Microwave popcorn does not compare to the old-fashioned kettle-popped variety made on the stove. It is not nearly as crisp or as flavorful no matter the toppings or seasonings. This was the only variety available before the invention of hot-air poppers and commercial poppers like those in movie theaters. With a gas stovetop this old-fashioned can still be enjoyed. Not only does it taste better and have a crispier texture, it also saves a considerable amount of money. Follow these directions for old-fashioned popcorn on the stove, and try a cheaper and tastier alternative to microwave popping corn.
To make old-fashioned popcorn on the stove you will need a aluminum kettle with a lid and a handle, popping corn and oil or shortening. All it takes is enough melted oil to cover the bottom of the kettle. Also necessary is a stovetop with a flame and a big bowl for serving this crisp and tasty snack.
Begin by melting shortening in the kettle or heating the oil over a medium to low flame. Once it is completely melted, add one or two kernels of corn. Put the lid in place. When the test kernels pop, the oil or shortening is hot enough to make good old-fashioned popcorn on the stove.
Immediately add enough popping corn to just about cover the bottom of the kettle, and put the lid firmly in place. Do not just let the pan sit. The oil will burn. With the lid in place, shake the pan forwards, backwards and side to side. The popcorn will begin popping as the oil continues to heat, and it will pop with enough force to push the lid off the pan if it is not held firmly in place.
When the popping significantly slows, turn off the flame and pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Top it with salt and melted butter, or one of the following tasty homemade toppings for old-fashioned popcorn.
Tasty Topping Ideas
Countless seasonings can be used to add flavor to old-fashioned popcorn made on the stove. After enjoying this popular snack made on the stove either with or without flavorful homemade toppings, nothing else will compare.