Anyone Still Make Popcorn The Old School Way?

Iron Woode

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I often wondered if I was the only one who makes popcorn on the stove burner using a pot with a lid.

So, I thought I'd find out if I am alone on this.

Well, am I?

:)
 

Chaotic42

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I've made it a few times and I used a metal bowl that I put the corn, oil, and seasoning in. I put aluminum foil on top and poked holes in it. I put the bowl on the burner and shook it from time to time.
 

lxskllr

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I make it in a wok on the stove. It could hardly be easier. Good reminder. I haven't made it in awhile. Might do that tonight :^)
 
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BurnItDwn

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When I make popcorn i use a kettle with oil, like they do at carnivals and movie theaters with flavacol.
 

IronWing

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Corn popped in a wok…
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Dish on a dish of sunlight
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Satellite of love
 
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Muse

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Yup. Oil, saucepan, stovetop.
ditto... I gotta popper that I used umpteen zillion times but haven't for several years. Stovetop for me now. A little oil. No butter, a sprinkle of salt... done. I buy in bulk out of bin, organic. Not too much, if you keep it too long it pops badly if at all.

I don't miss the butter. The oil in the pan gives an oil taste and I like that. You don't get that with a hot air popper. Adding butter makes a mess of the popper or is an extra step if you melt and pour over. That gets your hands messy too.
 
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Paperdoc

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For years we did it in an electric frypan rather than on a stove element using a regular frypan or pot. Once for fun for the kids, my wife set that up in the middle of the Living Room floor with a big clean sheet spread out, and NO lid. Flying puffs accompanied by gales of giggles!

The REAL "old school" way from when I was a kid was a steel mesh cage on the end of a long metal arm and filled with dry kernels. You held that over an open fire when camping or backyard barbecuing, or over a hot stove element, and shook it to keep kernels moving to avoid burning.
 
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Zorba

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I did it all the time as a kid, haven't in so long I don't even remember how.

I use an air popper which is nice for clean up and it's healthier, but I can't ever get seasoning to stick to it afterwards.
 

Homerboy

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Dont use the stovetop per se. But virtually the same thing using a oil based popper. This is my go-to combo at home which is quite often
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