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Popcorn is a excellent, nutritious snack and can be even better when you know how. This guide is making popcorn tips and tricks.


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Tip: Use a Splatter Screen For Popcorn

Splatter screen on top of popcorn bowl

Here is a tip to release the aroma of popcorn but protect it from anything entering. Simply use a splatter screen cover. Great for home, picnics, or parties!

    By KIM HOGGAN [16]

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    Recipe: Old-Fashioned Stove Top Popcorn

    This is the old-fashioned way of making popcorn. It is easy to make and tastes so much better than microwave popcorn. This is the way my family makes popcorn. Nearly every kernel pops and it does not take that long to make.

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    Tip: Getting More POP Out of Your Popcorn

    You don't have to buy gourmet popcorn. When making popcorn, I have found it is better not to heat the oil on a high heat at first. I know this may sound stupid, but the kernels get more more heat distribution if you start out slow.

    Think: You don't cook prime rib steak on blazing heat from the get go; you'll end up burning parts and other parts will be undercooked. After hearing the first few kernels pop, turn up the heat. Cook as normal.

    I think you will find less kernels than before. I have and I buy store brand. My friends wonder why there are so little kernels left. They think I have used gourmet popcorn like ORVILLE REDENBACHER. HA. HA. HA.

    It's like my grandma letting the city cousins think they were drinking delivered milk when all she was doing was putting the family cow's milk in a bottle she found!

    By the way, I don't ever use a popcorn machine.

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    Tip: Rid Your Bag of Popcorn Seeds

    After you're done popping your popcorn in the microwave, and before you open the bag, put it over the garbage can and shake the bag really hard. Make sure the opening of the bag is down. All your unpopped seeds will go into the garbage, no more seeds.

      By coville123 [326]

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      Tip: Fat Free Popcorn

      Get away from the microwave for popcorn. Cook the popcorn from the popcorn in a jar, using a Teflon pot and a cover. This way, you have nothing fattening in your popcorn. Then if you'd like to add something for a little flavor, that's all you have to worry about.

      Here's some ideas for topping:

      • Romano or Parmesan Cheese
      • Garlic or Onion Powder

      By LRP from LWL, MA

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      Here are questions related to Making Popcorn Tips and Tricks.

      Question: Stale Popcorn

      Is there a way to refresh stale popcorn?

      By Ray from Chicago, IL

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      By Olga H. 1 05/30/2013

      Don't throw away your stale it using your oven!

      1.Preheat the oven at 200 degrees F.
      2.Spread the popcorn evenly on a baking sheet.
      3.Put the baking sheet in the oven.
      4.Set the timer for 5 minutes.

      Check the popcorn to see if it is crisper and more palatable.
      Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until the popcorn is to your liking.

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      Question: Popcorn Tips

      Tips for popping and flavoring popcorn. Post your ideas.

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      By (Guest Post) 01/04/2009

      What's the best way to flavor popcorn?

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      Question: Coloring Popcorn

      How do you color popcorn? I have seen colored popcorn (unpopped kernels) in catalogs for sale, and it's rather pricey. Apparently when popped the popcorn is multicolor. I'd love to figure out how to do this.

      Rose from MO

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      By linda van houten 5 01/05/2010

      Just picked up a small cookbook 'Kool-aid[soft drink mix]Comes OF Age'. Page 37. Popcorn Balls 9 cups popped popcorn 1 cup light corn syrup 1/3cup Kool-aid sugar sweetened soft drink mix, any flavor Place popcorn in a lightly buttered bowl. Combine syrup and soft drink mix in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until mixture will seperate into hard threads when dropped into very cold water[or to a temperature of 270*] .Remove from heat and pour over popcorn, mixing quickly to coat well. Spape into 1-1/2 inch balls. Makes about 3 dozen. You wouldn't have to make this into balls, you could just place on a cookie sheet, cool and break into pieces. Colored and flavored too! Enjoy jimsjunque

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      Question: Popping Microwave Popcorn Without a Microwave

      I hope that someone can help me. I was given some Microwave popcorn. The only problem is I don't have a microwave to pop it in. Can I pop it on an electric stove and how do I go about doing this? Thank you for any help.

      Sandra from Pennsylvania

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      By Coreen Hart 78 376 03/04/2009

      I do it all the time. Sometimes microwave popcorn is so cheap I can't resist it, or it gets me a nice rebate. It's already seasoned, which is something I don't do myself, but it's nice for something different. Just pop it like regular popcorn, but don't add any oil. Makes your taste buds happy!

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      Question: Healthy Oil for Popcorn

      What kind of oil is 'healthy" for popping popcorn on the stove top?

      By t_mboer

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      By Linda Valentine - Spokane WA 4 43 06/28/2009

      The healthiest oil you can use is olive oil. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and, unlike butter, lard, and other fats, contains a large proportion of easily digested fats and no cholesterol. Olive oil is also a good source of vitamin E, which is thought to help protect humans against cancer and heart disease. It is now the third best selling oil in the US and getting more and more use because of its properties.

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      Question: Making Popcorn in a Halogen Oven

      How do you make popcorn in a halogen oven? I have a halogen oven (like the Nu Wave ovens) and want to try to make popcorn in it. The instructions in the book I have said to preheat the oven. How do you preheat one of these ovens? Then it said to put on high rack for 6 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes after the timer went off. I did everything the book said and I still had lots of kernels that didn't pop even after letting it rest. Does anyone have one of these ovens and can tell me how to make popcorn in it? Any information would be helpful. Thank you.

      By Linda from Brighton, MI

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      Archive: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      I just received two large tins of loose popcorn. How do you cook popcorn in the microwave oven? Do you add oil? How much popcorn to oil?

      Sandy from Vermont


      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      You'll need to purchase a popcorn popper especially for microwave use. They are cheap and can be bought most anywhere; Walmart, Target, or even Menards/Home Depot. You don't use oil when microwaving popcorn. Hope this helps. (02/16/2006)

      By Lori

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      It's healthier if you use a plain brown lunch bag, and the kernels, no oil. Pour enough kernels to cover the bottom of a brown lunch bag, then refold bag, and roll down the top a few times to close it, and heat on high for 1-2 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the microwave itself). (02/16/2006)


      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      Just put a handful of popcorn kernels in a brown, paper lunch bag. Fold it over 2 or 3 times, and microwave for several minutes, until you hear it almost stopped popping. Don't need to add a thing to it. (02/16/2006)

      By Judy

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      Don't use any oil, and just put enough popcorn to cover the bottom of a lunch style brown bag and set the timer for anywhere from a 2 minutes to 2 1/2. Sit back and enjoy! (02/16/2006)

      By teatimelady

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      Yes, you need a Orville Reddenbacker popper made for the microwave. It makes very good popcorn and you can add oil or not as you wish. Have had one for many years. Much better than regular microwave popcorn (02/16/2006)

      By Jan.

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      I have always done popcorn this way. I take about 2 handfuls (you will have to see what yours does,, how good it pops) and put in a brown lunch bag. Fold ends down and turn the microwave on. Can't really tell you how long. You can hear about when it stops popping, and also see when the bag is full! I eat mine just out of the bag, no butter, no nothing. Very good! (02/16/2006)

      By Shirley

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      Or you could cook it the old fashioned way on the stove in a pan with oil.

      Cover the bottom of a 2 quart pan with oil and heat. Add a kernel. When it pops, cover the bottom of the pan with corn. Shake vigorously until popping almost stops.

      YUM! Pop-corn

      By Diana

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      I always use a Microwave Rice cooker to pop my corn in. Its a good size plus it has a lid. So any Microwave cooker with a lid is fine. Or you can just use a paper bag. And there's no real need to use oil when popping corn. Takes about one and half to two minutes to cook. But you can hear when the corn has stopped popping. Happy Popping. (02/17/2006)

      By Kiwi Pom.

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      I do the lunch sack method. Quick and easy. Then I put the popped corn in a bowl, drizzle with a good olive oil and a smidgen of garlic salt. Delicious! (02/19/2006)

      By Beth

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      I worry about the fumes from the glue in the paper sack. My mother baked turkeys in a brown grocery bag and they came out nice and browned but I worried about the glue that keeps the bag intact. Anyone know the dangers? (03/19/2006)

      By June (Guest Post)

      RE: Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

      My method is to make a butter icing type mix, then rub the popcorn kernels through it, then microwave with a plate over the top, same principal applies with salt. (08/17/2008)

      By Alex