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#1 of 5 Old 06-05-2012, 03:44 PM - Thread Starter
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I just got a whirlypop stove top aluminum popcorn popper.  So, two questions... is the aluminum a bad choice? 

And, how do I make good popcorn... specifically, what kind of oil (healthy)?  I did manage to get non GMO kernals at least :)

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I don't know about the aluminum pot, but others do so hopefully they'll be along soon.


For the oil, I use coconut oil. It adds a great subtle flavor to the popcorn (not coconut-y) and I have found that I use less butter and salt now than when I used vegetable oil.


PS-You don't need to use a special popcorn pot to make the popcorn. I use a regular pot and just keep shaking it as the corn pops (in case the aluminum doesn't works out). 

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I just use a pot, too. 


I don't know about the best oil, but I do know that cooking it quickly, at high heat, and making sure to let excess steam out makes nice crunchy popcorn.  I used to have trouble with the popcorn seeming a bit stale, and doing those 2 things solved it.

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WE just use a large pot with a lid too.  The trick I learned is to put three kernels in while the oil gets hot and once the pop, put in the rest of the kernels. 


I've always just used olive oil and it tastes great!

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we have a whirlypop-I have three! AND yes there are times I use them all at once- saves having to wait to clean in between patches- I got all three at flea markets-all never used with the booklet- less than $5.00 total and found all within about a month of each other--just really weird- I had planned to give one but had a need to make for an event and found it to be really helpful to have them


we love them!


it is 3 tbsp to 1/2 cup of corn (I have no problem finding organic corn-sold at lots of places)


we use mostly bacon fat or olive oil if out


it's hardly and issue for us the aluminum-given it spends mere minutes in it- we HATE air poped and no to microwave, besides the system works far better vs a covered pan- a lot less time as well 


you add the oil, get it hot and wait until you see "heat" on the oil, add the corn and when it starts, you turn until it stops popping- usually less than a minute once popping starts- it goes super fast- glove your hand it gets hot and make sure you have the lid on correctly! lurk.gif


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