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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yesterday I found milk to be very interesting, today it is popcorn.

I had a yen for popcorn around 4pm, my "bad" time of day. I do not like air popped or microwave, but like the old fashioned popped in oil stuff.

On my shelf I found two types of popcorn in identical looking containers, one is Safeway, called "Corn to be Wild", the other is Orville Redenbacher's original, costing twice as much.

For fun, I decided to pop both of them for comparison, experimental purposes only!!!

I used a wide frying pan for one, and a 3 quart saucepan for the other. It was amazing to me how different the directions were.

Orville said 1/2 cup corn and 3 T oil, and put it in all together with heat on medium. No pre-heating.

Safeway said 1/3 cup corn and 2-3 T oil, but heat oil first until one kernel pops and then put the rest in.

In this case, Safeway won out, Redenbacher had quite a few unpopped kernels. Possibly it was the use of the frying pan. To be exact, I should have used the same type of pan.

The calories are about 140. Not bad, but then there is the butter. Did you know one Tablespoon of butter on 6 cups of popped popcorn really does not go very far???
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    I had always heard the heat the oil first thing, and that is what my parents did in their concession stand popcorn maker. Also some agitation. IE the concession stand, you put in the oil, once hot put in the popcorn and turn on the turning device and then when it pops it doesn't sit in the oil long. Currently, we do our own microwave popcorn. 1/4 cup popcorn into a brown paper bag with some olive oil, we often times used a flavored olive oil, pop like normal microwave popcorn and then serve or add toppings.
    1436 days ago
    We do the microwave kind!

    1437 days ago
    I love real popcorn. Grew up on it!! My favorite snack.
    1437 days ago
    i did know that piece of butter trivia....i too love the traditional method of popping popcorn....and butter!!
    1437 days ago
    I, too, love real popcorn, and I don't have it very often, either. If I can't have some popped in oil with real butter and pickling salt (super fine) I won't have any. The smell of artificial butter flavor makes me ill. I can't even go to the movies because of that smell. Popcorn is on my once a year list.
    1437 days ago
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