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West Bend 82386 Kettle Krazy Popcorn Popper and Nut Roaster
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- Electric 6-quart (24-cup) popcorn popper and 3-cup nut roaster
- Motorized stir rod keeps kernels or nuts in constant motion
- Simple control knob; see-through lid doubles as a popcorn bowl
- Stay-cool handles; nonstick heating plate
- Measures approximately 12 by 15 by 9-1/2 inches
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Top Customer Reviews
There are several like this, with a motorized stirring rod and a cooking surface, but either they get poor reviews for reliability (Cuisinart), or were too expensive, difficult to maintain, scratched the Teflon cooking surface, etc.
This model is very similar to the West Bend Stir Crazy, but has two heat settings (nuts or popcorn) and - most importantly - a much thicker stirring rod. With the more basic Stir Crazy, the rod is thin and easily flexed (think coat-hanger) and diverted by the weight of the popcorn itself, causing it to be pressed into the Teflon surface while rotating, thus scratching the Teflon. This model has a MUCH thicker stirring rod (I took a few pictures and added them above to demonstrate) that never makes contact with the surface.
The popper pretty much performs like it's supposed to. I was curious to see if the lid stayed in place while popping a full batch, because is simply sits on top and is only held in place by the weight of the cover. It does in deed stay put.
It doesn't seem to matter what brand of popping corn you use. Name brand or generic seem to perform the same - very well. I have never used the butter well, because I don't like how you wind up with a few soggy bits of corn rather than all of it having a consistent flavor and texture. I've experimented some and found that simply adding several pats of butter to the oil and corn does a great job of giving you a nice mild butter flavor. I thought maybe the butter would burn, but that did not happen.Read more ›
First batch I did...was a 4 Quart, and did the butter in the tower thing, and followed the instructions to a "T".
Flipped the batch over after unplugging the machine, and in doing so, Half the batch spilled when I was startled from my thumbs being burned (not seriously) as I started to flip. No Big Deal, and I was able to quickly salvage the popped corn that didn't fall on the floor. Ha Ha Ha
My husband cooled and cleaned the machine and did a batch by using 2 of the microwave buttered pop C. Just broke it up a bit after cutting open the bag..and I'm saying to myself,"Why not just micro pop it?" Well there is a good answer.
Everytime we Microwave pop, IT "BURNS". Hubby will not eat it.
NOW! With the WB Krazy Popper....the Popcorn came out beautifully popped, and white, and not a bit burned.
Also...on all the popping, there were only few unpopped kernels. Great in my books.
As for the Lid sliding off, and the little thumb burn from the handle where the screw mount is installed.....Dear Hubby just picked up two of those Binder Clips from the office supply....The big super ones, I guess 2" (inch) size, and now I just clip one on each handle to clip the Bowl and keep it in place so it doesn't fall off when inverting the machine and the corn. Also By not having to worry about the bowl slipping while inverting, I have better control over getting burned.
I know I should use common sense while working with hot items and such, but a little extra engineering from the manufacturer on the handle design would help a lot.Read more ›
The time required for popping, and the instructions for the amounts of popcorn & oil to use are very accurate. The unit is easy to clean & maintain.
So I'd like to add mine. I would recommend this one definitely.
It is easy to use, easy to clean, and pops most of the corn even without using so-called `premium' brands. And no burnt kernels! No burnt anything. If there is any negative at all, I am just a bit worried about the clear plastic bowl/lid. I would have liked to have a thicker one. But so far so good. The rest of the popper is quite ruggedly made. Nice heavy base, and well constructed stirrer.
One thing I also like is that I can add what `flavors' I like right to the oil. Something I did not like about the much harder to use hot air poppers.
April 07, 2012
Two years later and still working very well. I still recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loves this for nuts more than popcorn. Wish there was a timer on it. It is fairly easy to use.Published 12 days ago by Smilingwoman
Does a great job of popping popcorn but watch out....don't stand too close or it will splatter you with hot oil. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gigs
I had one of these growing up and had to buy one again.
Love making popcorn this way! Fun for the kids too.
I ordered mine on 12/13/12. As of today (12/14/15) I probably used it no more then a dozen times. The knob the screws in the part the keeps the stirrer going broke. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa M. Falk
I bought this to roast coffee in. I had bought one for my brother for the same purpose over two years ago, and it had worked well for him. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca D.
COFFEE ROASTERS BE AWARE: I am using it in combination with a turbo roaster for coffee beans. Just a heads-up - contrary to information in one of the question/answers, the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by HHelixx
Nice machine for roasting peanuts and pecans. Does very well with popcorn, too.Published 4 months ago by Paul Tessmer
This is my second of these poppers. We use it a lot and love the texture and taste of the popcorn that results from it's use. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Pearce
Works very well. A bit bulky for storage, but the popcorn is delicious.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer