning.

The popper came with a nice list of recipes but I think I have only used the one for caramel popcorn. It is all made in the popper but wasn’t that good. Clean up was also a bit of a pain.


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Old 05-09-2007, 12:30 PM   #15
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Much prefer popping on the stove. Had an air popper and gave it to our daughter. As someone else said, corn popped this way tasted too much like packing material. Not that I've eaten packing material.

Occasionally will make microwave kind, but any we've ever tried leaves too many old maids in the bag.

I love popcorn and have been known to have a big bowl of buttered and salted popcorn for my evening meal. Nothing else. Sometimes it just hits the spot.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:22 PM   #16
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I haven't made popcorn in a few years. I think the last time I made it, it was microwaved. My dad used to make popcorn for us before we went to a movie and we'd bring it into the movies with us. That was to save money I'm sure.

I think I tried popping corn over the stove once or twice and it turned out to be a mess and was a big flop. That was probably at least 5 years ago if that.

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Old 05-09-2007, 06:08 PM   #17
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I make mine in the microwave at work, seeing my microwave at home bought the farm about 6 months ago.
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I nuke it at home.

When I get a taste for it. Don't do it too often because the hulls get stuck between my teeth.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:41 PM   #19
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When I make it i usually do it over the stove top.
everytime i go to go make it lately, we are either out of paper bags (which is the way that i want to try making it) or i realize that the kernals have all been left at the cottage

I have been meaning to try this recipe but havn't gotten around to it

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Old 05-09-2007, 07:45 PM   #20
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Wow, SurvivorGirl, that looks great and it incorporates one of the major food groups...chocolate.
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