Small Popcorn Machines Solve Your Popcorn Cravings
There's the traditional way to make popcorn and then there's the modern way.
There's the simple way to make popcorn and then there's a more complicated process.
Whether you want air popped popcorn or popcorn with oil, the choice is there for you and since there are so many options to choose from, finding one that fits your needs shouldn't be a problem.
Air and Electric PoppersIf you're looking for a low calorie option, air poppers will do the trick. No need to use the stove or microwave when you've got these babies working for you. They're the standalone choice.
Simply add the desired or required amount of popcorn, place a bowl in front of the popper, plug the popper in and within a few minutes, it will spit out a low calorie snack for you to munch on.
For air poppers adding oil is optional, so if oil is your preference, you don't have to do without.
Optionally, you can spray air-popped popcorn with cooking oil, add popcorn seasoning and you've got a delicious snack to chew on while you kick back in the sofa and watch your favorite flick.
Stovetop PoppersTake advantage of your stove with a stovetop popper.
Toss your popcorn in the popper with the desired amount of oil and turn the heat on.
One of the advantages of stovetop poppers is they offer a stirring mechanism which will help you keep popcorn from sticking or burning while it pops.
For some this is a much better alternative than using a standard pot to pop your popcorn. This feature might most advantageous if you're popping your popcorn without oil or using butter.
Microwavable PoppersDon't like popping your popcorn on a stove or in an electric popper? Then, you can go for a microwavable popper.
Choose the right one and you can use it over and over again to make popcorn conveniently and quickly.
Just toss your popcorn in the popper, set the time for it to pop and wait until it's finished. Season the popcorn and you're ready to go.
Popcorn MachinesIf you're a popcorn fanatic, popcorn machines might be the way to go.
Popcorn machines are the least space saving option of all, but some people feel the trade-off is well worth it.
Popcorn machines will, of course, allow you to pop more popcorn in one setting--likely enough to feed the whole family and some.
So what you lose in bulk more than makes up for it in time and quantity.
Campfire or Firepit PoppersIf you crave cooking popcorn in your backyard with a firepit or while braving the great outdoors with a campfire, look no further, campfire poppers are what you need.
Grab one, drop the kernels in and position it over the fire.
Pretty soon you'll have a delicious bowl of nature-made popcorn right at your disposal while you sit by the fire with friends and family and dish campfire tales.
Alternative SolutionsThese alternative solutions are great if you're looking for a simple way to pop popcorn via your stove or microwave. The good news is you may already have everything you need at home and if you don't, getting the supplies to get starter are relatively cheap.
Buy a used pot at your local thrift store for a few cents and get yourself some lunch bags at Wal-mart for a few bucks.
Cooking PotIf you think you need a special popcorn popper for your stove, you don't. A simple pot with a lid will do the trick. Get a medium-sized pot, toss in 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/4 cup of popcorn, set the burner to medium (around number 5 on your electric stove), wait a few minutes and the popcorn will begin to pop.
Shaking the pot is not necessary with oil, but it can make the popcorn pop faster.
Once the popcorn is done, immediately add salt to the popcorn while it's in the pot so the salt will stick due to the heat and moisture in the popcorn. If you wait for the popcorn to cool, you may have a harder time getting the salt to stay on the popcorn.
Paper Lunch BagsIf you thought you needed special bags to make microwavable popcorn, you don't. Simple brown paper lunch bags that you can pick up at Walmart for a few bucks will do the trick.
Place 1/4 cup of popcorn in the bag, fold down the paper bag so the popcorn won't stray when it begins to pop and set the microwave to about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes and you're done.
If you don't like light air-popped popcorn, drop a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil for more flavor.
The downside to using oil with your popcorn is that you can't reuse the bags again. However, you can use them multiple times before throwing them away if you air pop your popcorn.