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Old 04-24-2009, 02:23 PM
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OK folks, what gives??
When I was a kid, we would make popcorn the oldfasioned way and soak it in melted butter. I have tried several different types of popping kernals but as soon as I add melted butter, all I get is a disgusting buttery mess.
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Let the butter cool down a bit before pouring it on. I think it's the heat that causes the problem.
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Who pops kernels anymore? It takes way too long.
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Are you actually using butter or one of those fake butter/low cal margarine deals? They are mostly water unless you cook them long enough to reduce them to oils.

Even real butter will make it shrink a bit, just don't soak it in it and shake it up to spread it around.
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OK folks, what gives??
When I was a kid, we would make popcorn the oldfasioned way and soak it in melted butter. I have tried several different types of popping kernals but as soon as I add melted butter, all I get is a disgusting buttery mess.
I've never heard of this. So I have to ask. Do you soak the kernels in melted butter and then pop the kernels or do you pop the kernels and then soak the popcorn in melted butter?
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...So I have to ask. ...
When enough heats is absorbed by a dried corn kernel the trace water it contains, turns to steam and it expands the volume of the kernel (pop).

The old fashionned way was to put the kernels in a pan over a stove and shake it to keep the kernels from scorching. Or, in a fine wire basket over coals. Then folks learned to do this with hot air poppers and microwave ovens.

I'm guessing pop-corn is not a major home treat in the bonnie highlands?
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mmmmmmmmm Jiffy Pop.
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I don't care about the other folks in the boonie highlands, me, I'm additive to the stuff. Generally what one might pop for a family of four to watch a movie, well that would be my portion, bowl and all.
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Tried "I can't believe it's not butter" and it did not not dissolve popcorn.
Just add salt. atses great. Better than microwave.
Refuse to use the butter flavord oil. Man, that $hit is cancer in a bottle.
Thanks for the responses all
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