If you happen to be hanging out around our house after school, or on the weekend when we’re watching a movie, then you’ve definitely witnessed the plentiful amounts of popcorn that get popped around this place.
I’m smitten (obsessed might be the better word here) with serving popcorn when there are a lot of hungry kids nearby. It’s inexpensive, reasonably good for you, feeds a crowd well, and keeps hunger pains at bay, especially for the growing boys who spend a lot of time in our home.
I haven’t been acquainted with the regular use of a microwave for fifteen years, and while I'm no stranger to popping my popcorn using the old-fashioned method of a hot pot on the stovetop, last summer I wised up to my time consuming ways and purchased a Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper, which is now one of the hardest working tools in my kitchen.
Are you familiar with this quick-cooking gadget? Without getting too technical, it’s a hand-cranked stovetop popcorn maker that cooks up twice the amount of popcorn that's in a microwaveable bag of kernels, in about 3 minutes. No joke. You only need a minimal amount of oil in your pot, which makes it so much healthier for you than the store-bought or microwave varieties. You can customize the flavour by adding spices to the oil before cooking the popcorn (I’m a fan of chili powder), or tossing around add-ins like nuts, seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, Parmesan cheese, etc. when the kernels have finished popping.
My standard recipe for a batch of plain popcorn is: 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil + ½ cup popcorn kernels + ½ - 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Once popped, I usually add something else to the bowl, even it’s just a drizzle of warm, melted butter.
Do you like popcorn as much as we do? Do you have a Whirley Pop? How do you make your popcorn at home?