Originally Posted by window2000bug
In the almost three years of marriage the most used item from our registry is by far the Stir Crazy popcorn maker. We ad the recommended veggie oil and amount of kernels then pop away. When it comes to adding toppings to it, the wife microwaves some butter then pours it around as well as other stuff. I noticed that the butter makes things soggy and doesn't spread it the flavor around as much. Is there an popcorn oil that we can use that will eliminate the need for butter?
Edit: It is actually a Waring Pro WPM10
I have the large Stir Crazy and have mastered the process. Here's what I do:
I use 6oz popcorn packs. There are many brands available, but I use the megapop brand. They include the coconut oil, flavacol/salt and popcorn. You most likely have the smaller capacity Stir Crazy and you may want to test the 4oz packs first, so you don't go over your capacity.
I drop the oil into the Stir Crazy and start it up.
Drop a couple kernels into the oil and wait for the heating element to come to temperature.
Once your test kernels pop, pour your popcorn into the oil.
TIP: leave the cover off until your first kernels begin to pop. This allows the steam that is being released from the kernels to dissipate and will give you a nice dry, crisp popcorn.
Wait for the kernels to slow to a one second interval and pull the plug on the popper. This will give the maximum pop without burning the corn.
Drop your batch into a bowl.
Recommend having popcorn salt in a shaker available for those that like adding a little more. Popcorn salt is much finer than table salt and can be found at your grocery store by the popcorn kernels.
As for topping you have a couple of choices:
Oil based butter topping, which you enjoy in most theaters these days can be purchased on line. I prefer O'dells. Or the old time theater experience of real butter.
NOTE: Melted stick butter makes your popcorn soggy because there is water in it.
What you need is clarified butter... the water is cooked off and removed, providing you the real butter flavor without the sogginess.. O'dells sells this or look in your grocery store for Ghee, an Indian version of clarified butter.
That will give you the real movie popcorn experience.