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West Bend 82306 Stir Crazy 6-Quart Electric Popcorn Popper
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- Popcorn popper with motorized stirring rod to ensure all kernels pop
- Produces up to 6 quarts in about 5 minutes; built-in butter well
- Nonstick-coated popping surface
- Heat-resistant handles and base; plastic cover doubles as serving bowl
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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|Item Dimensions||14.2 x 11.75 x 9.5 in||10 x 11.6 x 7 in||10 x 11 x 10.5 in||8 x 13 x 13 in||14.72 x 12.76 x 8.03 in||15 x 12 x 9.5 in|
|Material Type||aluminum||Plastic||Stainless Steel||Not Applicable||Plastic||aluminum|
This 1000-watt popcorn maker makes 6 quarts of popcorn the fast and easy way.
West Bend has improved on the classic corn popper design by adding a motorized stirring rod which ensures that every single kernel pops, every time. In about five minutes, the Stir Crazy Popper produces up to 6 quarts of perfectly popped corn, using one tablespoon of oil per 1/4 cup corn. You can clean it with just a quick swipe of the sponge. For added flavor, place a bit of butter in the butter well to melt over the corn as it pops. The plastic cover doubles as a serving bowl, so when the cycle is done, just flip it over to enjoy popcorn that's guaranteed to be good to the last pop.
Note: Please unplug the machine and flip it over when it’s done popping the popcorn
Top Customer Reviews
I like that this model has an on off switch where the other turned on when you plugged it in and you had to unplug it to turn it off, which in my small area, meant reaching across the hot surface. Now I can turn the popper off and wait for it to cool before unplugging it. That depends on where you plug it in however since the cord is relatively short and you still have to invert the unit to transfer the popped corn to the bowl so you have to have enough flexibility in the cord to do that.
This popper certainly looks smaller than the other one, but also holds six quarts and pops it all thoroughly and efficiently with almost no unpopped kernals. Because the popping 'well' is recessed (the other popper had a flat surface), it's easier for me to judge how much oil and corn to put in without measuring, another convenient feature.
When my old Stir Crazy popper gave out after many years, I wanted to save counter space and bought a stove top model popper. It took me one use to decide that I really didn't want to stand at the stove turning a crank for several minutes and that unit was hard to clean. You can wipe out this one very easily and if you don't use butter, either in the popping or the drip well above, that simple wipe-out cleaning is all you need time after time, year after year.
I was willing to give up the counter space again just to get the automatic pop and was extra delighted to find this newer model takes up much less space. I highly recommend this unit.
This unit heats up quickly and finishes popping in about 4 minutes.
If this is your first time popping with oil and you want real movie theater tasting popcorn, please read the following.
Oil, not any oil can be used, regular vegetable oil will leave a bad flavor.
Salt, not all salts are the same. Regular table salt is too thick and has a bitter flavor compared to the right popcorn salt.
This is what I use:
Coconut Popcorn Popping Oil - I enjoyed "At-The-Movies-popcorn" pure coconut oil. Both Flavor and Color made it perfect.
""Premier"Flavacol Salt" - It's perfect - see pic. there is a difference between Premier and one that does not say Premier.
As for popcorn, 1/2 cup of popcorn to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is all you need. I sometimes had salt to the oil once it's melted. Does all popcorn pop the same? Orvilles provides the largest kernel and you will fill the entire popper with just a 1/2 cup of orville. All others kernels will fill the popper to about 1/2 and 3/4 full. One more tip. Once the popper has slowed, don't be too greedy about popping ever last kernel in order to avoid overcooked popcorn. Simply turn off the unit and flip upside down and remove the cooker.
I've tried melting butter, but I feel the oil and salt offer all the flavor I need.
Well, I've been through three Stir Crazy poppers now. All three poppers have had the same two problems. 1: The plastic bowl starts to melt around the edges after a few uses. 2: The stirring rod scrapes the surface of the popper as it turns, which destroys the teflon coating. After a few months, there was a silver groove in the teflon of all three poppers. I even tried to readjust the stirring rod several times, hoping that would reduce the friction, but nothing helped.
I really hate to think of teflon being scraped into my popcorn. In any case, the non-stick coating is not necessary on a popcorn popper. The kernels do not stick to the surface while they are being stirred, so why add teflon? A stainless steel surface would be a much healthier option.
So, as much as I loved the Stir Crazy popper, I will not be buying another unit. If the West Bend company improves the plastic bowl and replaces the teflon with stainless steel, I will be first in line!