CaseyPop USAspun Stovetop Popcorn Popper (Red)
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- All materials sourced in USA and assembled in Holland, MI
- Sturdy hardwood handle for easy handling and pouring
- Wide opening for easy pouring of popcorn while popping
- Sturdy, heavy-duty design for the serious popcorn enthusiast
- Pop more than one bowl of popcorn at one time
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The popular CaseyPop stovetop popcorn popper is designed for the perfect pop.
The shape of the bowl is designed to avoid burning the popped corn
The wide lid ensures that pouring out popcorn during the pop is easy
The sturdy hardwood handle gives solid control during the pop and helps with pouring out popped corn midway through
The sturdy anodized aluminum bowl to avoids hot spots and is easy to clean.
The 5-quart bowl is only part of the pop. It is easy to pop up 7 to 8 quarts of popcorn with one set up. Once you are done the hard anodized aluminum makes it easy cleaning. But most importantly, the aluminum bowl will avoid hot spots and burned kernels. The small diameter base and curved sides keep the heat localized and provide for the expansion of the popped corn up into the bowl.
The large lid, covers ¾ of the top of the bowl. As the popcorn fills the bowl it can push the lid up and flow out easily into the serving bowl. Anybody that has experienced the popped corn jamming itself under the lid of one of those other poppers will appreciate this feature. The popped corn never jams in the bowl! Further, the wide opening allows the lid to be permanently attached to the bowl, making for confident use (the top will never unexpectedly come off) and easy cleaning and storage.
The stirrer and knob is offset to move the hand away from the center of the bowl to avoid getting your hand too hot. There are no annoying gears to strip or jam while popping.
The handle is also permanently attached and will never come loose. Further, the handle, made from native American hard maple, is positioned to be near the center of gravity, making for effortless pouring of the finished product.
Fully sourced in the USA and assembled in Holland Michigan. See us at www.casey-pop.com for more details and cooking tips.
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The Casey company has been 'trying' to make a good product.
The Less Good
The issues reviewed in August 2015 by 'Joanna' about a previous version are the same or worse with the one I received.
Joanna's Review August 2015:
"The finish was severely lacking. The entire pot looks like it's just raw aluminum, which is a huge worry since aluminum is not good for the body. The description says it's anodized aluminum, but I've never seen cookware that seemed so unfinished before. And the plain, unfinished wooden parts should be sealed with clear varnish."
Gary Casey's Reply:
"We have taken your criticism seriously and now have a new, American, bowl supplier. The quality is like night and day. It is a lot more expensive for use, but I think the higher quality is worth it. If you try it again I'm sure you will like it. We have also reduced the clearance around the lid, preventing any oil spatter from getting out."
My Comments, January 8, 2016:
I received mine today and I am not impressed with the finish. I have a similar criticism as Joanna did back in August. The finish looks like a mix of regular and cheap anodized aluminum. It came blemished on the outside, scratched and pitted on the inside. The stirring mechanism looks like the adjustable metal for bucket/pail handles, 'bailing wire'.
UPDATE 1 - 1/8/2016:
I'm sending it back. After washing it off, it is more obvious how blemished and uneven the finish is. One end of the 'bailing wire' hinge on top is a little sharp. The aluminum inside of the pot is 'pitted' and scratched and I can only assume it is from the 'bailing wire' stirrer which is not in a 'fixed' position, but slides up and down inside. I don’t believe it’s safe. ‘At this time’, when you look carefully, the manufacturer’s pictures are not dissimilar to my pictures, and what I received. It may very well make good popcorn like many suggest, but It didn't make it to the 'try' stage with me. When I do 'pop', I would prefer to do it with a safer popcorn maker.
CaseyPop replied to Joanna back in August that they have a new American bowl supplier. I would think the description would have change from, "all materials sourced in USA and assembled in Holland, MI", to "Made in the USA". Apparently, the bowl still isn't? Information 'at this time' on the CaseyPop website is very outdated and inconsistent with the information on Amazon. Perhaps this will prompt the company to maintain and update their website. For me, it shows a strong lack of consideration for a product someone else described as, a popper that "will revolutionize stove-top corn popping".
UPDATE 2 - 1/11/2016:
I've learned a lot about stove-top popcorn makers during the past few days. IMHO, there is nothing revolutionary about a popcorn maker that appears crudely made, may be unsafe, and ... makes popcorn. This model 'attempts' some of the features of a recognized leader of stove-top popcorn makers, Victorio VKP1160 a 'relative' to the Lindy's original. I mention it because of what they seem to have in common, and what they don’t. Both the CaseyPop and the Victorio have a single shaft to turn the stirrer, and that's where the similarity ends. The Victorio is stainless steel with an aluminum clad bottom for even and faster heating and to prevent burning of the kernels. Probably made in China too, it looks like it is made with obvious care and style, and is around the same price as CaseyPop. The reviews about some of the other stainless steel ones on Amazon, with gears that broke and plastic pieces giving out brought me to the CaseyPop with the single shaft. I missed finding the Victorio during my first round of looking for a popper, and while I didn't really want aluminum, like some of the 21 other reviewers here, I came to the conclusion that this one would 'have to do’, and I bought it. After receiving the CaseyPop in the condition I described, I started looking again and found the Victorio and one other. I have always said that the best products are the 100% 5 star ones, and both of the others are. I hope this helps you to make a fair decision and find the right popcorn popper.
I deducted a star for one feature I don't like. The rod/crank/stirrer assembly slides freely in and out of the hole in the lid. It won't completely come out, but it slides a LOT. When you tip the popper to empty it, the sliding rod is problematic. Trying to manage that pesky rod, I've burned myself on the lid twice. I'm getting better at it, and the sliding rod does make the popper easier to clean, but it's an irritating factor in an otherwise good design. Also, as another reviewer has said, it might be better if the wood pieces were protected with some sort of finish.
Aside from that, I'm satisfied. This is a very nice little popper, and it does the job very well.
This popper was reminiscent of the one my dad used back in the 70's. Very little effort and you get great corn with only the oil, butter or salt that you want. I found that coconut oil worked and tasted best for me. I use to add some spray butter as I put it in the bowl but now I just use a little more oil when I pop and it tastes fantastic.
What works best for me is about 1/4" of oil and 1/2 cup of quality corn and that just pushes the lid off. I put the corn in the oil and heat it up to just when it starts to lightly smoke, stirring occasionally, more as the heat builds.
The popper still looks like new after probably about 250-300 bowls. If it ever breaks I'll buy the exact same one.
I'll update this review in a few months after more usage but so far, this popper deserves me taking 3 minutes out of my day to give a 5 star review!