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I know that hot dogs have long been associated with the beloved pastime of baseball, but I really think that the actual favorite pastime snack is popcorn. Think about it; you cannot watch a movie without it. You cannot sit down for an extended period of time to binge-watch your favorite television show without a bowl of popcorn.
When you have people over your house, popcorn is one of the snacks you are going to grab. I am not talking about the greasy, buttery, fatty popcorn you find in movie theaters. Although, there are many that love that kind of popcorn.
I am talking about its healthier and more affordable cousin, popcorn that you make with actual popcorn kernels and not a bag you just throw in the microwave. Now that I have you hooked keep on reading to find out more about all the different types of popcorn makers.
There are basically two types of popcorn poppers. One is standalone, and the other needs a heat source from outside of the machine. A typical outside source of heat is the microwave or stovetop. If you do not like using the microwave, then the stovetop is the way to go for you. You can also use a countertop popcorn popper that can plugin.
There are two types of countertop popcorn poppers. One is a hot-air popcorn popper, and the other is a more traditional type. The traditional one uses butter or oil. An air popper allows you to make a healthier version of your popcorn because you do not have to use butter or oil. The high heat and fan create popcorn that is fat-free.
It is vital to know how much popcorn you would like to pop at one time. Knowing how much you want to pop can drive the size of the machine you need. An expensive commercial popper does the same thing as one that is a smaller version that can be stored in the kitchen.
If you get an occasional visitor, it might not be a huge deal to make multiple batches of popcorn. If you will always have a lot of people that want popcorn, you might want to consider investing in a larger machine. An air popper, microwave popper, and stovetop popper are all going to be in a smaller size, which makes them easier to store.
It also means they may cook less popcorn at one time. A countertop popper will take up more room but will also allow you to cook more popcorn at one time in the same batch. The commercial popping machines are the largest; they take up the most room but give you the most popcorn in one batch.
The size of the machine is going to indicate how much popcorn you can make. As stated above, the larger the machine means the more popcorn you can pop at one time. There are some popcorn poppers that are small enough to be specifically for an individual but will not work for a larger family.
When you are looking for a popcorn popper, you want one that is going to be durable and long-lasting. No one wants to waste their money by purchasing a popper that is not going to last. Stainless steel is a great option for a durable popcorn popper. If you are looking for a microwave one, silicone is a durable option.
The way the popcorn popper looks is important also. If it is a machine that is going to sit out all the time, you want it to work well with your decor. If you have a more modern look to your home, you probably do not want an antique-looking machine. While looking good is important, you also want to make sure that it works well.
I would be remiss if I jumped right into the popcorn makers without touching on the items you put in the maker. Believe it or not, there is more than one type of corn kernel. Listed below are the four main types of corn kernels you might use.
The smoke point of the oil you choose to pop your popcorn is critical. The smoke point is the temperature when the oil breaks down, and it no longer provides any value. When the oil breaks down, it means that they are not effective in your popcorn maker and will burn. Burning the oil could change the nutritional value of your popcorn. There are some oils that will not impact the natural taste of the popcorn, while others enhance the flavor making it richer.
Coconut oil is the most common and popular oil found in movie theater popcorn. Refine coconut oil has a smoke point between 350 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a flavor and odor that is neutral. This oil is high in saturated fat, which can help burn fat while reducing the risk of heart disease. If too much-refined coconut oil is used, it can impact the flavor of any seasoning put on the popcorn.
A microwave popcorn maker is obviously one that is used in the microwave. The ability to put it in the microwave gives you an incredible amount of convenience. You can pop up fluffy and healthy popcorn in just a few minutes. Using a microwave popcorn maker does not contain any of the harmful ingredients you will find in the prepackaged microwave popcorn bag.
A typical microwave popcorn maker is constructed of a borosilicate glass that is temperature safe. You can also find them made from plastic or silicone. If you opt for a plastic version, be sure to check that it is BPA-free.
Plastic is still allowed to contain BPA, and you do not want that in your popcorn. The popcorn popper lid is usually silicone. It can be used to measure your kernels and to melt butter. You can easily add some butter inside the top, and as it heats, the butter melts and mix into your popcorn.
A microwave popcorn popper cooks your popcorn quickly, in about two to four minutes. You can expect that with 12 cups of popcorn. If your popper holds more or less, it will vary the popping time. Many poppers will hold about 15 cups of kernels.
These machines are easy to use. You measure the appropriate amount of kernels and oil. Then you set the temperature on your microwave. Many of them have popcorn buttons. Wait a few minutes, and just like that, you have delicious popcorn.
If you enjoy healthy, fresh popcorn quickly, this is a great choice. You can find a microwave popcorn maker in a variety of colors and styles. Most microwave poppers are easy to clean by simply wiping them with a soapy and damp sponge. Many are also dishwasher safe. Using a microwave popcorn maker is fast, easy, and inexpensive.
A stovetop popcorn maker is ideal for making a large amount of popcorn without sacrificing the quality of your popcorn. Many feel that popcorn made in a stovetop popcorn maker closely mimics the taste of popcorn in a movie theater.
A popcorn maker looks similar to a pot with a lid that you would typically put on the stove. The one exception is the cover has a crank that acts as a mechanism to stir the kernels inside. The crank keeps the kernels moving and prevents them from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pot.
You have to control the heat for yourself so that the popcorn does not burn. When the spinner is harder to turn, and the popping has slowed down, those are indicators that your popcorn is done and ready to enjoy.
Stovetop popcorn makers heat quickly and do not need much oil to pop the best tasting and healthiest popcorn. While the kernels are popping, you are able to add any type of seasoning you would like to the popcorn. You do have to be mindful while the popcorn is popping. You must control the heat because if the kernels get too hot, they will burn. Stovetop popcorn makers are easy to clean by wiping with a dry towel.
An electric popcorn maker plugs into an electrical outlet with a cord. The cord can be wrapped under or in some way around the machine when it is not being used. Wrapping the cord helps to make it more compact for storage when not in use. The electric popcorn maker is a simple to use machine, but it is essential to make sure the lid is securely attached. Otherwise, you may have hot kernels flying at you.
The electric popcorn maker has a lid on it that acts as a serving bowl when the popcorn is finished popping. The bowl is easy to clean. All you have to do is throw it in the dishwasher. The rest of the machine just needs a wipe down with a damp cloth. If you do not like a stovetop popper, an electric popper may be the right one for you.
The hot air popper does not require butter or oil. After you turn on the popper, it takes a few minutes to heat up, and then it starts sending popcorn out of the front. The hot air popper produces light and fluffy popcorn. There is no oily feel with this type of popcorn.
The air popper often comes with a measuring cup on top of the popper, which allows you to measure your kernel. It acts as a butter melter. You can put your butter in the measuring cup, and the butter melts as the popcorn pops.
Once your popcorn is finished, you can pour your melted butter on it. You can create buttery popcorn just the way you like it. Just that fast you have homemade popcorn. The air popper tends to be incredibly durable and stays cleaner. There is no oil build-up in the popper, helping it stay clean.
A campfire popcorn maker is one that is used over an open flame. It can be used on a fire or a grill. This type of popcorn maker is usually some type of metal. These are durable, strong, and convenient popcorn makers. Campfire popcorn makers are lightweight and easy to carry anywhere you need to go.
It has a box with a lid and a long metal pole with some type of handle at the end. The handle is usually wood or some material that will not get hot. This way, you do not burn your hands while popping your popcorn. This maker is easy to clean with a quick wipe of a towel.
A commercial popcorn maker is also referred to as a professional popcorn maker. A commercial popcorn maker will be the most expensive option you look at buying. They run from $150 to $400. They provide a significant amount of durability, quality, and convenience. 041b061a72