Is there a snack more fun than fresh-made popcorn? It’s warm and salty, buttery and airy. It’s not complicated or expensive, but feels more festive than, say, opening a bag of chips. While there are many ways to pop your own popcorn, I am fond of the Whirley-Pop method. I purchased our pan years ago and it’s still going strong. And because I can heat any corn I like in it, I feel especially good with organic kernels from our local whole food bulk bins.
Makes 24 cups
Recipe inspired by Whirley-Pop company instructions
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 Tbsp. olive, sunflower or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup butter (half a stick), melted
- 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
- Place butter in pan atop stove and heat so it will be melted by the time your popcorn is popped.
- Meanwhile, preheat electric stove burner to medium high or turn on gas burner. Add popcorn and oil to the Whirley-Pop pan.
- Once contents begin to heat up (you will hear occasional pops before things really get going) hold the wooden handle with one hand and turn the crank with the other.
- Continue stirring for about 3 minutes until the popping slows back down and/or the crank becomes difficult to turn.
- Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Pour the melted butter on top and then sprinkle on the salt. Stir everything well. Eat up!