Stove-popped popcorn is better for you and a whole lot less expensive than its microwave counterpart. It’s also tastier, and can be customized with your own favorite add-ins and toppings.
I have someone in my Facebook community to thank for the popcorn-popping trick you’ll see in this video. After months of tough kernels, we now eat the fluffiest popcorn in town! (If you’re reading by email or RSS, you may need to click through to see the video.)
How to Pop Popcorn on the Stove
- Begin heating a large kettle on medium to medium-high heat.
- Add 2 tbsp. (or so) oil. I use coconut oil for the added health benefits
- Before the pan gets hot (I hold my hand over it to see if it’s warm) pour in 1 cup of popcorn. *** Don’t wait until it’s hot, because the popcorn will scorch. Ask me how I know!***
- Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the kettle (see video). Cut a few slits in the foil to allow the steam to escape.
- Allow popcorn to pop, gently shaking the kettle every 10 seconds or so, until popping has slowed and there are several seconds between pops.
- Immediately pour popcorn into bowls. Add melted butter and salt (or your own favorite toppings). Toss to distribute. Enjoy!
One cup of popcorn kernels, costing approximately 40 cents, makes about 24 cups of popped popcorn. We add real butter and salt to ours, and still come in way under $1.00 for a healthy treat for the whole family.
How do you like your popcorn? What are your favorite toppings?
**Special thanks to my 7 year old videographer. Be gentle. We’re both still learning.