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.
When storing kernals, keep them in an air-tight container. Exposure to humidity significantly reduces the percentage of kernals that pop.
Now that we have "add moisture" and "prevent exposure to humidity," which is correct?
I've never been able to pop popcorn as good as the microwave kind. Every time I've tried it comes out tough.
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.
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.
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!
This is a guide about making colored popcorn. Making popcorn in an array of fun colors can be done at home.
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
I too remember when colored popcorn came in bags. The colors looks so neat we were sure we would be eating green, red and blue kernels but not so. The first lady was right. It all popped up just like regular popcorn. The color must have been a gimmick to push sales.
I remember my mom buying the colored popcorn kernels and when you popped it just the hulls were colored ~ pretty but not really what we were expecting.
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.
Tips for popping and flavoring popcorn. Post your ideas.
I sprinkle the powdered cheese from a box of macaroni and cheese on our popcorn. It's so good. I just use the macaroni for something else like macaroni salad.
Does anyone know the best way to store unpopped popcorn kernels? We never seem to be able to get more than halfway through a bag without them going "flat" and not popping as well.
Thanks for any suggestions :)
I only pop popcorn on the stove. I use no name popcorn. I use a dutch oven pot (one of the big ones with a lid), pour enough oil onto the bottom of the pot to evenly coat it, pour in kernels to coat the bottom, then slide them around to coat in oil. Cover, turn onto high, and rest the covered pot on the element until it starts rapidly popping. Then I turn it down between med-high, hold it over the element (about 3 inches) and shake every ten seconds or so. A giant pot of movie popcorn in about 3 minutes and no annoying shaking sound on the element. Toss with salt. No need to add butter since the kernels are already coated in savory oil. MMMMMMMMMMM.
Is there a way to refresh stale popcorn?
By Ray from Chicago, IL
I would put it in the micro at a low power setting for about 2 min. Worth a try.
I was also going to say placing in the microwave but I would experiment with the amount of time so you don't burn the popcorn. In my microwave it would definitely be burned if I did it for two minutes. I refresh crackers and chips this way so it might work for popcorn too. :-)
Don't throw away your stale popcorn....save 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.
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
Sure you can, scrape the popcorn "stuff" out of the bag into a good sized pan with a lid. Heat it up on the stove top gently shaking it back and forth every once in a while. Once it starts popping continue to shake it back and forth over the heat while it pops so it does not burn. Remember "Jiffy Pop" stove top popcorn with the handle? Like that basically. Just takes a little more work than pushing a button :)
I would sure give it a try. It was free, so its no loss to you. It's probably better for you done on the stove, anyway. Good luck!
I've done it when I was camping and had only a stove in the trailer, no microwave. It turned out fine. I did it just like minnabird suggested.
What kind of oil is 'healthy" for popping popcorn on the stove top?
I just received two large tins of loose popcorn. How do you cook popcorn in the microwave oven?