Want to know a secret? Popcorn is really easy to make. And I mean real popcorn, not that microwave, bagged, chemical-laden (but oh-so-delicious) stuff.
And it's so cheap! I haven't run the numbers but I'm going to make a highly uneducated guesstimation and say it's somewhere around $0.25 for a whole big bowl of freshly cooked popcorn. Maybe $0.30 if you put butter on it.
Here's what you'll need:
- bag of popcorn kernels
- vegetable oil
- salt (I use a sea salt grinder so that the pieces of salt are a little smaller than from a normal salt shaker)
- big pot + lid
Steps for deliciousness:
1. Pour vegetable oil into the sauce pan- use enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Put in 3 unpopped kernels and a generous amount of salt. Put a lid on the pot, and heat the pot on medium-high heat.
2. Wait (a few minutes) for the 3 kernels to pop. Once they've popped, this means the oil is hot enough.
3. Take pan off heat and pour in enough kernels to coat bottom of pan in one single layer. Swish the pot around for 30 seconds (off the heat) to ensure all kernels are heated up to the same temperature.
4. After 30 seconds of swishing, return pot to heat (still on medium-high) and cover with lid. Try to vent the lid a teeeeeny bit so that some of the steam can escape. But seriously, only vent it a tiny bit. Those little kernels can really fly!
5. Wait a few more minutes while kernels pop. Take off the heat once the popping slows/stops.
6. Pour delicious popcorn into a bowl. Taste (watch out, it's hot) to see if you need more salt.
7. (optional) If you like buttered popcorn, put ~2T of butter in the now-empty pan and put it back on the burner. If your stove is anything like mine, it retains heat pretty well and will probably melt the butter without even turning on the burner again. Pour the melted butter onto popcorn and enjoy!