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Help with popcorn

gtrekker2003 Mar 3, 2007 10:38 AM


I tried to make popcorn on the stove today but only 1/4 of the kernels popped. It is supposed to be good quality popcorn.

Here is what I did. I put a few tbspns of canola oil in pot. Heated it on medium/high for half a minute or so. Put kernels in oil to cover 3/4 of the bottom, and then covered with lid. Only 1/4 of the kernels popped. Any ideas why? Was the oil not hot enough? I waited for a few minutes . The few cooked kernels I had were delicious!

  1. 2m8ohed Mar 3, 2007 10:43 AM

    Try putting oil in the pan and adding about 3 or 4 kernels. When they pop, then the oil is ready for you to add the rest of the popcorn. Also, make sure to leave the lid ajar or steam will build up in your pan and the popcorn will be chewy and undersized.

    1. hotoynoodle Mar 3, 2007 10:44 AM

      put in the oil and 3 kernels. make sure to use enough oil. cover. when those kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn. shake the pan a few times. when popping stops, it's finished. works for me every time. or you could have bought very old popcorn.

      1. g
        gtrekker2003 Mar 3, 2007 11:29 AM

        Thanks, I made another batch with the 3-4 kernel first tip, and it worked this time. Yum yum yum. Never thought popcorn at home would be this good.


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          cafesimile Mar 3, 2007 11:37 AM

          I don't know if you make clarified butter or not, but if you do, try using the milk solids portion of the butter to put on your fresh hot corn. It gives it a cheesey, butter taste. Incredible. Fresh grated parmesan has momma slapping potential as well. I love stove popped corn.

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