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Nov 7, 2011 01:26 PM

What's the best plain oil for popping corn?

I'm fairly broke all the time, and I make popcorn frequently, as it's very cheap, and is good for a snack while watching my detectives... ;)

I use pure olive oil, but I'm wondering if a more flavored oil might work as well? Also, I don't use much butter to dress the corn, just a little more of the olive oil flavored with a little pepper and or salt, sometimes with added southwest spice blends. Penzey's Arizona Dreaming, enough said!

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  1. Olive oil has a very low burning point and is rather expensive, relatively speaking. You might do better with peanut oil, very high burning point, or canola, both of which are fairly neutral in flavor. Then use your olive oil for your flavoring. Might vary that with a little Bragg's liquid amino acids, very tasty, and/or nutritional yeast, which are tasty on popcorn.

    1. Coconut oil - If you go to the dreaded WalMart, there is LouAna brand for about $6 - in a 32 oz jar.

      1. Coconut oil is a good choice - and it's the new "healthy" darling. It's fairly expensive, but has a pretty high smoke point and does a great job. I would with just a bit of butter and some sea salt for the best popcorn. Then, I am a purist and don't like things "flavored up"!

        1. I just use good old fashioned canola oil, though anything with a high smoke point will do.

          1. +1 for coconut oil.

            peanut oil is great too, though with the recent astronomical increase in the price of all things peanutty, i suspect it's no longer a very economical choice.