Stove Top Popcorn is almost a lost art these days. With everyone using air poppers, or microwave bags the idea of actually putting it all out there and risking the scorch of stove top popcorn has become a throwback to a simpler time.
The combination of a little vegetable oil, and a little bit of real popping corn tossed in bowl and mixed with a dash of salt really can’t be beat. It is simple, frugal, yet delicious. When your silly side needs to come out, go ahead and toss a handful at your sig other– he probably deserves it 🙂
While many will complain about the burnt popcorn stuck to the bottom of their pan, with a little bit of patience and a few of my secret tricks you too can enjoy the deliciousness that is popcorn on the stove.
There are tons of links on the web to instructions and recipes for popcorn. Here are my tips for creating the perfect bowl stove top of popcorn– without setting any fires.
1) Get good popcorn, this does not have to be expensive, it can even be store brand. Good popcorn is simply popcorn that was actually on a corn stalk in the last decade or so, and since then has been stored in a cool dry place.
2) On medium heat, in a medium size sauce pan, heat about 2 tblsp of vegetable oil. Drop in 2 kernels of popcorn. The key here is medium for both the pan and the heat.
3) When the popcorn kernels pop, quickly drop in about ⅓ cup of popcorn, throw on the lid, and start shaking. Shake! Shake! Shake! The key to great popcorn is to continuously shake the pot until you don’t hear any more popping sounds.
4) When the popping sounds have died down, go ahead and dump your popcorn into your popcorn bowl. Douse with a generous helping of salt. You can also experiment with some other types of seasoning, like seasoned salt, garlic salt, or even throw on some melted butter (if you are into that kind of thing)
Stove top popcorn is a great simple way to enjoy the frugal life the next time you curl up at home with a good movie and a bowl of popcorn.