Flavor the fat, Free Milk Street recipes delivered to your inbox each Monday. Unlike with an air popper or microwave, you have to use oil if you’re making popcorn in a pot. Advice, staff picks, mythbusting, and more. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. It makes for extra-tender pastry baking. Most bowls are large enough to make only about 9 cups of popped popcorn at a time (using about ⅓ cup of kernels), in contrast to the roughly 18 cups that an air popper can produce (using about a ½ cup of kernels). Salt and butter? Flavors. Incredible. Boom! With the milkfats removed, you can now cook with it without worrying about burning it.

We're here to help! (She also points out that the permanently attached lid makes that shaking somewhat less accident-prone than when you’re using a typical stockpot.). Once the foam is gone, you’ll be left with pure yellow, clarified butter.

Get rid of the milkfat and you’ll have butter flavor in pure oil form. In less than five minutes, you’ll have a batch of buttery butter-popped butteriness without a single bit of soggy. Plus, when the kernels start out cooking in oil, they’re more evenly coated than when you add oil or butter to the popcorn afterward (which requires lots of shaking and mixing to evenly distribute). The term also refers to the flavorful fat that results from the infusion.

You can unsubscribe from receiving our emails at any time. One taster even called it “cardboard.” Choosing this popcorn for date night could indicate you are no fan of risk taking. My favorite way to do so is with a dedicated microwavable bowl, like the W + P Collapsible Popcorn Bowl. Blech.

We suppose there is something to be said for classic popcorn. Learn more. With a large spoon, start skimming the foam off of the butter and discarding it. You have a couple of DIY options for the microwave, too, but I wouldn’t recommend them.

In something like a cupcake recipe, that moisture is fabulous. After trying out 24 aprons with the help of friends and colleagues, we found nine we love for a wide range of body types. Taste and season with additional salt.
Pros: virtually no unpopped kernels or burnt popcorn, requires no babysitting, faster than stovetop methods, little to no cleanupCons: a single-use appliance that takes up extra space, less crunchy kernels, in some cases must unplug the appliance from the wall to stop the process, Dozens of air popper models are available, but most look and work basically the same as the trusty Presto PopLite that I’ve used for years: Hot air pops the kernels, and a fan blows the popcorn out of the machine and into your bowl. Your email address is required to identify your giveaway entry as well as communications from Milk Street.

Even then, sometimes a few popcorn pieces may burn. But you can also use your microwave to pop your own kernels and still be the captain of your own flavor ship.

Finally, the tasters were getting closer to the kind of popcorn they craved! With an air popper, the popped kernels find their way into your bowl without any effort on your part, unlike stovetop methods, which require you to constantly shake or stir the kernels, or microwave methods, which produce the best results when you actively listen for the popping to stop. Sometimes it helps to tip your pot forward ever-so-slighty. Not only will you have drench-free drizzle, you’ll also have no-burn butter to pop your corn with and super-infuse it with flavor. A long-handled saucepan is fine for small quantities of popcorn (wait, who wants a small quantity of popcorn? If you’re using a short-handled pot, you may find it easier and safer to wear oven mitts. My popcorn took nearly 10 minutes to pop when I tried this method with ceramic bowls, and many kernels were either still unpopped or burnt. The type of pot you select can make the job easier. Drizzle that clarified butter into a large pot then add a half-cup of unpopped popcorn. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Occasionally one errant kernel will escape the fan, and you’ll just need to take it out before you return your popper to the shelf. In other words, make yourself some clarified butter. Shaking pots with long handles is easier, but few very large pots have long handles as well. When it came to the butter taste, we all agreed this one tasted a lot like movie theater popcorn (a gold standard for some).

She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next! They’re not huge—roughly the size of a standard drip coffee maker—but an air popper is yet another single-use appliance that you’ll have to store. You may want to consider choosing this for you date night because not only does it taste great, it makes your at least appear to be “health conscious.”, Serving Size: 3 tablespoons (unpopped)Calories: 120Total Fat: 4.5 gramsSodium: 290 milligrams.

This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Plus free Milk Street recipes delivered to your inbox each Monday and access to every TV recipe. Because I eat popcorn nearly constantly, I think my Presto PopLite earns its precious cabinet real estate, but in smaller kitchens or for less voracious popcorn appetites, it may be less worthy of such space. The other is to use a two-bowl method, in which you top one bowl with an inverted second bowl—this one I don’t recommend because most microwave-safe bowls are either glass or ceramic, both of which are hard for a microwave to penetrate. With a soft texture and an over-compensating amount of butter flavor, this popcorn ended up in the middle of our favorites.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock. Pepper and olive oil? Despite the fact that several tasters thought that this microwave popcorn had some of the best texture with a good “crunch” factor, many of them thought that the flavor was just slightly off. And senior staff writer Lauren Dragan is a vegan, so instead of butter on her popcorn, she “lives for the nooch” (nutritional yeast). Serving Size: 2 tablespoons (unpopped)Calories: 160Total Fat: 9 gramsSodium: 250 milligrams.