Wednesday, March 28, 2012


One of my favorite stories my mom told us as kids was about when the field of popcorn behind their house caught on fire, and all of the kernels exploded into white fluffiness. I still don't know if it was true or not, but it was a funny story nonetheless.

I've been reading about how unhealthy microwave popcorn is — and we don't have a microwave, anyway — so I decided to try my hand at stovetop popcorn. I couldn't believe how simple it was. All you do is heat some oil in a pot, throw in some kernels, cover it, and watch the magic unfold (here's the recipe I used). I'm still working on getting the texture just right (tips?), but it's one of my favorite new snacks.


  1. We bought an air popper on clearance and love it! It does take up some room though, and that can be a pain. We tried the popcorn "butter" spray, no calories and adds a nice flavor. We also like to try the flavorings, I found a really yummy cheddar one at TJ Maxx. I've never been able to get the texture right in a pot though.

  2. Its a true story. It is fun popping it natural, isn't it! Science. Mom had nothing but a heavy pot, kernels, and the oil. Speaking of flavorings, remember Seleste making her HI version of popcorn at the farm? THAT is a good one. Seaweed and what else? And what about handmade caramel pop corn balls for Halloween. What about popcorn and milk duds watching movies at home and on the the big screen. :) The texture right in the pot? Buy some really good kernels, take it slow heating up the oil, don't want the oil to burn, and listen. Shake, let it start rattling on its own. The heat moving the kernels around in the oil. Then when you hear the first one pop? You are on a mission! Shake, Rattle, and Roll. That's the way I learned from a woman having just as much fun seeing it happen as she did giving her children something special back in the 50's...