If you’re having company over and don’t have much time to prepare snacks or even shop for bad processed chips or something, then you should learn how to make popcorn. There are easy steps to follow, and fun and flavor afterward! Not to mention that it’s simple and pretty cost-effective!
Is there a better snack out there than warm, homemade, crunchy and buttery popcorn? If there is such a thing I do not know because I am a true popcorn fiend. I can hardly imagine seeing a movie without it. And just the smell of it tends to make me happy and smiling with my whole face. It makes me think back to my childhood when I used to listen to every pop of every kernel, with joy! Naturally, this is one of the things that I tend to make often at home.
How to make popcorn in 8 easy steps
1. Gather your ingredients
You’ll need about 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, 2-3 tablespoons of canola oil or vegetable oil and some fine salt, for serving. As for equipment: a large pot!
2. Coat the pot with oil
Coat the bottom of the pot you’re using with the tablespoons of oil of your choosing. You’ll need the bottom layer to be even and spread out perfectly. Or some kernels might burn and damage your pot.
3. Add the test kernels
You will need a couple of kernels to alert you to when the oil is heated enough. So add to the bottom of the pot.
4. Heat the pot
Turn the heat on, with a medium-high flame. And cover the pot – you don’t want the popcorn jumping around the kitchen.
5. Add all the kernels
Once the test kernels have popped (so you have to stay there and pay attention, don’t go anywhere), you can remove them from the pot and add the half a cup of corn you have. Swirl the pot a little, so that all the kernels are coated in hot oil. Cover the pot and wait for them to pop.
6. Vent the pot a little
When they begin popping, move the lid a little bit over the pot, so you can vent what’s inside. If you do that, you release some of the steam built in, which would make the popcorn soggy.
7. Remove from heat
When the popping sounds are further apart, remove the pot from the heat. But don’t remove the lid just yet, there is still a bit of popping to do.
Transfer the popcorn to a bowl. Sprinkle with salt. There are also other things you can top the popcorn with, for a variety of flavors.