Monday, March 28, 2022

Making Popcorn on the Stove Top

    I remember when I was growing up we had popcorn as a snack quite often.  Mom would even pop a double batch and we would take it to the car racing and eat it instead of buying it there.  It was always so good.  I mentioned this to my boys awhile back and they had no clue that popcorn could be made on the stove instead of the microwave.  I am sure a lot of the newer generation have no idea also so I decided to use today’s blog post to teach everyone about this way of making popcorn. 

            Stove top popcorn is THE BEST.  It turns out super fresh, salty, crunchy and delicious.  The microwave stuff does not hold a candle to it.  Since I taught the boys how we did it years ago, we make it this way at least once a week now.  It’s cheaper and better than any store-bought variety.

·        ½ c.  popcorn kernels (makes about 8 cups of popped corn)

·        3 T. oil (I use canola but you can use olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, etc.)

·        Salt & seasoning salt

·        Melted butter (optional)


            To make stove top popcorn, you need a large pan (with a lid) that has a heavy bottom.  Place the oil into the pan and sprinkle in a good amount of salt and seasoning salt.  If you are not a fan of seasoning salt, just don’t add it.  I add the salt to the oil because it ensures an even coating of salt on the popcorn. 

Heat up the oil over high heat.  Put in 3-4 popcorn kernels and put on the lid and give the pan a little shake.  Once they pop, you know the oil is hot enough and ready.  Add in the rest of the popcorn, put on the lid, turn the heat down to medium-high and shake the pan every few seconds.  This will make the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom so you will have plenty of popped corn and not so many kernels.  Once the popping sounds have slowed down considerably, remove the pan from the stove and carefully pour the popped corn into a bowl.  Don’t get burned by the escaping steam. 

If you want buttered popcorn, add in some butter to the pan you just used for the popcorn and melt it down and then pour over your popcorn.  I love buttered popcorn but when I make popcorn on the stove, I don’t even butter it. It’s good enough on its own to me.

Other great ways to enhance the popcorn is to sprinkle on some grated parmesan or cayenne pepper or even some cinnamon sugar.  Or to think a bit outside of the box, sprinkle on some homemade taco seasoning.

     Some other really great snacks include: ham sliders, homemade potato chips, fried peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and marinated cheese & olives.


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