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Delicious Homemade Stove Popped Popcorn
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Popcorn Popped on the Stove
Cooking Popcorn on the Stove
When I was a kid, my family made stove popped popcorn. It's easy to make, delicious and can be used for caramel corn balls, popcorn garland, or enjoying with a movie.
To start with, you'll need the following for stove popped popcorn.
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Large pot and lid
Before you start cooking on the stove, be very careful that you don't burn up your pot or scorch your corn. If you screw up popcorn, it's really hard to clean the pot after. The best way to avoid this is by using plenty of oil in the bottom of the pot.
Step by step popcorn recipe
Stove Popped Popcorn Ingredients
- 1/2 cup corn kernels
- 2 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
- 3 tablespoons butter, optional
- Take 2 1/2 tablespoons of cooking oil and place it in the pot. Let it spread out so that it's covering the entire bottom of the pot. If your pot is big, add more cooking oil. Using too little oil is one of the biggest mistakes people make when cooking popcorn. They think it will be less greasy. The oil is needed to pop the corn and if you don't have enough, it will burn your pot up.
- The next step is to turn your stove on a medium heat and place the pot on the stove. Open the lid to the pot and drop three kernels of corn into the oil. Listen for those kernels to pop.
- Once the initial kernels pop, pour in 1/2 cup of kernels, and crack the lid slightly so some of the steam can escape. The kernels should begin to pop within a few minutes. I recommend holding the pot and shaking it from time to time. I call this the popcorn popping shuffle. Shaking the pot helps by getting the kernels back to the bottom of the pot as the corn pops.
- The popcorn will pop slowly at first, then it speeds up, then it starts to die down. As it dies down, this is when you need to have a little feel. When I hear about one kernel popping every second in a half, pull it from the stove and let it cool. You'll most likely hear a few more pieces pop.
- When the popcorn is pulled from the stove, place 3 tablespoons of butter into the microwave in a cup and melt the butter. Once it's melted, open the pot, salt it, pour the butter on top while stirring the popcorn over with a large spoon. It's ready to serve. The popcorn will pop slowly at firs
Step 1: Add Oil to the Pot
Cooking Oil Prevents the Pot from Burning Up
Heat from the stove can burn a pot up. Our tests show that not putting in enough oil is the number one reason pots burn while cooking. The oil helps to dissipate the heat, otherwise the heat from the stove will damage the pot.
For cooking popcorn, we recommend using canola oil, but coconut, sunflower, and vegetable oil are fine to use, they just provide a slightly different flavor, especially coconut oil.
1/2 Cup of Corn Kernels will Produce Four Servings of Popcorn
One half cup of corn kernels will pop to feed four medium sized servings of popcorn. Perfect for the family of four!
Add a Few Kernels to the Pot to Pop Before Adding the Rest
One of the tips to cooking popcorn on the stove is how to know when the oil is hot. Start by adding a few kernels to the pot. Once the first kernels pop, it's time to add the rest of the corn kernels to the pot.
Keep a Small Air Gap While the Korn Pops
By cracking the lid on the pot steam can escape, but it will still keep the corn from popping out of the pot. Be careful to just crack the lid a little like shown in the photo. Letting the steam release will prevent the popcorn from getting soggy while it's popping. The moisture from the oil provides the steam.
Optionally, Add Butter
Butter is a great flavor to add to popcorn, especially the real thing. Three tablespoons of butter will be plenty to heavily coat 1/2 cup of popped kernels. Place the butter in the microwave to melt for about thirty seconds. Then, pour it over the popcorn and stir.
Salt to Taste
Delicious stove popped popcorn is completed with the final step of adding a little salt. 1/4 teaspoon is plenty, but add it to taste. Enjoy!