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sloanie
06-20-2009, 09:24 AM
I'm going to get a popcorn popper so I can control the fat and sodium when I make popcorn. Which type/brand do you chicks like best? Thanks!!


Tejas
06-20-2009, 07:56 PM
hmmm, any hot air popper???

Cebsme
06-20-2009, 09:43 PM
I got a Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper for less than 20 bucks at wal-mart and it works great. Any Hot Air Popper should work well.


JulieJ08
06-20-2009, 10:24 PM
I think my air popper must be 15 years old :) Not sure what kind it is. Maybe they have nifty features nowadays that I don't even know I'm missing :) I have always preferred air popped corn, even when adding butter to it after popping. But I enjoy plain too sometimes.

sloanie
06-21-2009, 07:21 AM
Has anyone tried any of the microwave poppers?

JoJoJo2
06-21-2009, 07:53 AM
I pop corn in my microwave steamer. That way I can control the stuff I put on it, like Splenda, a bit of salt, I Can't Believe it's not Butter, etc.

I'll never go back to the little sacks of corn merchandized for the microwave.

But I've had it for years and years so I have no idea what brand it is. Sorry.....

sloanie
06-21-2009, 11:12 PM
JoJo-can you give me directions for using the steamer for popping corn?

JoJoJo2
06-21-2009, 11:35 PM
Sloanie, I will try. My microwave steamer is mostly used to steam veggies. It has a base, a tray, and a box-like cover. To steam the veggies you add water to the base, put the tray on top of the water, add the veggies to the tray, put the box-like cover on top, and microwave it for the needed amount of time.

To use it as a popcorn popper you just add the unpopped corn to the base. Put the box-like cover on top, and microwave it until the popping stops. No water is added to pop the corn.

As I said, I've had this thing for many, many years. It works great for me for both the steaming of veggies and also the popping of corn. When it wears out I will be searching for something like it. It really works well for me.

Sorry I can't provide brand names or anything like that. I probably bought it at Kmart or some place similar.

Best of luck to you.

JoJoJo2
06-22-2009, 12:10 AM
It's me again, Sloanie:

I surprise myself at times. I found the instruction booklet that came with my popcorn popper. It is an Anchor Ovenware Popcorn Popper Steamer/Roaster. U.S. Patent #4,477,705. It is made by the Anchor Hocking Corporation, Lancaster Ohio 43130. It even has a parts reorder form, with part numbers and order information which I will be happy to share with you if you wish.

I of course have no idea if they are still making the thing. The prices listed for the replacement parts tell me that I really bought it a long time ago.

Good luck.

sloanie
06-22-2009, 11:56 AM
Thanks Jojo
I'll just google the info that you provided. Are you really 83? If so, that's awesome. You go girl!!!!

JoJoJo2
06-22-2009, 12:25 PM
Yes, I am 83, and enjoying life.

TexasLoser
08-30-2009, 10:31 PM
Today I made popcorn using 2 tsp. olive oil and corn - just used my skillet and lid and it turned out really well! So much better than microwave popcorn.

sloanie
08-31-2009, 10:44 PM
Sounds good. I must try that!

Ilene
08-31-2009, 10:56 PM
I don't know what you call it but I got this bowl at Walmart specially made for microwaving popcorn, it has a plastic lid that has vents to let the steam out when it's popping... It makes great popcorn... It costs around 20$...

sloanie
09-01-2009, 06:34 PM
I almost got one for the microwave, but you had to buy special inserts that were not reusable. Is that what you have?

bargoo
09-01-2009, 07:13 PM
I vote for the hot air popper , makes great pocorn with no oil which you would need if you are using the pan on the stove.

JoJoJo2
09-01-2009, 08:54 PM
Sloanie - What I have doesn't have any special inserts that are not reusable. It is what it is, and it still works OK for me. I'm pretty sure I got it at Target, but it was many years ago.

sloanie
09-02-2009, 05:56 PM
I'll look there, thanks!

AnnieRu2
09-03-2009, 01:27 AM
Ladies, let me tell you how I make my popcorn without any fancy gadgets. Just put 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, fold the top down, run your hand under water and lightly coat the front and back side of the brown paper bag to moisten it. Put it in your microwave and hit the "popcorn" cycle. Stay near by to listen for when it stops popping and remove. My microwave is small and not very powerful, I stop the microwave when it has 30 seconds left and my popcorn comes out beautiful everytime. Do not reuse the bag as it will start to get holes and the next batch will have popcorn all over your microwave. Works like a charm and now you are in control of how much and what you want to put on it. No need for any fancy poppers or bowls. Very inexpensive too. After it is popped, I like to spray with non-fat cooking spray (right in the bag) and make a chocolate popcorn using a mixture of cocoa mix/splenda/hot chocolate mix and also a spicy version using McCormick's Smoky Sweet Pepper Seasoning blend.

Vickie
09-03-2009, 06:46 AM
Any chemical treatments on those brown bags?

Ilene
09-03-2009, 11:14 AM
Ladies, let me tell you how I make my popcorn without any fancy gadgets. Just put 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, fold the top down, run your hand under water and lightly coat the front and back side of the brown paper bag to moisten it. Put it in your microwave and hit the "popcorn" cycle. Stay near by to listen for when it stops popping and remove. My microwave is small and not very powerful, I stop the microwave when it has 30 seconds left and my popcorn comes out beautiful everytime. Do not reuse the bag as it will start to get holes and the next batch will have popcorn all over your microwave. Works like a charm and now you are in control of how much and what you want to put on it. No need for any fancy poppers or bowls. Very inexpensive too. After it is popped, I like to spray with non-fat cooking spray (right in the bag) and make a chocolate popcorn using a mixture of cocoa mix/splenda/hot chocolate mix and also a spicy version using McCormick's Smoky Sweet Pepper Seasoning blend.Well, what a good idea!!

AnnieRu2
09-04-2009, 05:56 PM
No chemical treatment on the bags. Just the plain old lunch sack kind. Years ago I bought some special paper bags that had this special card board piece on the bottom that allowed you to pop your own popcorn in the bag. After several uses, the bottom part pulled off and I was left with a paper bag, so I thought what will happen. The original "special bag" gave the directions to wet the paper sack slightly. So I did that with a regular paper sack and it worked just fine, so I stopped buying the other ones and just use the regular lunch sacks (that come about 50 or 100 in a package). I do not reuse these bags though. They really only work one time. And don't bother to try re-popping any unpopped kernels (just like microwavable kind - you can't do this - it burns). If yours burns the first time, don't give up just play around with how long you keep it in. It is funny how we get all these special contraptions to help us get the job done and they take up cabinet space and sometimes the easiest answer is a plain old lunch sack.

sloanie
09-04-2009, 06:09 PM
Thanks again for the info. Do you have any secrets for flavoring/salting your popped corn so the toppings stick?

ontarget
09-04-2009, 10:07 PM
Okay, ya'll have me hungry for popcorn. :lol: :corn:

ontarget
09-04-2009, 10:08 PM
I spray mine with Pam butter-flavored spray.:corn:

AnnieRu2
09-26-2009, 04:01 PM
I spray with calorie free cooking spray (inside the bag) and then sprinkle on McCormick's Smoky Sweet Pepper Seasoning blend for a spicy popcorn. Take it to parties all the time and it is the big hit. The spicy hot flavor keeps me away from the sweets.

TheBabies
09-26-2009, 06:37 PM
Popping popcorn in the paper bag is one of my favorite foods too. So much better then the chemically-tasting stuff from the store. I do reuse the bag though, I don't moisten the inside so maybe that's why I can use it again. I reuse each bag 7-10 times and haven't had any problems.

I spray with Pam or something and use a little bit of popcorn salt, Splenda & chipotle chili spice. When I'm feeling sorry for myself for not being able to eat buffalo wings, I'll put Franks hot sauce and some crumbled blue cheese on the popcorn. Amazing how substitutes like that can fill that craving sometimes.