I've done this before and it is really good. Lately, however, I have been adding butter in with the oil. It browns and adds a nutty and buttery flavor. Since it mixes with the oil it isn't as susceptible to burning as it is by itself but there is definitely still a risk of burnage. So, be extra sure to keep an eye on it! *Note that browning the butter does impart a different flavor than simply melting it.
Now this takes me back to being a little girl! Momma made popcorn like this before a good movie came on TV (the Wizard of Oz was my favorite!). My husband and I make this popcorn on our home "Movie night" too: it's become our tradition. The microwave could NEVER make popcorn this GOOD, and this is much cheaper too! I use canola oil with just a bit of butter for flavor, then just some salt. Thanks for sharing a classic. It's simple recipes like these we need to pass on to the next generation.
Yes this is the way to do it. I use coconut oil, (refined so no coconut flavor)and since this oil is so light, it give the popcorn no oily taste. Movie theaters use coconut oil exclusively and in recent years coconut oil has been redeemed as an actually healthy product. I also skip the lid, and use a splatter screen instead to let all of the steam escape, because a tight fitting lid will yield tougher popcorn, and it seemed that I always got some soggy pieces from my lid catching the steam.
Like another said, this is the only way I have ever made popcorn since I was a young girl. It's really important to let the steam escape. I only use Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. I keep the lid off until the first kernal pops.
LOVE THIS. This the only way we make popcorn at our house now. Smells like a movie theater, but not greasy. Light and fluffy but not as tough as air-popped. YUM-YUM
This is the only way to pop popcorn. When someone gives me a popcorn popper, I try it, but it soon gets donated. I've been using this method and recipe for over 50 years. The only thing I don't do is to stir the corn in the oil. I'll try that. Eating a bowl of popcorn before bedtime helps me to sleep. Thanks for posting this great recipe.
oh my gosh at the memories this brought back!! the slumber parties, the sleepovers......movie night around the gigantic console cabinet television......brings a smile to my face......hubbybee and i were just talking about this the other day and how we LOVED when our mommas would be dumping it into a bowl when finished and there was ALWAYS a kernel or two that popped and went flying across the kitchen LOL~ thanks again, bless those good ole days :)
It's been so long since I made stove top popcorn I thought I'd better check. I'd never used oil before - just popped it dry. There seemed to be a lot of oil for half a cup of kernels but I decided to follow instructions... Very glad I did - I currently have two very happy thirteen year-olds watching a film with an enourmous bowl of the most delicious popcorn! (I gave Granddad a small bowl too.) No butter, just a little salt. Thanks for this excellent recipe. x
I'm a popcorn junkie and didn't realize how easy it was to make it on the stovetop! This has forever changed my snacking habits, thanks for sharing!