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Making Popcorn the Old Fashioned Way

I have a bag of popcorn in my cupboard. I tried to pop it the other day, but my husband doesn't think I did it right. I bought it at the bulk store, so I have no directions. Can anyone let me know the old fashion way to popcorn? Thank you. :)

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By Sheila from Ontario

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

I really enjoy popcorn, but so much of the popcorn today seems more like styrofoam balls, than tender popcorn. The corn itself is different. That may be why the corn you popped did not seem to taste as good as the popcorn of the past.

You can purchase hulless, non-GMO varieties from a company called AmishMart. I have used hot-air poppers, and every pot or popper imaginable over the years. If you use a pot, do not leave it! Shake it constantly. Practice will bring you more success, but I have burned my fair share! That being said, AmishMart suggests popping the corn in this manner:

How To Pop Popcorn - Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons Oil*
1/2 Cup Popcorn (Any Color)
1 Popcorn Popper or Large Sauce Pan
1 Large Serving Bowl

Directions:

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Preheat oil on high heat in the bottom of popcorn popper for approximately 1 minute. Add popcorn to popper and cover. Lower heat slightly. Agitate popper until the popcorn ceases to pop. Pour popcorn into serving bowl. Salt to tast
* Any oil may be used. Canola Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc.
www.amishmart.com

I enjoy melted butter in addition to the salt. I am not affiliated in any way with AmishMart, it is just a place for me to purchase hard to find popcorn varieties. Good luck and enjoy your yummy popcorn!

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

Try using a cast iron pot because I have tried the other types of pots and it didn't pop all the kernels. Then put enough oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Pour enough popcorn kernels about 3/4 amount to fill the bottom of the pot and no more than that. Make sure not to put more than that amount.

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It shouldn't take no more than 5 minutes to pop a whole pot of popcorn. Pour out and apply salt or melted butter to taste.

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July 16, 20130 found this helpful

When I was growing up, we popped corn in an old pressure cooker. The seal was worn out on it but it popped great corn. I don't think we measured anything but the amounts given by other posters seem right.

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