Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Truly Great Popcorn

How to make truly great popcorn.

I will never buy that microwave crap again, even when I go back to the States.  Here's the secret to truly great (and cheap!) popcorn:

Step 1: Warm the panFree Image Hosting at
 Put a small pot on the stove and turn the heat on medium.  Pour enough sunflower oil to cover the entire bottom.  Place a single corn kernal in the middle of the pot.  When it pops, you know you're ready to put the rest in.
Step 2: Warm kernels and wait Free Image Hosting at
 Wait to hear the pop from the kernel in the pan.  Put the rest of the kernels in a small cup on top of the pot to warm them up.  It makes the popping go much faster!
Step 3: Add kernels Free Image Hosting at
 Once the pop happens, pour there remaining kernels into the pot.  Shake the pot to get an even spread of kernels across the bottom.  You should not have too many kernels, only enough to cover 50 to 60 percent of the bottom.
Step 4: Pop! Free Image Hosting at
 Now the popping begins!  Make sure to shake the pot ever once in a while to get the kernels to the bottom.  Give it plenty of time to pop, this isn't like the microwave, you can actually pop every single kernel without burning the already popped corn!
Step 5: EnjoyAdd salt (butter if you must) and enjoy.  Nice fluffy popcorn that's not too greasy and has just the right amount of salt.  Honestly, why would you want to do it any other way?
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