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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:37 PM

I love popcorn! Not that nasty microwave stuff with the toxic butter. Real popcorn made on the stove. Trouble is, I'm not always happy with the stuff I make. I use a Whirly Pop pot and too often it turns out tough and chewy like cardboard. Not light and crunchy like movie popcorn. Any tips on how to improve it???
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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:41 PM

My girls make home made popcorn in the microwave using a paper bag, some olive oil and regular popping corn. It is very tasty !! :thumbs:

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 02:46 PM

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions
  • In a cup or small bowl, mix together the unpopped popcorn and oil. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle in the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice to seal in the ingredients.
  • Cook in the microwave at full power for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until you hear pauses of about 2 seconds between pops. Carefully open the bag to avoid steam, and pour into a serving bowl.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 04:11 PM

I use a Whirley pop and love it. My experiance has shown that the quality of the popcorn is the difference. Dad grows popcorn and I dry it and shell it. Each year a different variety.

For store bought, I would recommend Orville Redenbacker or other top shelf corn. If I buy it, that's what I get the best results with. Keep it fresh too. It is fairly inexpensive and I feed it to the squirrels if it has been around too long.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 04:26 PM

Here's my way to make it. Throw bag in microwave, turn on till all is popped and then consume. :smilewink: But I like mine to be buttery and a little salty. I've grown my own popcorn and it seems to taste really good with a little bit of work.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 04:46 PM

My experiance has shown that the quality of the popcorn is the difference......
Keep it fresh too.


I sort of figured that, but I've had some just bought that wouldn't pop fer nothin'. What temperature do you use on the stove.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 04:59 PM

Hunny Bunny purchase a tube of 3 types of gourmet popcorn on one of her shopping trips. It was Black beuty, red delicous, and yellow something? Old orville aint got nothing on these three.

For popping,Iput in some cooking oil and three pieces of corn, turn up the heat to med/hi and when those three pieces start popping its time to put in 1/2a cup. Put the lid on and start moving it back and forth over the eyeof the stove. You can tell when its done cause the pops stop coming.

Some melted butter and some season salt and its good to go.

Google gourmet popcorn and try some of the other brands.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 05:05 PM

Your directions are identical to what I've been doing.

I got some corn at a flea market the other day. What I got was a yellow caramel corn variety that pops large. Only thing was, I got mucho old maids. Half the yield of store bought. I wonder how many of these brands are selling last years corn.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 06:37 PM

Oh man, you guys just made me crave for a bowl full.

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 06:52 PM

Freeze the kennels, the steaming process with make just about all of them to pop fully open and real fluffy

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 07:03 PM

Cured.

A wee bit of salt.
Some pepper.
And garlic spread powder.


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Posted August 26, 2012 - 07:25 PM

I use a kettle popper similar to the Whirly Pop, mentioned earlier. I usually use vegetable oil, but if the wife isn't watching, I will grab the grapeseed oil.

I got a gift pack of red, blue and black jewel popcorn a while back from West Bend, I think. The red was good, and the blue was awesome.

http://www.sears.com...u=SPM6506371501

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Posted August 26, 2012 - 09:23 PM

What temperature do you use on the stove.


I use 1/2 cup of corn, one heaping table spoon of coconut oil and I pop it on number 6 or 7 out of 10 on my electric stove. It usually yields a kettle full with very few unpopped.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 06:12 AM

I am a popcorn freak,and am going to have to try those recipe .
Will,the garlic sounds good.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 04:51 PM

Thanks for the recipes.




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