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Grab your pliers and put on your rapid motion arm!
on May 8, 2013
I have been having a lot of fun with this popcorn popper! I first had to learn the proper way of using it, however!
Make sure the lid is very secure before you begin popping your corn. This is where I found pliers to be necessary. The top pops off sometimes! I suppose my shaking method wasn't perfect at first, but I also believe the metal clips are not very strong.
When working the popper over fire, try to be FAST! Also be smooth with your motions. You'll be SLIDING the popper! SLIDE it over and over, non-stop, even if you don't yet hear popping. Move in the direction of the handle: back and forth, back and forth! If you shake left to right and right to left you're going to make a big funny mess! Even funnier if you bounce it up and down!
Make sure to use enough oil. It's probably going to be more than you think you need. I started with just 2 tablespoons of oil, and burned the heck out of those kernels! That left a bumpy surface for the next batches! Just put enough in the first time and you'll be golden. Coat the bottom of the popper with canola or sunflower, or even a blend marketed for popcorn. You probably need about 1/4 cup. Don't go overboard, either, of course.
Once you start popping have containers ready to collect it! If you're doing it right, popcorn shoold start to overflow the popper when you've popped 2/3 to 3/4 of the kernels. It'll be lots of fun and you'll make a tasty nutritious snack!
One more thing: the manufactures give a description of the size of the fire you need to make proper popcorn with their popper. I'm pretty sure the directions are meant to be a joke because they call for a firepit something like 3ft wide and suggest flames 4ft high! Lol!