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PERFECT POPCORN IN 3 MINUTES: The Original Silver Whirley Pop Stovepop Popcorn Popper takes the guesswork out of creating delicious, perfectly cooked popcorn. This popcorn popper makes up to 6 quarts of flawless popcorn in just 3 minutes, plus it’s backed by a 25-year warranty.NO BURNT POPCORN: The patented stirring system in this stovetop popcorn popper prevents burning so you always have perfectly cooked popcorn. It works by moving every kernel until it pops – up to 42 times its original size!EASY CLEAN UP: Once you’re done popping your popcorn, you don’t have to worry about a big cleanup! This silver, sturdy aluminum popcorn popper comes with a stay-cool wooden handle and a nylon stirring system – just wipe with a paper towel and store for later use.DELICIOUS POPPING KIT INCLUDED: This Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper comes with a real theatre popping kit for delicious and quick movie theater popcorn from the comfort of your home. The movie theater popcorn kit includes fresh popping corn, our secret buttery salt and gourmet popping oil.MOVIE NIGHT AT HOME: You no longer have to head to the theater for authentic movie theater popcorn – enjoy it in just 3 minutes at home on your comfy couch!
That flavoured salt is flavacol.
I've seen it sold locally under a generic name in bulk food stores. You can also probably buy it at any party supply store that rents popcorn makers. And of course it's available wherever fine internet is present.
The consensus seems to be that flavacol, coconut oil, and a premium popcorn kernel (eg. Orville Redenbacher), cooked in a whirley pop or similar, will get you as close as possible to theatre popcorn at home.
Well, there are a lot of ways to do it, depending on your budget. It's pretty simple if you buy the right equipment, but "the right equipment" is expensive and improvising is fiddly.
I'd recommend looking this site over some, they have a lot of introductory guides and such. /r/roasting is also an awesome sub in general.
The biggest issue with home roasting is that the beans need to move continuously, for the entire roast, or else they get burned. There are some ways to do this with improvised equipment though:
-Using an air (popcorn) popper. Assuming you have the right model, it does get hot enough to roast coffee, and the beans are light enough to blow around in the interior chamber nonstop. It gets pretty messy though, and you don't have much control. You also can't do huge batches of coffee all at once.
You should have a dedicated popper just for coffee, since you don't want the different oils mixing. Also, some poppers aren't powerful enough, and many modern ones have safety features that'll automatically shut off before it gets hot enough. Some people have fun with disabling those features and/or modding their poppers to give them more control.
"The Poppery II" is a commonly-suggested model for air roasting like this. They don't make them anymore, but they were made like tanks and so you can often find them in thrift stores.
This is a good, cheap, intro way to do it, though the lack of control is annoying. The flavor develops in part based on how long it's kept at each temperature point, and an air popper gives you very few options for adjusting temperature.
-Using a stovetop popcorn roaster, like this. It has a handle that allows you to stir the coffee continuously, and it can work pretty well. The main drawback is monitoring/nailing the temperature, which is tricky. It's easier with a gas stove.
There are other methods as well, like using a heat gun, but I've never tried them and can't comment. I should also point out that everything I've just explained is a fire hazard, as is coffee roasting in general - the beans need to get quite hot, and they give off a thin, paperlike substance called chaff. I've never had a fire, but it's something you need to be aware of and plan for accordingly.
-If all of that sounds like too much of a hassle, you can just buy an actual coffee roaster. They make it way easier, and you can generally roast much larger batches at once. Sadly, they tend to be pretty expensive.
I'd recommend this one, which is actually on the very inexpensive end for a roaster. It's good quality though, and I've had one for over 1.5 years now without issue. Also note that the site I linked includes 8 pounds of free coffee when you buy from them, and (at least when I bought mine) they charge the same price for the unit as everyone else. So that's nice.
I really like roasting my own coffee. It can be a pain at times, but it means I always have fresh-roasted coffee available. Unless you buy from a local roaster, you've probably never had fresh coffee before. Whole bean coffee goes stale in like a week, and grocery store coffee is much older than a week. Pre-ground coffee goes stale in like minutes or hours.
They cover the stale taste up by burning the shit out of their beans, and so almost everything you see in a grocery store is only 1-2 stages removed from being charcoal. This page shows you what the beans look like at every stage, and you can see how "french roast" actually means "burnt to hell."
Man, long post! At any rate, roasting your own coffee can be quite nice. Green coffee beans run around $4-6/pound normally and you can sometimes find it for even cheaper. At least where I live, even burnt grocery store coffee is often much more expensive than that. So you're paying less for better quality -- as long as you don't mind improvising, or a big up-front investment.
Edited tl;dr: It's a good way to save money and get better coffee, though it can be either annoying or require a big upfront investment. This page has a lot of good introductory info on the whole process.
And for those that think that would be too hard, get a whirley popper. Crazy easy and almost as quick as mircowave popcorn (at least on my gas range).
If you want the best tasting popcorn, get yourself a Whirly Pop
Just pour in a little bit of oil, some popcorn, and a good amount of salt, and you will have the best tasting popcorn.
Hey, I love popcorn, it's awesome. Maybe you love it too? Got a stove? If you do, get yoself one of these - http://www.amazon.com/Wabash-Valley-Farms-25008-Whirley-Pop/dp/B00004SU35
If you put it on medium high (electric stove), put in the oil and add three kernels, wait for them to pop then dump the rest of the kernels in, you will have popcorn that pops nearly all of the kernels. The Orville Redenbacher kernels pop the best IMO (I was buying bulk from sprouts, but they weren't popping as well). Also, get this - http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Medal-Prod-Flavacol-Seasoning/dp/B004W8LT10. You now can make movie theater style popcorn in less than five minutes.
Try this!! http://www.amazon.com/Wabash-Valley-Farms-25008-Whirley-Pop/dp/B00004SU35
Buy a whirley pop, cheap and works great.
I posted this in your LPT thread, I think it is worth reading so here.
A few years back, and even some today, I set out to find out how to make popcorn like at the movie theaters. Alton's recipe does not sound terrible and uses items most people will have on hand. However to make it better (read: more like movie theater popcorn) You will need to buy a few items for this.
All total the items are under $40 (excluding popcorn) and all but the coconut oil will last a long time. Flavacol is a must have for this to work. I have not been able to find it locally near me. the 35oz carton will last you just about forever.
The coconut oil is a bit on the messy side just because of the container, you can get different amounts which will come in a different container. I have noticed some differences in taste of some coconut oils and the one linked is the brand I am currently using.(note: Coconut oil solidifies at about 76F)
If you are just toying with the idea of better popcorn, try Alton's method of popping. It cuts the total price in half and for a test run\proof of concept it should work. I have tested several poppers and settled with the whirley pop or similar design. Some outdoors shops sell these but charges about $10 more for them. Note: Yes it has a turn handle, but the gears are made of plastic, so do not hulk smash it.
As for popcorn, not all popcorn is created equal. The artisan fancy colored stuff generally does not pop well in my experience. I have experimented with many different kinds and have mostly settled with Orville Redenbacher. This can be purchased off the shelf at most grocery stores or from Amazon. You can try others to find one you like better.
As a note
I do not have a set amount for any 1 ingredient. I just eyeball it, maybe one of these days I will get this down to a science with numbers and such. When starting out follow Alton's recipe but substitute the above items in it.
In the last place I lived, my roommate had one of those stovetop popcorn things. It's amazing. Throw some popcorn kernels in, pour in just enough canola oil to lightly coat (I mean lightly). When it starts to pop, turn the handle. When the popping slows down and starts to stop, pour it into a bowl. I used melted butter and white cheddar seasoning. Probably not the most healthy way, but it's delicious.
I'm personally a fan of the Whirley Pop since it goes right on the stove, and you can control the heat more directly. I've never tried this one though, so it might work too. Only thing I would be concerned about would be if you wanted to make kettle corn. Not sure how well this would work with that. Maybe some other people can share their experience
Then get the right pot.
Whirley-Pop all the way! It has a thin aluminum bottom that distributes heat evenly but doesn't retain heat so that as soon as it's done popping, you can take it off heat and the popcorn on the bottom won't burn. The swirling arms also make sure that you get pretty much 100% poppage and that everything pops at the same time. It's amazing because normally in a pot or a wok, there's a gap of maybe a minute or so between when the first kernel pops and the last one does. With the whirley-pop, it all shoots off at once. Like, a five second interval start to finish. It also makes distributing melted butter very easy.
Pro-tip: clarify your butter. The water content is what will turn popcorn soggy.
I buy bay leaves, yeast, and an assortment of dried chilies in bulk and freeze. They are always in my freezer.
Microwave corn sucks and it has some really weird chemicals in it. Recommend that you switch to this and control what you eat....save some $$$ too...
you need to get a whirley-pop.
I make kettle corn all the time and this allows me to not need to take the pan off of the burner and it coats evenly every time.
Whirlypop is great for the stove https://www.amazon.com/Wabash-Valley-Farms-Stovetop-Popcorn/dp/B00004SU35. I just use vegetable oil with some flavacol. I should probably try a healthier oil though..
It's a stovetop popcorn cooker.
Thanks! I was having trouble sleeping and my thoughts were kind of jumbled.
I forgot to mention, if you don't have a traditional kettle popper, a whirlypop-style stovetop popper makes great popcorn. This is also the best choice if it's for only you or for a small group because the kettle style are a pain to clean.
There are lots of knockoff whirlypops but I've heard the the crank/gearing on some are very cheap and break after not too long. I think even whirlypop had QC issues for awhile. There are some good copycat brands, though.
Find the right heat/gas setting on your stove through trial and error and always stick to it for a consistent result. Also, you will get the best result with slow, even stirring as opposed to fast, occasional stirring. Anyway, once the test kernel pops it only takes a few minutes to pop a batch, so you're not handcuffed to the popper for very long.
If you're looking to re-create theatre-style popcorn, then a spice/salt you're looking for Flavacol! My go-to recipe is a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil, a half-cup of popcorn kernels, and a teaspoon of Flavacol, all put in a Whirley Pop over medium-high heat. Three minutes later, you've got a pot full of popcorn!
it looks like this
i like the whirley-pop it is quick and simple. no nonstick anything, and the popcorn tastes much better than air pop or microwave. and its cheap!
I can't say I have ever heard of someone popping popcorn in the oven.
Next time get some paper bags for the kernels in the microwave, use a pot and some oil on the stove, or pick yourself up a whirley pop, or something similar.
Tell me about yours. We eat a lot of popcorn. We use the whirley pop popper.
Get a stovetop popper for about $20 and find real popcorn salt.
I also have a $500 Sam's Club popper but this is easier, less cleaning, and faster. The downside to the $20 popper is that it isn't quite as good, maybe 8/10 instead of 10/10, and you have to turn it manually.
Edit-also day old popcorn is better and what you get a lot of the time in a theater.
get a whirley pop & it won't be.
Secrets to theatre style popcorn:
something i really want
If you're going to make popcorn, do it right.
Butter microwave popcorn smells like sweatsocks/gymlocker to me for some reason.
I can make real popcorn with a WhirlyPop just as fast as microwave.
a hand crank stovetop popcorn popper, olive oil and Jane's Krazy Mix Up Salt
TIL what a whirley pop is: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00004SU35
I just Whirley-pop it
As long as you heat it up gradually, turn the heat up once it starts browning, and then cool it very very quickly, you'll end up with a good end product.
Turn the crank at about 2-3 revs/second on medium - medium high heat, and you'll be done in roughly 18 minutes.
nevermind, found it.
2nd question: how much bean does he throw in?
Get a Whirley Pop. I love mine. Use it every night, or at least every other night.
You can buy a pretty cheap stove top popcorn maker. The kernels are super inexpensive at the store. It takes about two minutes from thinking "gee I'd like some popcorn" to having a full pot of it: you add a cup of kernels with a spoonful of coconut oil, heat it up and spin it around, then apply butter and salt as necessary when you're done.
I got this one for my birthday six months ago and honestly now when I go to the movies I have zero desire to buy their ridiculously expensive popcorn.
I know this is getting to you a few days late, I make cheese popcorn all the time. Really you need the cheddar powder and something for it to bind together (popcorn topping, butter, etc.)
My method, with links to things I use:
You don't have to use most of these things, but I've made popcorn that has gotten a ton of rave reviews with either that method, or minor changes to it. Get some of the cheddar powder and go from there. It can also be used to make mac and cheese, au gratin, or any dish that could use a little cheese flavor if you don't want to just use grated cheese. The powder also sticks on the popcorn crevices, making it amazingly tasty.
I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond, but they have them on Amazon, too. There's a few different brands, I think this is the one I used.
Here's your starter kit:
You only need a little bit of salt at a time, so that'll last you years. I like the Orville popcorn topping, but couldn't find it cheap on Amazon. Anyways, this is a good set so you don't have gallons of stuff in your house, but still get authentic movie theater taste.
Amish Country Popcorn
Try a Whirley Pop, use coconut oil and 1/2 tsp of Flavacol, you'll never go back.
We love our Whirley Pop:
buy some virgin coconut oil to pop in and heat real unsalted butter in a pyrex container in the microwave for topping.
I grew up on popcorn made in this. Absolutely loved every second of it.
Is it the Whirley-Pop? My parents have one, too, and they swear by it.
10 year theater veteran checking in...
You need both proper seasoning and a proper device to make it in.
To make the popcorn, you'll need a popcorn maker that agitates the kernels. Most have this as a manual function. That means that, yes, you have to actually turn that knob for like three minutes. However, you'll get a great batch. This is the most important piece. Every commercial movie theater popper operates that exact same way, albeit in an automated mechanical fashion.
The second thing you need is proper seasoning. You can get pretty good taste with standard salt, but for authentic flavor you'll need butter salt.
So, toss in a cup of kernels and about four tablespoons of canola oil. Then put in a spoonful of butter salt. Turn on high and agitate at a consistent speed. Once popping starts, keep agitating until there are around three to five seconds between pops. Remove from heat and place in a bowl. Enjoy.
use a 'Whirly Pop'
or Air popper
LPT: Buy a Whirly Pop, buy kernels, most importantly, cook in coconut oil, smuggle in gallon sized ziplock bag or two in purse or backpack. Season with theater style popcorn saltMany monies saved while maintaining popcorn quality.
Hahhaha, I used the goat cheese Parmesan with dinner last night. ;)
It is similar to this but it was a super cheap one and I found it in a store.
Don't use a microwave!
Get a WhirlyPop and do it on the stove
It's faster and better with no "mystery chemicals"
You don't need anything nearly that fancy. Just get one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Wabash-Valley-Farms-25008-Whirley-Pop/dp/B00004SU35
Trust me, it's worth it. Make sure you pick up some Flavacol and popcorn oil from GFS, and you will be hard pressed to tell a difference between that and movie theater stuff.
this is my best friend, i can make IMMENSELY healthy popcorn (sorry non-carbers :( ) and completely control the oil and salt in it, it's not calorie-free but it is an awesome easy (and CHEAP) munchy that won't totally break your diet.
munch on my friend (but only reasonable portions!)
I cannot say enough for this machine: Whirley Pop Once you get the hang of it you'll make popcorn that will make all other popcorn you've ever had taste like poo. I use unrefined coconut oil, salt and sometimes a tablespoon of sugar for a kettle corn taste.
Real talk? A whirlipop popcorn maker, it makes the best damn popcorn I've ever tasted! I make a bowl or two a week and its amazing how consistently good it is. If you like your popcorn a bit saltier there's this stuff on Amazon called Flavacol which is the seasoning they add in theatre popcorn, I put about a teaspoon in with the oil & corn usually.
This is of course not factoring in the price of oil and kernels, let me just say that coconut oil will make the popcorn taste x10 better than any other kind of cooking oil.
Stovetop roasting was probably the thing that got me into roasting my own coffee. I bought a whirleypop for $20 and got an aeropress to brew with. For about $120 I was making coffee that (I thought) was better than most local offerings and (for sure) better than grocery store brand coffee. Not to mention I was theoretically saving a lot of money because of how cheap greens were.
However, if you are willing to commit a bit more startup cash, I recommend the freshroast series of roasters as a much better method for controlling your roast profile.
As someone who is starting out, I'd say happy mug is the best supplier for greens. HM has nice coffees at good prices but Sweet Marias has a lot of unqiue vareitals and there's a number of really good coffees on there. The thing is that as a new roaster (and I am still in this category), you probably won't have the cupping skills or the roasting skills to appreciate all of the nuance that SM's beans offer, so HM is a better deal for $4.00/lb and 3-day flat rate shipping.
What are you brewing with?
Thanks too. I've read that some use popcorn poppers but didn't realise they were much of a thing here ... some searches on amazon found the one you recommend, at $150!!!! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wabash-Valley-Farms-25008-Whirley-Pop/dp/B00004SU35/ref=sr_1_79?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1420919362&amp;sr=1-79&amp;keywords=popcorn+maker
But there is a cheaper one by another maker - it's smaller but the same design and seems decent quality. There are also electric ones, starting at around $40 - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneo-CinemaTaste-Popcorn-Maker-Stainless/dp/B00LX5PX7G/ref=sr_1_69?s=kitchen&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1420919619&amp;sr=1-69&amp;keywords=popcorn+maker
/u/infinity526 is right, you shouldn't make popcorn on a glass top stove. But if you had a whirly pop you could do it!
I use on of these: Wabash Valley Farms Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004SU35/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_ydfIub0D5EE8Q
Turn handle and it rotates two arms along the bottom of the pan to keep corn from burning.
Also, tastes way better if you use coconut oil.
Easily done. Coconut oil, quality corn, and a decent popcorn maker is all it takes.
Fresh and hot beats sitting under a heat lamp for hours, in popcorn as in all things.
There is no shame in that. I have done it myself a few times. And microwave popcorn is sacrilege. Stove top is where it's at. A Whirly-Pop makes the best. Not having room for anymore pots and pans and having a glass range that I don't like to shake a regular pan on top of, I have discovered the Presto Pop. It technically makes microwave popcorn, but it's mostly the same as stovetop, and is waaaaay better (and cheaper) than bagged microwave.
If you love popcorn, get one of these:
Cooks popcorn amazing and you don't have to use much oil at all! I use coconut oil and sprinkle on some nutritional yeast after cooking, very good popcorn!
The stove top popper is king. Pops every single kernel in 3 minutes, perfectly fluffy.
I recommend IKEA. Most of their stuff is decent quality, and very good for the price. Don't try for the cheapest they have; go a bit up in price. As an example, their SLITBAR Chef's Knife ($50) is made in VG-10, one of the best steels there is. I believe this knife is better than the one I have, which cost me about $250.
Consider non-stick skillets to be semi-disposable. I've stopped buying expensive non-stick skillets; I've tried the absolute top end, and even when I really baby it, it stops working in a year or two. Non-stick pans I've not had the same problem with - I bought some nice TEFAL ones (not the "professional" ones, one step up from that, I unfortunately can't remember the names), and they've so far lasted for over five years.
For cast iron pans, I've not found a difference in quality - anything I've bought has lasted a long time.
For mixing bowls, I recommend getting a bunch of cheap metal ones. I got ten bowls at two euro each about five years ago; one of them has gotten discolored, apart from that they're working fine still. Having lots works wonders. In the US, these are easy to buy at Vietnamese stores.
For plastic stuff, it's hard. IKEA has it, but it's sometimes expensive. I've had some luck with cheap stuff, but you have to look at it really carefully. Quality don't really go with price, but the very cheapest stuff is usually crap. A simple rule of thumb is to go to a cheap place, then look at what the cheapest you can buy is, and then buy something that costs twice that (at the same place). This will usually get you good quality; buying something that costs 10x more somewhere else don't give you any guarantee.
Thermometers are all over the map; go for a digital one, and read reviews. And you DO want a thermometer - it makes all kinds of things easier.
The chef's way of filling a kitchen is buying relatively cheap stuff, and having lots of it. I've copied that - for everything I care about, I buy ten of it. Things usually stack, so they don't take that much space, and having ten of everything means I can work without having to try to wash things in the middle.
You don't want "any" single use tools; they take space, and are a waste. I've got only two single use tools: I've got a garlic press and a WhirleyPop. The former is because it is way faster; the latter is because it is the only way I've found to make Kettle Corn without burning it.
For appliances, garage sales can be great. I paid $20 for my high end KitchenAid (battered but perfectly functional); and I only paid $20 because I didn't have the conscience to take it for the $10 they suggested.
Minimize the stuff you get at first; it's so easy to get lots of stuff, but most of it you hardly ever use.
I'll see your airpopper and raise you one of these.
yes, I believe you can. haven't done it myself. I prefer the whirley-pop, which I believe -- as a popcorn enthusiast -- is the best way to make popcorn. also, buy good popcorn and keep it air-tight! the secret to fluffy popcorn is (a) medium-high heat and (b) NON-dry popcorn. the moisture in the popcorn is what causes the explosion. buy the freshest corn you can and keep it in a sealed jar. I also use a brown sugar thingie but I'm obsessed. links here:
This and this...
Agreed, popcorn is great.
Protip: Buy loose kernels in bulk, pop them with one of these bad boys. Now you can pop popcorn/kettle corn perfectly, every time, even when the electricity goes out!!
Not only is it just one pot, it's just one tablespoon of oil. What's the big deal? I wipe mine out with a paper towel in 10 seconds and it's fine.
I use the Whirly Pop, a tablespoon of canola oil, and melt REAL butter, add salt. Perfect.
There are 3 things you need to make popcorn at home that is just as good as movie theatre popcorn. First, a good popper. Second, pop it in coconut oil. Third, and this is the real secret, fake butter seasoning. So, so good.
If you want to make everyone envious get one of these babies! Fun for the whole family!
Get one of these, makes great popcorn - Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. The secret to movie theatre taste is using coconut oil to pop the corn in.
can you be more specific? do you mean like an air popper, or a machine like this one? I've seen these and they don't work very well - a lot of the kernels end up unpopped, it's wasteful, inefficient, cumbersome to fill, and hard to clean. I don't recommend it
I prefer to use my Whirly Pop - very high quality and easy to use. avoid the stainless steel ones as they heat up too slowly, aluminum conducts heat faster so it takes less time to pop.