Yeah, I know you feel bad for Better Half...
When we go to the movies, popcorn is just as important as the movie.
We seriously love the stuff.
I remember when I was a kid, we would make popcorn on the stove in a huge cast iron pot. Mama would drizzle warm butter over it and sprinkle on a little salt. Better Half remembers, in the afternoon, he'd walk over to his Granny's house, pop some popcorn with her and have a little visit. Pretty good memories...
Over the years I’ve invested in many a popcorn-related gadget. Remember these?
Oh yeah! The Stir Crazy! I loved this thing and used it for years. First you put in a little oil and add popcorn. You then cover the base with that distinctive (and decorative!) yellow dome and plug it in. No fancy on/off switches here! The base heats up like an electric skillet and two searingly hot motorized metal rods stir the kernels for even and complete popping.
And then, there were the air-poppers...I was never really a fan of these. Their appeal was that they made popcorn with no oil—as the packaging says—“a delicious and lowfat snack!” What the packaging fails to mention is that the air popper also tends to shoot 300-degree bits of popcorn and occasionally red-hot popcorn kernels into the air. I had children. It was dangerous. I sold this gadget in a garage sale. Now that’s someone else’s problem.
The other night Better Half wanted popcorn and we were all out of the microwave variety. Somehow he found a jar of popcorn leftover from a gift package someone gave us. However, a search through my entire kitchen revealed that somewhere between 1985 and last week, our trusty Stir-Crazy had gone MIA.
Undeterred, we got a pot and put it on the stove to make popcorn the old-fashioned way!
We decided to wing it.
Some of our measurements might have been a little off…
In case it’s been a while since you made popcorn on the stove, here’s a recipe:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
1. Pour oil and corn into a four-quart pan
2. Cover pan, leaving lid slightly ajar and place over medium heat
3. When popping slows, remove from heat
4. Drizzle with melted butter and salt to taste
Do you have any great popcorn ideas or stories? Leave a comment below and share with me.