How to Make Popcorn
(the old-fashioned way)
It seems that the only way to make popcorn these days is with the microwave; however, people have been making popcorn for generations and a microwave is certainly not necessary – or even preferred. Microwave popcorn contains far too much oil and salt as well as other added chemicals that have been shown to be unhealthy. If you really want an all-natural healthy snack, give making your own popocrn on the stove a try. This is a simple process that allows you to control the salt and oil and the variations you can use make it either a savory, sweet or salty snack depending on your preference.
In a heavy skillet or pot put approximately 2 or 3 tablespoons of canola, vegetable, or peanut oil. Add 1/3 cup popcorn kernels or enough to make a single layer in the bottom of the pan. Place uncovered pan over medium-high heat and watch carefully until the kernels begin to move around; as soon as a couple of kernels pop, cover and remove from heat. Let sit one minute – this allows all the kernels to reach teh same temperature so that they will pop evenly. Place pan back over medium-high heat and set lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape. Once popcorn starts popping, shake pan slightly to move the kernels around some; when the popping slows down and seems like it’s almost done, remove the pan from heat and immediately pour popcorn into a large bowl.
Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn
If you still want to enjoy making your own popcorn, but you prefer using the microwave, you can make your own microwave popcorn!
How to Serve Your Popcorn
cracked blacked pepper
crushed thyme infused in melted butter
a light sprinkling of sugar and salt
Another Great Option for Popping Popcorn
If you want to really make your home popcorn popping effortless and fun, you could try the Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper, this stovetop popper gets fabulous reviews because it makes popping popcorn so easy. It also makes light fluffy popcorn and every kernel gets popped.
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