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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Of course the most controversial debate of all on Fark is whether or not to pop your popcorn like a man with oil, or air like a sissy little girl   (suntimes.com) divider line 257
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2012-02-26 08:57:59 AM  
I use a HELLADS, personally.
 
2012-02-26 09:18:53 AM  
Guys love gadgets. That hot air popper is 100% entirely a gadget.

Subby, your presuppositions are invalid.
 
2012-02-26 09:28:42 AM  
Chicago Deep Dish sucks.
 
2012-02-26 09:36:27 AM  
Meh.
 
2012-02-26 09:44:08 AM  
I like popcorn with Old Bay seasoning on it.
 
2012-02-26 10:14:23 AM  
I like to burn it in the microwave in the break room at 9:30am then pretend I wasn't the one who did it.
 
2012-02-26 10:29:13 AM  
I use an air popper like a tiara-wearing pretty little princess that just happens to have copious chest hair, a voice deeper than Johnny Cash, and a sizable weenis.

Movie nights are really a complete genderfeck.
 
2012-02-26 10:36:32 AM  
Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.
 
2012-02-26 10:39:35 AM  
The last time I made popcorn, I used coconut oil because it has a high smoke point.
 
2012-02-26 10:40:20 AM  
Do it ghetto style: Paper bag in the microwave
 
2012-02-26 10:40:33 AM  

Ed Finnerty: I like to burn it in the microwave in the break room at 9:30am then pretend I wasn't the one who did it.


I hate you.

/Kidding.
//-ish.
 
2012-02-26 10:40:38 AM  
Butter. Lots and lots of butter.
 
2012-02-26 10:40:48 AM  
Bacon grease and Kosher salt.

/aware that I sound fat
//mooo....
 
2012-02-26 10:41:09 AM  
Where does that leave us Microwave corn poppers?
 
2012-02-26 10:41:17 AM  
Oil, on the stove top, in a designated popcorn pot kept in the drawer to be pulled out when the time is right. Don't forget the butter and salt.
 
2012-02-26 10:42:03 AM  
...a man cooking?

Get your ass back to the grill. That is your place, not in the kitchen.
 
2012-02-26 10:42:09 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.


I do the same except I use simple vegetable (soybean) oil so I can pop it really hot and not risk smoking out the olive oil and getting some nasty burnt, broken-down oil flavors.

Ever since I started crank popping with the crank-popper I got at Target I have felt significantly more manly, however.
 
2012-02-26 10:42:32 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.


Yep, this.
 
2012-02-26 10:44:00 AM  
Oil, deep cast-iron pan w/a top. Microwaves are for sissies.

And airpoppers are for making packing material. You can't eat that flavorless stuff.
 
2012-02-26 10:44:04 AM  
C4 Plastique if you're at Michael Bay's house.
 
zez
2012-02-26 10:45:52 AM  
When I was a kid we used to just use a pan on the stove but after my parents bought the stir-crazy I was hooked. When I went to college we couldn't use that so I bought an airpopper and have been using it ever since. (over 25 years so far and still going strong!)

mmm... non-greasy air popped popcorn with half a stick of greasy real butter.
 
2012-02-26 10:46:29 AM  
A splash of Tabasco was what my grandpa taught me. Awesome taste
 
zez
2012-02-26 10:47:03 AM  
Also, white popcorn is so much better than yellow! Why is it always harder to find?
 
2012-02-26 10:47:25 AM  
I will put ketchup on my hotdog if I want.
 
2012-02-26 10:48:19 AM  
Of course the most controversial pointless debate of all on Fark is whether or not to pop your popcorn like a man with oil, or air like a sissy little girl.

FTFY
 
2012-02-26 10:49:12 AM  
Popcorn is for losers. Chips, man, CHIPS!
 
2012-02-26 10:50:33 AM  
Meh, I simply squeeze the kernels in the palm of my hand, the heat generated pops the kernels. The natural oils and salts give it that perfect taste.
I have to be careful, squeezing too hard produces a diamond.
Off to the gym.
 
2012-02-26 10:50:41 AM  
Bah, real men laser it from orbit

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/hot
//enough to explode your house
 
2012-02-26 10:51:03 AM  

cmunic8r99: I will put ketchup on my hotdog if I want.


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2012-02-26 10:51:15 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.


This.

2 Tbsp (or so) olive oil and 3/4 tsp of popcorn salt with 1/2 cup kernels in a stove top crank popper.
 
2012-02-26 10:51:31 AM  
I'm torn. I was in the pot on the stove camp for a long time (designated popcorn pot), and was just starting to fark around with flavouring. Then I got an air popper for xmas, and I'm trying to figure out how long until I can give up on the thing that shoots unpopped kernels in every possible direction while in use.
 
2012-02-26 10:51:36 AM  

zez: Also, white popcorn is so much better than yellow! Why is it always harder to find?


Not in Canada it isnt. I've never not been able to get white corn.

/stove top with olive oil is the only way.
//if you smoke olive oil making popcorn you're doing it wrong.
 
2012-02-26 10:51:49 AM  

cmunic8r99: I will put ketchup catsup on my hotdog if I want.

 
2012-02-26 10:52:13 AM  
Burgers suck. Red hots rule.
 
2012-02-26 10:52:26 AM  

BretMavrik: Of course the most controversial pointless debate of all on Fark is whether or not to pop your popcorn like a man with oil, or air like a sissy little girl.

FTFY


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2012-02-26 10:52:31 AM  
Air poppers make popcorn taste like crunchy insulation. Microwave popcorn tastes like the bag (and it tastes like oily crunchy insulation).

I don't even use a stir popper. Fill the bottom of a warmed pot with vegetable oil (Peanut oil is acceptable...canola or any other oil is verboten).

Take the popcorn out of the fridge (I keep it sealed tight in its jar to keep it humidity down), and after the oil has warmed up, put 4 handfuls (no measuring here) into the pan. Swab it around to coat all the kernels, and put the lid on.

While it's popping, I shake it every minute or so until the popping slows...then turn the flame off. Once it's done, it gets poured off into a brown paper grocery bag (with the dark stains that indicate freshness). Add salt, shake the heck out of it. Bowls get passed around, and everybody's happy.

Also....White popcorn only. Yellow popcorn tastes stale even when it's freshly made.


Yeah, I'm a popcorn snob. A guy I know would take a full 1-lb bag of popcorn and cook it in a turkey roaster, never burning a kernel. He would also save off bacon fat....and make bacon popcorn. Highly addictive.
 
2012-02-26 10:52:36 AM  
I use kernels from 100% organic corn that was grown in fields hand plowed using oxen. Then I cook it in a17th century cast iron skillet with amish butter and seasoned with self harvested sea salt from the antarctic.

/microwave ftw
 
2012-02-26 10:52:38 AM  

Allen. The end.: Popcorn is for losers. Chips, man, CHIPS!


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2012-02-26 10:52:48 AM  
As someone who uses the air popper, I gotta say the design sucks.

They need to have a long tube up before discharging into the bowl. This simple change would result in higher yield and less in-bowl popping. The current design allows popping kernels to throw unpopped kernels.

The change is easy and obvious, but I haven't come up with a cost efficient design that wouldn't take up a significant amount of space over that of the current design.
 
2012-02-26 10:53:21 AM  

Ed Finnerty: I like to burn it in the microwave in the break room at 9:30am then pretend I wasn't the one who did it.


My company had to temporarily ban popcorn because some putz managed to totally incinerate a bag of microwave popcorn. The smoke was actually really thick and the entire floor that the kitchen was on smelled like burnt popcorn for a day (and the smell clung to our clothes).
 
2012-02-26 10:53:40 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.


Coconut Oil. You want coconut oil.

For starters, olive oil degrades pretty rapidly at the temperatures required for popping, meaning you lose almost all the flavor. Secondly, coconut oil smells like the movie theaters from when you were a kid, because that's what they used to use before the health nazis got their way. Seriously, try it, you'll be sold.
 
2012-02-26 10:53:55 AM  

mister cornwallis: I'm torn. I was in the pot on the stove camp for a long time (designated popcorn pot), and was just starting to fark around with flavouring. Then I got an air popper for xmas, and I'm trying to figure out how long until I can give up on the thing that shoots unpopped kernels in every possible direction while in use.


You 're supposed to put the top on it when you make popcorn.
 
2012-02-26 10:55:36 AM  
friggin' wussies. Real men use a cannon.

Link (new window)
 
2012-02-26 10:55:39 AM  
dollar store extra butter microwave popcorn and 40oz bottles of ghetto beer. i rarely am asked to host the party for the big sports event even though i have the room for it. funny thing is even when i go to other people's parties i'm not ask to bring anything either. not even beer. its not like its hard to do. i can make my chili cheese dip using the cheapest brand of can chilli and imitation cheese in 2 minutes in the microwave. hmmm, beef heart chilli.
 
2012-02-26 10:56:14 AM  

zez: Also, white popcorn is so much better than yellow! Why is it always harder to find?


You're welcome. (new window)
 
2012-02-26 10:56:30 AM  
Season salt
 
2012-02-26 10:56:39 AM  
People still eat popcorn?
 
2012-02-26 10:57:13 AM  
The Stir Crazy is awesome...my second choice is the pan on the stove.

No more microwave popcorn, ever.
 
2012-02-26 10:58:31 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: HotIgneous Intruder: Olive oil in a crank stir popping pan, ftw.

Coconut Oil. You want coconut oil.

For starters, olive oil degrades pretty rapidly at the temperatures required for popping, meaning you lose almost all the flavor. Secondly, coconut oil smells like the movie theaters from when you were a kid, because that's what they used to use before the health nazis got their way. Seriously, try it, you'll be sold.


The health nazis were wrong, too! They were scared of coconut oil because it is a saturated fat. But it is a GOOD saturated fat! Burned oils are nasty in taste and in health consequences.
 
zez
2012-02-26 10:58:53 AM  

wildcardjack: As someone who uses the air popper, I gotta say the design sucks.

They need to have a long tube up before discharging into the bowl. This simple change would result in higher yield and less in-bowl popping. The current design allows popping kernels to throw unpopped kernels.

The change is easy and obvious, but I haven't come up with a cost efficient design that wouldn't take up a significant amount of space over that of the current design.


My ancient air-popper hardly ever does that, but it's design is slightly different than the current ones. I maybe get 2-3 unpopped kernels in every bowl and I like how none are burnt.
 
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