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  1. #1
    Steve Freides Guest

    Default Corn for Popping

    We've been roasting coffee at home in an air popcorn popper - we just
    ordered a different model and, after deciding which one we like best for
    coffee roasting, we're going to dedicate the other one back to its
    original purpose, popping corn.

    Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?

    Thanks.

    -S-



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    George M. Middius Guest

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    Steve Freides wrote:

    > Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    > kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    > additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?


    The premium brands have a higher success rate (fewer unpoppsed
    kernels).



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    Polly Esther Guest

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    "George M. Middius" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Steve Freides wrote:
    >
    >> Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    >> kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    >> additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?

    >
    > The premium brands have a higher success rate (fewer unpoppsed
    > kernels).
    >
    >

    There's lots to know about popping corn. If your grocery store is inclined
    to let their stock sit until it's sold or petrifies, you might want to try
    www.justpoppin.com . I also bought their bowl for dud catching and it's a
    keeper too. Polly


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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    Steve Freides <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Are there "gourmet" popping corns?


    http://www.blackjewell.com/




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    Jim Elbrecht Guest

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    "Steve Freides" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >We've been roasting coffee at home in an air popcorn popper - we just
    >ordered a different model and, after deciding which one we like best for
    >coffee roasting, we're going to dedicate the other one back to its
    >original purpose, popping corn.
    >
    >Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    >kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    >additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?
    >


    My local grocers get $1.50-$4.00 a pound for pop corn. Samsclub gets
    $0.34/pound- so I've got 50 pounds of Act II. [well, 35-40, now]

    I use a pan, not an air popper, but it is bagged for those commercial
    poppers that look more like air poppers to me. I imagine most of
    the big box stores have similar deals.

    The Act II I have is huge popped, and while not completely hull-less,
    it doesn't have a lot of them. I get less than 3 old maids per
    batch. I wouldn't expect any at all in the air popper.

    Jim

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    Steve Freides Guest

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    Polly Esther wrote:
    > "George M. Middius" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> Steve Freides wrote:
    >>
    >>> Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery
    >>> store kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are
    >>> most free of additives or do we have to look for "organic" or
    >>> similar?

    >>
    >> The premium brands have a higher success rate (fewer unpoppsed
    >> kernels).
    >>
    >>

    > There's lots to know about popping corn. If your grocery store is
    > inclined to let their stock sit until it's sold or petrifies, you
    > might want to try www.justpoppin.com . I also bought their bowl for
    > dud catching and it's a keeper too. Polly


    Thank you - I just ordered a few kinds to try from them, 2 lb. each
    Mushroom, Theater, and Kettle.

    -S-



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    George Guest

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    On 7/27/2012 1:14 PM, Steve Freides wrote:
    > We've been roasting coffee at home in an air popcorn popper - we just
    > ordered a different model and, after deciding which one we like best for
    > coffee roasting, we're going to dedicate the other one back to its
    > original purpose, popping corn.
    >
    > Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    > kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    > additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > -S-
    >
    >

    I do have a thought on the air popper. We used to have one of them and
    you would get that wonderful aroma as the hot air liberated the little
    bit of oil in the corn leaving it tasting like straw. Our popper burned
    out and when looking for a replacement I found a microwave version like
    this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-60.../dp/B00004W4UP

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/7hf6pzg



    The popcorn is tastier and the plastic bowl has held up well.



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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Steve Freides" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:juui9l$qj6$[email protected]..
    > We've been roasting coffee at home in an air popcorn popper - we just
    > ordered a different model and, after deciding which one we like best for
    > coffee roasting, we're going to dedicate the other one back to its
    > original purpose, popping corn.
    >
    > Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    > kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    > additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?
    >
    > Thanks.


    I buy it from my health food store. If I can't get it there, I mail order
    it from a place that sells popcorn. I find that grocery store popcorn is
    usually pretty old and doesn't pop well.



  9. #9
    Ross@home Guest

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    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:14:31 -0400, "Steve Freides" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >We've been roasting coffee at home in an air popcorn popper - we just
    >ordered a different model and, after deciding which one we like best for
    >coffee roasting, we're going to dedicate the other one back to its
    >original purpose, popping corn.
    >
    >Is there anything to know about buying corn for popping? Grocery store
    >kind good enough? Are there "gourmet" popping corns? Are most free of
    >additives or do we have to look for "organic" or similar?
    >


    Our local bulk food store has bins of both popping corn and "premium"
    popping corn. We've found the premium gives far fewer un-popped
    kernals. Then again, they may just move the premium kernals over to
    the regular bin after so much time has elapsed ;-).

    Ross.
    Southern Ontario, Canada

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    Michael Lalonde Guest

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    x-no-archive: yes

    Air popped corn is much tastier than the microwave nuked bag corn.
    It's as close to the Famous Players flavour as you can get without
    stealing it from the theatre

    We usually buy it in bulk from Bulk Barn.

    Mike Lalonde
    Sudbury, Ontario - jumlers.com food catering

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    Cheryl Guest

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    On 8/5/2012 7:15 AM, Michael Lalonde wrote:
    > x-no-archive: yes
    >
    > Air popped corn is much tastier than the microwave nuked bag corn.
    > It's as close to the Famous Players flavour as you can get without
    > stealing it from the theatre
    >
    > We usually buy it in bulk from Bulk Barn.
    >
    > Mike Lalonde
    > Sudbury, Ontario - jumlers.com food catering
    >


    Hi Mike. I like your website theme - very clean and professional but I
    was looking forward to seeing your gallery page but it was 404. Is your
    site new? I wish you well in your business! Mansy many years before
    the Internet was so mainstream, my mom ran a catering business all on
    word of mouth. It was fun! I was a teen at the time and helped with
    cooking and serving.



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    Nunya Bidnits Guest

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    Cheryl <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On 8/5/2012 7:15 AM, Michael Lalonde wrote:
    >> x-no-archive: yes
    >>
    >> Air popped corn is much tastier than the microwave nuked bag corn.
    >> It's as close to the Famous Players flavour as you can get without
    >> stealing it from the theatre
    >>
    >> We usually buy it in bulk from Bulk Barn.
    >>
    >> Mike Lalonde
    >> Sudbury, Ontario - jumlers.com food catering
    >>

    >
    > Hi Mike. I like your website theme - very clean and professional but I
    > was looking forward to seeing your gallery page but it was 404. Is
    > your site new? I wish you well in your business! Mansy many years
    > before the Internet was so mainstream, my mom ran a catering business
    > all on word of mouth. It was fun! I was a teen at the time and
    > helped with cooking and serving.


    Did she have a separate approved commercial kitchen, or perhaps did not have
    to have that based on local cottage industry/mom-pop business rules?

    MartyB



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    Cheryl Guest

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    On 8/6/2012 3:43 PM, Nunya Bidnits wrote:
    > Cheryl <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On 8/5/2012 7:15 AM, Michael Lalonde wrote:
    >>> x-no-archive: yes
    >>>
    >>> Air popped corn is much tastier than the microwave nuked bag corn.
    >>> It's as close to the Famous Players flavour as you can get without
    >>> stealing it from the theatre
    >>>
    >>> We usually buy it in bulk from Bulk Barn.
    >>>
    >>> Mike Lalonde
    >>> Sudbury, Ontario - jumlers.com food catering
    >>>

    >>
    >> Hi Mike. I like your website theme - very clean and professional but I
    >> was looking forward to seeing your gallery page but it was 404. Is
    >> your site new? I wish you well in your business! Mansy many years
    >> before the Internet was so mainstream, my mom ran a catering business
    >> all on word of mouth. It was fun! I was a teen at the time and
    >> helped with cooking and serving.

    >
    > Did she have a separate approved commercial kitchen, or perhaps did not have
    > to have that based on local cottage industry/mom-pop business rules?
    >


    I can't even remember any of that.


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