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post #1981 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Well the FedEx man showed up yesterday with a good sized box marked "Fragile" (must have come all the way from France) to brighten my day.



Obviously FedEx did not take the fragile too seriously, but the internal packing protected the popper just fine.

After just about 20-30 mins of assembly I had me a purdy little popcorn machine ready to go.



I have already made a couple of batches of popcorn using a couple of different mixtures and I have a couple more to try. Good stuff so far.

J_P_A,

I have heard that somewhere before. The last 10% takes 90% of the time. Very true sir, very true.

Oh earlier there was a discussion on the popcorn smell and whether or not a vent would be needed. I'm not finding that the smell lingers too awful long, and no regrets on not putting a vent in.

Regards,

RTROSE

What a great choice there RT. Looks sort of old-fashioned to me which of course is what popcorn is all about. If I ever go down that "popcorn" road and put a popper in my basement, I'll be sure to consult you FIRST. Lord knows you've done the research... biggrin.gif

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post #1982 of 2094
I too am curious about cleanup. I'm a fan of popcorn but not so much that I would spend 30 minutes cleaning up each time.
post #1983 of 2094
I have what looks like a VERY simialr machine (the one from Costco) and it doesn't take me more than 5 minutes to clean it. The bowl lifts out and mine is stainless steel, so a quick rinse and wash with dish soap and a little scouring with a steel wool pad to remove the burn marks and it's as good as new. Empty out he remaing popcorm, empty the "granny" drawer and a wipe down of the inside and it's ready to go.
post #1984 of 2094
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Originally Posted by carboranadum View Post

If you have a Costco membership, get the 8oz unit with cart from Costco. It's about $225 or so, if memory serves. I've had mine for 3 years and it's been a champ!

Here's a link: http://www.costco.com/Maxi-Matic%C2%AE-8-oz-Deluxe-Popcorn-Trolley.product.100015756.html



They will even ship it to your house!

When you get ready for popcorn recipes, let me know. I've been through most types of popcorn and have a favorite... wink.gif

CJ

I have been using the same one for about 3 years as well.

I hate to thread jack, but I have a couple of questions about your recipe:

CJ's Favorite Popcorn

1 1/2 cup Coconut oil
1 1/4 cup popcorn
1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon Flavacol

In the popcorn packs I buy, it seems like there is more popcorn kernels than the oil/flavor, but in your recipe you have more oil than popcorn. So, my question is, are those amounts correct or did you mistype them?

I just ordered the coconut oil you use (I already have the Flavacol), but I ordered the Eden Organic Yellow kernels due to the very high rating they have on Amazon. Have you tried the Eden organic kernels by any chance?

RTRose, sorry for the thread-jack; however, for me to get this far, it's obvious I enjoyed reading about your HT. wink.gif
post #1985 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Hey Peter,

Thread jack away. It is the side journeys that often are the most entertaining things on my thread. Glad you enjoyed your read of my HT build. Always nice to have another fan along for the ride.

On your question to CJ, I believe without a doubt he just mistyped the measurement of the oil. I believe it is 1 1/2 TABLESPOONS of oil not cups. We are trying to POP the corn not deep fry it. LOL. biggrin.gif

On the cleaning front, I can't complain as I have only popped three batches so far, so a quick wipe down is all I have done.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1986 of 2094
Very nice RT!! I am also glad to hear yours and GWCR's opinions that a dedicated exhaust vent isn't needed. When I first heard others say you should think about it my mind immediately started to go into motion on just how the heck I was going to pull that off in my own basement and theater.

When do you expect your sub to be back in action?
post #1987 of 2094
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Originally Posted by TMcG View Post

Very nice RT!! I am also glad to hear yours and GWCR's opinions that a dedicated exhaust vent isn't needed. When I first heard others say you should think about it my mind immediately started to go into motion on just how the heck I was going to pull that off in my own basement and theater......

+1

There's only one place in my basement that this would even be possible without some major surgery, so I was starting to worry a bit myself.
post #1988 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

As to the question when do I expect my sub to be back online? Hmmmmm......well I know that Brian at Rythmik received my amp and confirmed he was going be be examining the amp to see if there was a defect that caused the driver to fry or any damage done to that amp from something else. He did not give me a time frame on when he would complete his assessment so the short answer is I don't know. He received the amp on Thursday so I will give him a few days before I send him a request for an update. I'm hoping he might be able to provide a little insight to what caused the issue. I do know that I'm missing my Rythmik pretty badly. My little Klipsch just does not have umph to do the job.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1989 of 2094
I ruined the kettle in mine the first go round in about a years time. With the new kettle, I have never put the flav o cal in the kettle like I used to. It works much smoother and has been going strong for 7 years since. So, only put oil and kernels in the kettle. Also makes cleanup tons easier.

Good looking popper! You'll enjoy it!
post #1990 of 2094
I worked at theaters for years and made a bahzillion bushels of corn. Flavacol is just fine grain salt with artificial flavor and dyes. I'd recommend using your favorite oil (Olive, coconut, peanut, etc) and kernels and then just use some popcorn & nut salt (fine grains so it coats more evenly) after its out of the kettle, this will reduce wear and tear on the unit. Or if you like some real melted butter drizzled on first then salted; or Old Bay seasoning or whatever your favorite flavor is.
post #1991 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I have been experimenting with different amount of corn, oil, salt and when to add the salt with the corn or after popping and I am finding out that the kettle is much easier to clean without the salt in the kettle during popping. I can say that during the week or so that I have had my popper I have eaten more popcorn than I have the last few months combined. It really is tasty stuff. I do like the Flavacol sp? but it is powerful stuff, a little dab will do ya. With the Flavacol and the coconut oil, I do have a result that comes incredibly close to that "movie theater popcorn" taste. Now if I could just find a butter dispenser that was not a couple hundred bucks.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1992 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

........Now if I could just find a butter dispenser that was not a couple hundred bucks.
......

Might I suggest?

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post #1993 of 2094
Thread Starter 
^^^^HAHAHA! Silly boy every one know that's for mustard!

I have actually been leaning towards something "low tech" like that. Some type of jug/pump setup that was convenient and inexpensive. That is an option to consider though.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #1994 of 2094
Well, that would explain those cholesterol numbers, I suppose smile.gif
post #1995 of 2094
RT - try a baby bottle warmer. Mine wokrs great. I think Ken at Stargate Cinema has butter wamers that are the same thing but don't look quite so baby-ish. Also he had (don't know if he still does) a home version of a pump that, although little pricey, is waaaay less then the ones one seen at the theater. Check out Stargate Cinema.
post #1996 of 2094
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Originally Posted by vanice View Post

I too am curious about cleanup. I'm a fan of popcorn but not so much that I would spend 30 minutes cleaning up each time.

I guess you could clean it up every time. We usually make 3 batches on Friday, before the first movie. We make another batch on Sunday when we watch a movie. We mix the new popcorn into the old and it all tastes good. After a few weeks, we then clean it thoroughly.
post #1997 of 2094
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Originally Posted by PeterB123 View Post

I have been using the same one for about 3 years as well.

I hate to thread jack, but I have a couple of questions about your recipe:

CJ's Favorite Popcorn

1 1/2 cup Coconut oil
1 1/4 cup popcorn
1/2 - 3/4 tablespoon Flavacol

In the popcorn packs I buy, it seems like there is more popcorn kernels than the oil/flavor, but in your recipe you have more oil than popcorn. So, my question is, are those amounts correct or did you mistype them?

I just ordered the coconut oil you use (I already have the Flavacol), but I ordered the Eden Organic Yellow kernels due to the very high rating they have on Amazon. Have you tried the Eden organic kernels by any chance?

RTRose, sorry for the thread-jack; however, for me to get this far, it's obvious I enjoyed reading about your HT. wink.gif

It should only be about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil. I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote "cup"!

Sorry for the mistake! redface.gif
post #1998 of 2094
Hey rt Htmarket has a butter warmer & pump....take a look
post #1999 of 2094
Thread Starter 
What the HT markets are selling is what I am really wanting. I am just not thrilled with spending 150-300 bucks on something like a butter warmer/dispenser. There are things I don't mind spending money on, and there are things that I do (just like all of us).

So here is my low tech (ie read as low cost) answer to my 200 dollar question.

For five bucks and change this is my trial buttery flavored topping dispenser AND buttery flavored topping (Hey J_P_A notice it's NOT yellow? Yellow is for mustard remember? tongue.gif ).



If it works, I might be persuaded to buy a baby bottle warmer over my planned hot cup of water plan. (Told you long ago I spent all my money on cheap women and expensive booze er a I mean HT speakers and equipment). biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
post #2000 of 2094
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

What the HT markets are selling is what I am really wanting. I am just not thrilled with spending 150-300 bucks on something like a butter warmer/dispenser. There are things I don't mind spending money on, and there are things that I do (just like all of us).

So here is my low tech (ie read as low cost) answer to my 200 dollar question.

For five bucks and change this is my trial buttery flavored topping dispenser AND buttery flavored topping (Hey J_P_A notice it's NOT yellow? Yellow is for mustard remember? tongue.gif ).



If it works, I might be persuaded to buy a baby bottle warmer over my planned hot cup of water plan. (Told you long ago I spent all my money on cheap women and expensive booze er a I mean HT speakers and equipment). biggrin.gif

Regards,

RTROSE

Get those at Target? We bought the same stuff yesterday wan it works great.
post #2001 of 2094
Damn - I should not be reading about RTs popcorn at 9pm - I'm getting hungry!
post #2002 of 2094
Well, Mr. RT, we'll have a pretty good idea of just how much popcorn you actually eat by how long it takes that nice white bottle to turn...... wait for it..... yellow from all the butter smile.gif
post #2003 of 2094
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SupaKats View Post

Get those at Target? We bought the same stuff yesterday wan it works great.

I did pick these up at Target. My wife's secret Santa at work gave her a movie pack with the topping in it so I know I like the flavor and have used it on our popcorn so far I was just out. The squeeze bottle should be a much handier way of getting it onto the popcorn.
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Originally Posted by cuzed2 View Post

Damn - I should not be reading about RTs popcorn at 9pm - I'm getting hungry!

IKR, I'm hungry too. Might be time to go eat those left over ribs from Texas Roadhouse. Yeah, I think I'll do just that.
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

Well, Mr. RT, we'll have a pretty good idea of just how much popcorn you actually eat by how long it takes that nice white bottle to turn...... wait for it..... yellow from all the butter smile.gif

Well I'm sure that the yellow color will transfer to the clear bottle pretty quickly, so I'm sure the bottle will be yellow before I know it.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #2004 of 2094
Thread Starter 
Popcorn update.

Well I have made numerous batches now several different ways. The one thing that I have discovered, as you may have as well if you deal with coconut oil is that it melts very easily, but it is pretty solid at typical basement temperatures. I was having a hard time scooping out the oil from the retail pack so I melted it an put it into a wide mouth container. Still though I was having issues with measuring the coconut oil in a typical measuring spoon and being somewhat accurate or consistent with how much I was using. As I was trying to figure out what to do an idea came to me. I again melted the coconut oil and measured out the coconut oil into muffin pans. After a few minutes in the fridge I ended up with these.



Now when I go to make a batch of popcorn I just pop one of these in the kettle no muss no fuss, easy peasy lemon squeezie.

Just thought I would share in my one fleeting moment of brilliance.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #2005 of 2094
simply brilliant!
post #2006 of 2094
Wow, there are entire episodes of cooking shows devoted to ideas like that! Great idea, and thanks for sharing.
post #2007 of 2094
Great idea.
post #2008 of 2094
RT,
You are the man !
And that shape is probably cholesterol/fat-free
post #2009 of 2094
That's a good idea, but you can up your game, playa, with some sweet Han Solo carbonite mold shapes....biggrin.gif

post #2010 of 2094
ZOMGBBQ! I gotta have that! Do you know what kind of nerd cred you would get for breaking those out?
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