What are Some Different Ways to Pop Popcorn?

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We’re all so familiar with the convenience of the microwave popcorn but popcorn is already a very easy to make snack, and it’s one of those snacks that is so much better when it’s homemade. You don’t need any special equipment either. There’re a ton of ways to pop popcorn in the comfort of your own kitchen, and they turn out just as good, if not better!

Now, if you’re wondering how many ways of popping popcorn there could possibly be, tag along with us and learn everything about ways of popping popcorn.

Stovetop Popcorn Method

The stovetop method is possibly the second most popular one after microwave, but it’s just as easy and delicious if you know what you’re doing. Give this method a try and you won’t go back to those flavored microwave popcorn bags!

What You’ll Need

  • ¼ cup of coconut or avocado oil, or any neutral oil of your choice (this applies to the following recipes as well)
  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • Salt to taste
  • Large pot with a fitting lid
  • Large bowl for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a pot with a fitting lid
  • Toss a few kernels into the pot and wait for them to pop
  • Add the remaining kernels into the pot, quickly stir, and cover with the lid
  • After the popping sound fades out, transfer the popcorn into a large bowl and season to your liking
  • Enjoy!

Microwave in a Bag Popcorn Method

Did you know that you can make your own microwave popcorn at home using a brown paper bag? Well, now you do. It’s also very easy like its store bought counterpart, but infinitely better! Here’s what you should know about this method:

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • ½ cup of coconut or avocado oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Brown paper bag
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  • Add the kernels and oil to a bowl and mix well
  • Transfer in a brown bag and seal the bag tightly by folding from top down
  • Microwave for about 2 minutes until the popping sound starts to die down
  • Transfer to a bowl and salt to taste
  • Enjoy!

Warning: Don’t wait for all of the kernels to pop or don’t leave the bag unattended because the bag might catch fire, no matter how microwave-safe it is. So, it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Microwave in a Bowl Popcorn Method

If you for some reason don’t have a brown bag or any other equipment but craving some freshly popped popcorn, fear no more! You can easily pop popcorn in the microwave with a bowl and scratch that itch!

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • ¼ cup of coconut or avocado oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  • Add the kernels and oil to a bowl and mix well
  • Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe plate
  • Microwave for around 3 to 4 minutes until the popping sound starts to die down
  • Carefully take the bowl out, add salt or any other seasoning of your choice, and mix well
  • Enjoy!

Whirley pop Popcorn Method

If popcorn is your favorite snack and you can’t get enough of it, the Whirley Pop is exactly what you need! It’s not a fancy, electronic popcorn machine, but it does the job just as easy and good. So, why not give it a try? Here’s how:

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • ½ cup of coconut or avocado oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  • Add the kernels and oil to the pot
  • Adjust the lid and heat up the pot over medium heat
  • Turn the crank slowly to keep the kernels moving
  • When the popping sound starts to die down, turn the heat off
  • Open the lid and dump into a large bowl
  • Salt to taste and mix well
  • Enjoy!

Air-popped Popcorn Method

Air-popped popcorn is one of many great ways of making this incredibly delicious snack, and it’s the favorite of some folks for good reason. Its clean-up is convenient, it’s easy to use and pretty fast compared to some other methods. If you got yourself one of these bad boys, and are wondering how to use it, no worries. We got you!

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • ½ cup of melted butter
  • Salt to taste
  • Medium saucepan
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  • Heat the air popper for 2 minutes without adding anything yet – and without the plastic chute
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat
  • Put a large bowl right in front of the air popper to catch the popcorn
  • Attach the plastic chute, toss in the kernels into the air popper and wait for all of them to pop
  • As they pop and fall into the bowl, slowly drizzle over the melted butter and sprinkle salt to taste
  • Once there are no unpopped kernels left, drizzle the rest of the butter over, salt to taste, and mix well.
  • Enjoy!

Wok-popped Popcorn Method

Popping popcorn in a wok sounds unusual, right? Well, for some it’s as normal as a blueberry pie! All it takes is a nicely seasoned wok and a fitting lid. A wok is even better than a regular pot because of its spacious shape. So, if you want to give it a go, here’s how:

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 6 tbsp corn kernels
  • Salt to taste
  • Large bowl

Instructions

  • Add the oil to the wok, place it on medium heat, toss in a few kernels, and cover with the lid
  • Once the kernels start popping, add the remaining kernels to the wok
  • Cover with the lid and constantly shake the wok until all of the kernels pop
  • After the popping sound comes to a stop, transfer to a large bowl, salt to taste and mix well
  • Enjoy!

Popcorn Machine Method

This method is for the ultimate popcorn connoisseur who wants to pop the best popcorn at home! But, even if you might be more casual than that, you should still give this method a go if popcorn is your favorite snack to munch on while watching your favorite blockbuster. So, here’s how this method works:

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • ¼ cup of coconut or avocado oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Large serving bowl

Instructions

  • Heat up the kettle for around 8 minutes
  • Pour the oil into the kettle
  • Toss in a few kernels and wait for them to start popping
  • Toss in the remaining kernels and close the lid
  • Once the popping sound stops, dump the popcorn and salt to taste
  • Enjoy!

Instant Pot Popcorn Method

Popping popcorn is such a forgiving and easy thing that you don’t have to buy special equipment for it. You can use any type of cooking gear you have in your kitchen, including an instant pot. Yes, it sounds weird but it definitely works! Here’s how this method works if you want to give it a go:

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • ½ cup of corn kernels
  • Salt to taste
  • Large serving bowl

Instructions

  • Turn on the instant pot and select High Saute mode
  • Add the oil when the display shows that the pot is heated
  • Once the oil is melted, toss in the kernels and stir until they’re all coated
  • Wait for 30 seconds or so and stir again
  • When they start to sizzle, cover the lid and let them cook for 5 minutes or so
  • Turn off the High Saute mode and let them pop
  • Turn off the instant pot when you hear the popping sound slow down
  • Transfer to a large bowl after they’re all popped, salt to taste and mix well
  • Enjoy!

Jiffy Pop Popcorn Method

Popcorn in a jiffy! Sounds great, right? Well, because it IS great. When a friend makes an unexpected visit to hang out and watch some movies, Jiffy pop is usually the ultimate snack solution for most of us. Since it’s very hard to find them these days, it’s very nostalgic as well. So, if you’re in a similar predicament yourself, it’s definitely worth a try! Here’s how:

Instructions

  • First things first, we suggest that you take a look at the pan to see if there’s any dents or punctures, because any kind of impurity will get in your way and make the popping experience harder than it should be.
  • Remove the cardboard covering the aluminum foil – the gentler the better in this step
  • Place the pan over medium heat and wait for a couple of minutes for the oil to heat up
  • Start shaking the pan in a clockwise manner until the popping sound starts to slow down – but don’t try to pop every single kernel, otherwise you risk burning the popcorn
  • Remove the pan from heat
  • Using a sharp knife or a bamboo stick, puncture a few holes in the foil ball – be very careful at this step because steam can burn your hands or face just as easily and quickly as fire!
  • Once most of the steam is out, tear the top of the foil and dump the popcorn in a large bowl
  • Enjoy!

Campfire Popcorn Method

Let’s say you want to go on a camping trip with your friends or family, light up a nice fire in the woods, enjoy a satisfying meal and have a nice conversation while munching on a buttery and crispy popcorn. What if we said you can? Yes, campfire popcorn is absolutely a thing! It’s also very easy to make and will elevate your camping experience even more. So, if you want to give it a go for your next camping trip, here’s how:

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp corn kernels
  • Salt to taste
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Instructions

  • Place the kernels and oil in the middle of the aluminum foil square
  • Tightly fold the edges and shape it into a closed packet, leaving some room for the popcorn to expand
  • Carefully place the packet near the fire, NOT directly in it
  • When the popping sound starts to die down, carefully remove the packet from the fire with tongs
  • Salt to taste while it’s hot
  • Enjoy!

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