Sunday, October 26, 2008

Popcorn - No Microwave Needed!

I had to share a video segment with you from on how to pop popcorn on the stovetop. [No, I didn't know how to do that before. Did you?] Here are instructions on popping popcorn on the stovetop from

How to Pop Popcorn

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4-quart Pan With Lid
  • melted butter
  • popcorn kernels
  • salt
  • vegetable oil
Coat the bottom of a 4-quart pan with a few tbsps. vegetable oil.

Add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.

Cover pan.

Turn stovetop burner to medium or medium-high heat.

Let kernels cook, shaking occasionally to prevent burning.

When the popping slows to 3 to 5 seconds between pops, remove pan from burner.

Allow to cool a minute or two.

Pour popcorn into a bowl and add salt or melted butter to taste.

[Someone noted in the comments on this article that vegetable oil catches fire easily. That person recommended coconut oil - what was used it the video - or canola or peanut oil.]

I haven't tried this yet, but it doesn't look too difficult. We bought a bunch of popcorn kernels at Costco a while back thinking they'd be good to have in food storage, but we had no idea how we'd prepare the popcorn (yeah, genius, isn't it?). Anyway, I'm gonna dig that bag out and give it a try!

1 comment:

  1. A comment from my friend Kerstin:

    Hi Kim - I use the stove to make popcorn all the time. I love it. Vegetable oil will work fine, don't set the heat higher than medium. Shake the pot, but be sure to hold the lid down with pot holders, as the oils can and will splatter some. This stove top method is great, because you can season your popcorn to taste, make kettle corn with a little but of sugar and salt, or make spicy popcorn with tabasco and lemon (my favorite), or add caramel, or garlic salt etc. The opportunites are endless, and one batch can then be further customized to individual bowls, so the whole family can have their very own favorite popcorn. The added bonus, no artificial ingredients in the bagged microwave popcorn stuff, and it costs way, way less!