And it doesn’t really matter how you pop it, but serve it up often – it’s an affordable treat that’s perfect for family games or movie nights.
There are Several Ways to Pop Corn:
- Mess-free prepackaged popcorn in the microwave
- Regular popcorn in a microwave popper
- Regular popcorn in a pot on the stove (see method below)
- Using a vintage-style popping pot (with stirrer) on the stove or over an open fire
- Using a hot-air popper and regular popping corn
- Go theater style with a kettle popping machine
To kick it up a notch, add a little spice along with the salt or serve it up pure and natural. Butter can also be substituted for a healthier alternative. You can also make popcorn balls – check out this cool recipe at AllRecipes.com.
How to Make Stovetop Popcorn:
This used to be the standard decades ago and those who do not have a microwave or popper still use this method of making popcorn.
You’ll need a good size pot with a tight-fitting lid, a little oil (1 tablespoon) in the bottom and add about 1/4 cup of regular popcorn (not microwave popcorn). Use medium heat for popping corn.
The key to making stovetop popcorn is not allowing it to scorch, so you have to keep the corn (and pot) moving. Unfortunately, with a smooth-top cooktop, this is not advisable as it could scratch the finish. For this type of cooktop, you’ll need to lift the pot slightly and give it a shake – often. On a coil-type stove, gently slide the pot back and forth on the element, while cooking.
Within a couple of minutes, you should hear some corn start to pop and it will increase in intensity. Resist the urge to remove the lid and continue to move the pot back and forth until the popping decreases to only a few pops. This will signal that popping is almost done. Turn the heat off and remove the pot; you can lift the lid after the popping ceases.
You’ll have to adjust the quantity of corn used for your needs; 1/4 cup should give you a medium serving bowl full. There’s usually a few kernels of corn that do not pop for whatever reason – discard these. Add salt and melted butter and toss into a bowl. It’s ready to serve.
You may have to try out a few brands of regular popping corn before you settle on a favorite flavor; not all brands taste the same or pop well. Stock up on popcorn and make it a regular treat in your home.