Wednesday, February 25, 2009
... In the evening, ain't we got fun?
Yes, I have a popcorn jones. The popcorn maker is a Whirley Pop hand-cranked stove-top popper. It makes fabulous popcorn, and reminds me of my Dad at the same time. He used an old dented pot with a lid and side handles, and just shook the pan from side to side, but he had a gas stove, too. This adaptation works well for me, but for those who really want to go at it old skool, see below. My feast above is the resulting popped corn from using 1/3 cup of kernels.
Dad's Popping Method:
1. put 1 Tablespoon oil (sunflower is great) into good-sized light-weight pan, along with three kernels of popcorn. Cover pan, shake, wait and listen.
2. Once all three kernels pop, put in the rest of the corn kernels (1/2 cup), and shake till the popping slows to two seconds between pops, then remove from heat, salt, and eat. (Butter is optional, must be melted and poured over corn immediately and whole pan shaken to coat all kernels and not just cook a few kernels into weird styrofoam-like shapes.)
The popcorn is from Fireworks Popcorn, and I buy it by the 15-pound pail, and my favorite variety is High Mountain Midnight. It is a large, fluffy, flavorful popcorn. MMMMMM.
Popcorn Lovers also features a microwave popper which works well, although not all of the kernels pop in our microwave. The advantage of using your own is that you do not have all that congealed grease in the package, and you choose the amount of salt you put on it.