How to Make Popcorn in a Popcorn Maker?

How to make a popcorn in a popcorn maker

Popcorn makes any occasion more enjoyable. It  is the ultimate snack, especially for movie nights. Sure, you can prepare popcorn in the microwave these days and it is convenient. But there is something oddly satisfying about making popcorn using a popcorn maker.

   

It is quite simple to make popcorn in a popcorn maker. You just have to add the corn kernels and seasonings and then close the lid before turning the machine on. The kernels would then heat up and pop and you get to have your favourite, freshly made popcorn.

In this blog, let us delve further into how a popcorn maker works.

What is a Popcorn Maker?

A popcorn maker is an appliance that is designed to popcorn kernels to make popcorn. It heats up the kernels until they explode into fluffy, edible pieces of popcorn.

Different Types of Popcorn Makers

There are different types of popcorn makers, each with its unique features and benefits but serving the same purpose.

  • Stovetop Popcorn Makers

If you prefer a traditional approach of making popcorn, stovetop popcorn makers are a great option. It is usually made of tough materials like aluminium or stainless steel and is affordable and easy to use.

A stovetop popcorn maker looks like a pot with a lid. The lid has a crank or spinner that you can turn to stir the corn kernels inside. This stirring helps keep the kernels from burning and sticking to the pot’s bottom.

For this kind of popcorn makers, you must control the heat yourself to make sure the popcorn does not burn. When the spinner becomes hard to turn and the popping slows down, that is a sign that your popcorn is ready to eat.

Stovetop popcorn makers heat up quickly, and you won’t need much oil to make popcorn that tastes great and is healthy. While the kernels are popping, you can add any seasoning you like. The only risk is that while the popcorn might burn if it gets too hot.

These popcorn makers are affordable and easy to clean.

  • Electric Popcorn Makers

You can plug the electric popcorn makers into an electrical outlet with a cord and you can wrap the cord around the machine when it is not in use. This popcorn maker is easy to use, but you have to make sure it is securely closed with the lid, or you might have your popcorn kernels flying around.

You can even use the lid as a bowl after the popcorn is prepared. These popcorn makers are easy to use and clean.

  • Hot Air Popcorn Makers

Hot air popcorn makers are simple to use and produce low-calorie popcorn. Also known as air poppers, they are compact in size and can be used in the kitchen.

This type of popcorn makers comes with an in-built fan that blows hot air over popcorn kernels to make them pop. The popped popcorn is shot through the small spigot in front of the machine that you can collect into your bowl.

The best thing about these popcorn makers is that you don’t need to use butter or oil. You just turn them on, wait a few minutes for them to get hot, and then they start popping popcorn. The popcorn they make is light and fluffy, and it does not feel greasy like some other types.

Air poppers are long-lasting and easy to clean as they do not have oily buildup.

  • Commercial Popcorn Makers

Commercial popcorn makers are also known as a professional popcorn maker. They are large in size, take up space and are expensive. However, commercial popcorn makers are super durable and can be used to make large batches of popcorn.

If are someone who usually hosts lots of parties or movie nights, a commercial popcorn maker is the right choice for you. Despite their large size, they are simple to use.

These popcorn makers come with various features, but you might not need all of them, so it is important to know what you are paying for.

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Benefits of Popcorn Makers

Here are some reasons why you should consider using popcorn makers:

  • Easy to Use

Using popcorn makers are really easy. You just have to put popcorn kernels and some oil in the machine, turn it on and wait for the popcorn to pop. Even if you have never used one before, you can look through the instruction manuals and can quickly figure it out.

  • Saves Money

Store-bought popcorn might seem cheaper, but you will have to compromise on the quantity. This means the costs will add up over time. Popcorn makers, on the other hand, are budget-friendly. You can buy popcorn kernels in bulk and make as much popcorn as you need.

  • Healthier Snacking

When you make popcorn using popcorn makers, you have control over the amount of oil and seasoning you use. This means you can make popcorn that’s lower in calories and even use healthier oils.

  • Customizable flavours

A popcorn maker allows you to experiment with seasoning and oils. You can come up with some exciting flavours that may not even be available in shops.

  • Environmentally Friendly

By using a popcorn maker, you reduce the waste generated by pre-packaged popcorn bags.

How to Make Popcorn With a Popcorn Maker?

Making popcorn in a popcorn maker is a breeze. There might be a few differences in the method based on the popcorn maker model. However, the basic method is the same.

You need the following ingredients to make popcorn:

  • Popcorn kernels
  • Oil or butter (optional)
  • Seasonings (salt, cheese powder, caramel, etc.)

Prepare the popcorn maker

Make sure that your popcorn makers are clean and ready to use. Also, before you start go through the instruction manual carefully to set up your machine if you are using it for the first time. It also gives you an idea of the dos and don’ts.

Add Kernels

Measure the appropriate amount of popcorn kernels for your popcorn makers. A general rule of thumb is to use 1/4 cup of kernels for a standard batch, but go through the instruction manual for your specific machine. Now add them to your popcorn makers.

Add Oil or Butter

This is an optional step. If you need a healthy version of popcorn, you can skip this part. However, if you prefer buttery or oily popcorn, you can add a small amount of oil or butter at this stage. Most popcorn makers have a slot at the top to add butter. The butter melts as the popcorn cooks and the popcorn gets coated evenly.

Turn It on

Start your popcorn makers as per the instructions in the manual. The heating process will vary depending on the type of popcorn maker you use. Wait for the kernels to pop and the popcorn to fill the chamber. You can place a bowl under the spout, if your popcorn maker has one, to collect the freshly made popcorn.

Switch it off

Once the popping slows down, turn off the popcorn maker. Open the lid and let the steam escape to prevent the popcorn from becoming soggy. Now you can carefully transfer the freshly made popcorn into a bowl.

Add seasoning

You can now add the seasoning. Simply sprinkle your desired seasonings over the popped popcorn, toss it gently to coat the seasoning evenly and enjoy.

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Where to Buy Popcorn Makers?

Before you buy popcorn makers, decide on the budget, do enough research and go through customer reviews. Also, go through the warranty options.  This will help you ensure that you are choosing the right model that suits your requirements.

You can find popcorn makers both in physical stores and online. You can easily find them in department stores or kitchen appliance stores. In the case of online stores, you can find popcorn makers on ecommerce sites, like Amazon and eBay or brand websites.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Buy a Popcorn Maker?

The price of popcorn makers can also be influenced by brand reputation, type and added features, so be sure to research and read reviews to find the best value for your budget. In India, a popcorn maker can cost between ₹5000 and ₹6,50,000.

What are the Popular Brands of Popcorn Makers?

Here are some of the popular brands of popcorn makers:

  • Presto
  • HOTPOP
  • West Bend
  • Wabash
  • Paragon
  • Chef’n
  • Franklin’s
  • Dash

Making popcorn in popcorn makers is a fun and rewarding way to enjoy this classic snack. With the variety of popcorn maker types available, you can choose the one that best suits your preferences and needs. Whether you opt for a healthy hot air popper, a stovetop popcorn maker for more control or a commercial popcorn maker for movie nights, you will be able to enjoy delicious, freshly popped popcorn at your convenience.

They help elevate your events while saving you money and reducing waste.

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