The Fine Art of Making Popcorn

Making popcorn is something people are doing all around the world. There are a variety of different ways to prepare popcorn for enjoyment, and no wrong way to go about it. Here are just a few of the methods people use to get their popcorn fix.

Air popping

Popcorn that is air popped is much healthier for you than the kind that is saturated with butter or other oils. Air popped popcorn is completely plain after it is popped, and often becomes a sparkling white color. If you want to make air popped popcorn, you will need a machine in order to do so. Simply dump your raw popcorn into the machine, and hold a bowl under the shoot as air popped corn is blown out the other end. There are many popcorn machines available that are suitable for family homes. You can also try to make it without a machine by putting a few kernels into a paper bag and microwaving it. You’ll need to stay nearby and pull it out when you hear it reducing from several pops a second to one pop every couple of seconds. A paper bag left unattended in the microwave can catch fire, so never leave the vicinity while trying this method.

Microwavable popcorn

This all in one package typically includes a specially made bag with the oil and popcorn already prepared in set amounts. Simply set the popcorn setting on your microwave and wait for delicious popcorn. If you have problems with burning or under popped popcorn, you can ensure delicious popcorn every time using the same method for microwaving air popped popcorn. Listen! When the pops reduce to 1 pop every couple of seconds, it’s ready. No more under popped or over popped corn!

Machine made popcorn

If you are serious about your popcorn than you will love the movie theater quality of machine made popcorn. This is the sort of popcorn you get at the theater, fairs, and other festivals. Machine made popcorn is the best way to make large scale amounts of popcorn, and their automated settings allow for you to never suffer burnt popcorn ever again. You don’t need a huge popcorn maker in order to enjoy machine made popcorn at home—there are small ones available for any household.

Stove top popcorn

You can save money and enjoy healthier snacks by cooking popcorn on the stove. Use coconut oil or other oils with a high smoking point, and just cover the bottom of the pan with the oil. Let it heat up, and then toss a few kernels into the oil. Cover the pan and give it an occasional shake. When those kernels pop, you’ll know the oil is hot enough for the rest of your popcorn kernels. Add the rest, cover so they aren’t popping all over your kitchen, and shake until the popping reduces to 1-2 per second. You’ve made great popcorn with a healthier oil than butter by cooking it on the stove top!

There are a huge variety of ways to make popcorn. Find new ways to mix it up by changing toppings and cooking methods. You’ll always find something new for your favorite snack!

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