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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Just plain popping corn

    On Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:31:59 -0600, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Any idiot can pop corn, right? Wrong. Not this idiot. With only time
    > and corn to lose, I decided to try one more combination before I bought
    > either microwave popping corn or an air popper. I coated the insides of a
    > ScanPan skillet with just a little oil, put in a covering of pop corn, put
    > the glass lid on, set the burner on Medium and watched. The corn popped
    > beautifully without any burning or shaking.


    Turning the heat way down works for me too. It's just hot enough to
    make the kernels burst. I just discovered Trader Joe's lightly salted
    olive oil potato chips and have been spreading the good news. What I
    got in return was "try popping corn in olive oil", I will try that the
    next time I pop corn. EVOO is my main cooking oil now and I've
    really liked the cakes I've made with olive oil, so I might as well.

    > YMMV and then some. Your mileage may vary, indeed. But that's what
    > worked for me. The caramel corn is good stuff. Next time will be easier.


    All you need to do is build up your corn popping confidence. Did you
    add nuts to the caramel corn? I always think about doing it but I
    never have any mixed nuts in the house when I'm thinking about it.
    --

    Ham and eggs.
    A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

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    Polly Esther Guest

    Default Re: Just plain popping corn


    "sf" <> wrote > All you need to do is build up your corn popping confidence.
    Did you
    > add nuts to the caramel corn? I always think about doing it but I
    > never have any mixed nuts in the house when I'm thinking about it.
    > --
    >

    I did. I stirred in a couple of cups of store-brand dry roasted salted
    peanuts. Slightly biased taste-tester neighbor says they're good. The
    peanuts tend to slip to the bottom of the roaster when baking the caramel
    corn but some gentle and determined stirring takes care of that. Polly


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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Just plain popping corn


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "jmcquown" <
    >> Why do you need a popcorn popper? Just a plain bag of Jolly Time popping
    >> corn along with a pan with a lid and two or three tablespoons of oil are
    >> all that are needed. Shaken over a hot burner. Put a few kernels in the
    >> pan. When the kernels pop, add 1/3 cup of popping corn. Cover and shake
    >> over the hot burner until the popping stops. Add some butter and toss it
    >> around, then sprinkle with salt. It's pretty simple.
    >>
    >> Jill

    > Today was the Grand caramel corn production day and my first shot at
    > popping corn on the new glass/ceramic range top. High heat and the cast
    > iron skillet burned the corn before even half of it popped although I did
    > take it over to the granite counter and do some serious shaking. Next, I
    > tried the heavy but pretty enamel-coated skillet. Same thing.
    > Next I tried the Volrath big pot. Same thing.
    > For this range, the thickness of the skillet + high heat or even
    > middlin' high heat wasn't the answer.
    > Any idiot can pop corn, right? Wrong. Not this idiot. With only time
    > and corn to lose, I decided to try one more combination before I bought
    > either microwave popping corn or an air popper. I coated the insides of a
    > ScanPan skillet with just a little oil, put in a covering of pop corn, put
    > the glass lid on, set the burner on Medium and watched. The corn popped
    > beautifully without any burning or shaking.
    > YMMV and then some. Your mileage may vary, indeed. But that's what
    > worked for me. The caramel corn is good stuff. Next time will be easier.
    > Polly
    >
    >

    I wasn't aware we were talking about kettle corn or caramel corn. I'm not
    aware of the limitations of your stove or rangetop, sorry!

    Jill


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