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Old-Fashioned Popcorn

Submitted by: suzanne-mcminn on January 6, 2011
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Old-Fashioned Popcorn

Forget the microwave or fancy air-poppers. Make popcorn the old-fashioned way on top of the stove!

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: varies

Prep Time: 1 minute   Cook Time: 3-4 minutes  


1/4 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup popcorn kernels
salt to taste
butter to taste


Put 1/4 cup vegetable oil in the bottom of a large pot. Place three popcorn kernels in the pot. (For this size recipe, I use a 5-quart pot. For a smaller recipe, cut the measurements in half.)

Turn the heat to medium-high. Watch for the kernels to pop. Add 2/3 cup popcorn and the salt, put on the lid, and remove the pot from the heat for 30 seconds. This allows the rest of the popcorn to warm up before returning to heat, which will mean fewer unpopped kernels in the end. Note: Adding the salt before popping helps evenly distribute the salt throughout the popcorn. I use two teaspoons of salt. If I’m going to be adding sugar, I add it later, after the popcorn is popped, unless I’m making Kettle Korn and want to “burn” the sugar, in which case you’d add it before popping.

Put the pot back on medium-high. Using oven mitts to hold the pot, begin shaking the entire pot over the burner. Try to hold the lid on the pot as you shake so that the cover is just slightly cracked–this helps vent steam and make your popcorn crisp.

Continue shaking the pot until you don’t hear kernels popping anymore. Remove from heat.

Categories: Appetizers & Snacks, Budget, Kid-Friendly, Old-Fashioned, Tips & Tricks

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    This is the most portable way to popcorn. Any heavy bottom pan with a lid and some fat. We use the method at home and on the boat. I always use bacon fat if I have it. I like the taste. Season it with whatever pleases. Some manner of salt and any spice or herb or cheese that attracts your fancy.
    Susan, When I tell this to the under forty population they think it is a new way to popcorn and are surprised that you don’t need a microwave.

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