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2021-01-23 10:43:43 PM  
Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn
 
2021-01-23 11:25:04 PM  
Butter is grease and meat grease is just a different flavor.
 
2021-01-23 11:34:43 PM  
Depends on how good the cath lab is at your closest hospital.
 
2021-01-24 2:07:58 AM  

Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn


Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people
 
2021-01-24 2:12:12 AM  

cretinbob: Depends on how good the cath lab is at your closest hospital.


You're just nasty.

Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn


You're going to ruin and lose a lot of that smoky flavor when the grease gets to popcorn temperature. It's going to degrade. You'll have to make a heart attack platter of grease to pour on the popcorn.
 
2021-01-24 2:21:13 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people


I bought a silicon microwave bowl and an assortment pack of flavorings suggested in a thread a while back. Most of the flavors are good but not the bacon one. I figured it would be too much to eat the whole bowl but a bunch of handfuls were likely. Who doesn't like bacon? Well, apparently I don't if it's bacon flavored popcorn.

Butter, caramel, kettle, cheeses, plain, and lightly salted all work, but I'm skipping the bacon on popcorn thing from here on out.
 
2021-01-24 2:51:11 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people


Let me recommend that you kids look up a product to keep in your cupboards at all times called "Crisco."
 
2021-01-24 4:56:09 AM  
I'll say this every bacon grease popcorn thread. I'd rather use the grease for other purposes like boosting steamed veggies, pancakes, sauteing onions/mushrooms etc
 
2021-01-24 5:12:14 AM  

Cafe Threads: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

Let me recommend that you kids look up a product to keep in your cupboards at all times called "Crisco."


No could do - had a GF at the time that did not do at all well with Crisco.  We're talking problems at both ends time.  Same deal with margarine, which sucked as we were poor as fark and butter wasn't cheap.  Had to get creative coming up with subs for various baking recipes - she didn't even want Crisco in the house.  Considering her description of the effects, I cannot blame her.  In the early '90's, there weren't a whole lot of documented workarounds for stuff - it was kinda an adventure working stuff out that she could eat that was actually good.

/amazing what you can do with a shiatload of vegetable oil and enough mixing when you gotta
 
2021-01-24 7:05:03 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: No could do - had a GF at the time that did not do at all well with Crisco.  We're talking problems at both ends time.  Same deal with margarine, which sucked as we were poor as fark and butter wasn't cheap.  Had to get creative coming up with subs for various baking recipes - she didn't even want Crisco in the house.  Considering her description of the effects, I cannot blame her.  In the early '90's, there weren't a whole lot of documented workarounds for stuff - it was kinda an adventure working stuff out that she could eat that was actually good.

/amazing what you can do with a shiatload of vegetable oil and enough mixing when you gotta


wow that really sucks, sorry to hear that. I didn't realize that was even A Thing. ghee might be an option for her - (I do realize you're talking about decades-past) - I have... similar issues, with escolar/"butterfish"/fake-"white"-tuna​... stuff is so tasty and so cheap, but, yeah, might as well have eaten 17 bags of Olestra-based potato chips. (which... lol, I haz a slightly-curious, I never once had olean/olestra chips back in the day. I'd still want to try, y'know, FOR SCIENCE!)

I keep meaning to get a can of crisco, tho' - much as I dislike the patient science of bakery, maaan... als-Kind all my pastry recipes called for both butter and shortening, and I'd be all (Narrator: ignorantly) "screw that, I'ma use all butter all the time! I'm A Fancy!!!" - so my pie crusts... never really turned out so good back then, lol.

/but dirt-poor in dirt-poor-Ohio, meant that...
//butter was actually cheap back then
///who knew!
 
2021-01-24 8:44:30 AM  

tintar: I keep meaning to get a can of crisco, tho' - much as I dislike the patient science of bakery, maaan... als-Kind all my pastry recipes called for both butter and shortening, and I'd be all (Narrator: ignorantly) "screw that, I'ma use all butter all the time! I'm A Fancy!!!" - so my pie crusts... never really turned out so good back then, lol.


Suet isn't cheap, but it makes the absolute best pastry. Just made old fashioned steak and kidney pies with tail fat and kidney fat from the lamb the kidneys came from. It was flaky, golden, and delicious in ways that Crisco wanks off to and wishes it could be.
 
2021-01-24 8:48:36 AM  
i like the taste of popcorn i don't need to put shiat on it or pop it in animal fat
 
2021-01-24 8:50:49 AM  
Animal Fat
Youtube yJuDeabpDaE
 
2021-01-24 8:56:27 AM  

anuran: tintar: I keep meaning to get a can of crisco, tho' - much as I dislike the patient science of bakery, maaan... als-Kind all my pastry recipes called for both butter and shortening, and I'd be all (Narrator: ignorantly) "screw that, I'ma use all butter all the time! I'm A Fancy!!!" - so my pie crusts... never really turned out so good back then, lol.

Suet isn't cheap, but it makes the absolute best pastry. Just made old fashioned steak and kidney pies with tail fat and kidney fat from the lamb the kidneys came from. It was flaky, golden, and delicious in ways that Crisco wanks off to and wishes it could be.


eh, vegulon here, so that ent exactly work for me ;-) but in the past it certainly did, manteca was the_shiat! coffee can of bacon grease under the kitchen sink, y'know, The American Way. (and, srsly, that is truly the only correct method to cook eggs, pancakes, french toast...)

these days, butter and ghee and crisco are 'bout as far as I'll go.

but here's a wonderful blast from the past, entire metric-boatload of lard from the USS Food City! - http://cardhouse.com/travel/az/food​cit​y4.htm

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/no I am not cardhouse, I just love them is all. ahoy, cap'n!
 
2021-01-24 10:20:21 AM  

anuran: tintar: I keep meaning to get a can of crisco, tho' - much as I dislike the patient science of bakery, maaan... als-Kind all my pastry recipes called for both butter and shortening, and I'd be all (Narrator: ignorantly) "screw that, I'ma use all butter all the time! I'm A Fancy!!!" - so my pie crusts... never really turned out so good back then, lol.

Suet isn't cheap, but it makes the absolute best pastry. Just made old fashioned steak and kidney pies with tail fat and kidney fat from the lamb the kidneys came from. It was flaky, golden, and delicious in ways that Crisco wanks off to and wishes it could be.


Bear lard...a retired cook that we knew always used bear lard and her pastries were the best I've ever had. She was old school and lived in Northern Ontario.  I think her pie crust recipe started out, "First, kill a bear...."
 
2021-01-24 10:40:38 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: No could do - had a GF at the time that did not do at all well with Crisco.


You're supposed to use it for cooking.
 
2021-01-24 10:42:02 AM  
As for popcorn -- I don't think bacon grease would work that well. Bacon has an overpowering taste.

But it has given me some ideas, to see how popcorn would taste popped in ground beef or chicken fat.
 
2021-01-24 11:22:00 AM  
Revolution Brewing was serving bacon fat popcorn when they opened about ten years ago. I remember it being very good, but I haven't been in years.
 
2021-01-24 11:30:36 AM  
I did it once, and it was good, but the combination of meat flavor from the bacon grease and corn flavor from the yellow popcorn made part of my brain think "am I eating dinner?".

Mostly I use popcorn as an excuse to eat more butter, so I just stick with that.
 
2021-01-24 11:43:13 AM  
The more Maillard reaction, the better.

Like, in general.
 
2021-01-24 11:51:49 AM  

Ishkur: As for popcorn -- I don't think bacon grease would work that well. Bacon has an overpowering taste.

But it has given me some ideas, to see how popcorn would taste popped in ground beef or chicken fat.


Duck fat.
 
2021-01-24 11:54:05 AM  
French fries cooked in duck fat are supposed to be great tasting.
 
2021-01-24 11:55:10 AM  

red5ish: French fries cooked in duck fat are supposed to be great tasting.


They are.
 
2021-01-24 11:57:50 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people


I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.
 
2021-01-24 12:07:23 PM  

phlegmjay: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.


I make my own cheese powder out of real cheddar.  I know, seems silly but it's a thing I like and it lasts forever.

Popcorn with that and some chili powder is worth doing.
 
2021-01-24 12:08:44 PM  
Sounds good to me.
 
2021-01-24 12:21:19 PM  

Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn


Duck fat sounded even better IMHO.

I'm to lazy though, so I'll stick with microwave + real butter.
 
2021-01-24 12:23:54 PM  

davynelson: i like the taste of popcorn i don't need to put shiat on it or pop it in animal fat


Popcorn is almost tasteless IMHO, without the fat and salt.
 
2021-01-24 12:29:04 PM  
I'm not really a popcorn guy, but I like eating animals.
 
2021-01-24 12:41:59 PM  
Does olive oil taste good on popcorn?
 
2021-01-24 1:00:09 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Ishkur: As for popcorn -- I don't think bacon grease would work that well. Bacon has an overpowering taste.

But it has given me some ideas, to see how popcorn would taste popped in ground beef or chicken fat.

Duck fat.


I recently bought a whole duck to cook just so I could get duck fat to use later.
 
2021-01-24 1:03:03 PM  
Cooking popcorn in coconut oil is awesome, if you like movie theater style popcorn.

wiseolddude: Does olive oil taste good on popcorn?


Think you have to be careful with the temperature if you're cooking in it. Olive oil's got a fairly low smoke point. As for adding it after, never tried. I like bread dipped in olive oil w/ seasonings, so probably tasty.
 
2021-01-24 1:05:26 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: cretinbob: Depends on how good the cath lab is at your closest hospital.

You're just nasty.

Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

You're going to ruin and lose a lot of that smoky flavor when the grease gets to popcorn temperature. It's going to degrade. You'll have to make a heart attack platter of grease to pour on the popcorn.


you're cooking your popcorn too hot
 
2021-01-24 1:13:39 PM  

dodecahedron: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Ishkur: As for popcorn -- I don't think bacon grease would work that well. Bacon has an overpowering taste.

But it has given me some ideas, to see how popcorn would taste popped in ground beef or chicken fat.

Duck fat.

I recently bought a whole duck to cook just so I could get duck fat to use later.


Yeah, the local places here rarely carry a whole duck anymore which sucks. It's usually just the vacuum packed breasts, confit legs, and small containers of fat. The whole bird would get you all of that for a fraction of the cost and then you'd still get the leftover carcass and innards to use for other things.
 
2021-01-24 1:39:13 PM  
Ketchuponsteak i agree that popcorn barely has a taste, it's very subtle; and that salt is a nice addition
 
2021-01-24 2:44:02 PM  

rohar: phlegmjay: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.

I make my own cheese powder out of real cheddar.  I know, seems silly but it's a thing I like and it lasts forever.

Popcorn with that and some chili powder is worth doing.


Do you have a recipe? That's exactly the sort of stupid DIY stuff I like to do.
 
2021-01-24 2:54:45 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: dodecahedron: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Ishkur: As for popcorn -- I don't think bacon grease would work that well. Bacon has an overpowering taste.

But it has given me some ideas, to see how popcorn would taste popped in ground beef or chicken fat.

Duck fat.

I recently bought a whole duck to cook just so I could get duck fat to use later.

Yeah, the local places here rarely carry a whole duck anymore which sucks. It's usually just the vacuum packed breasts, confit legs, and small containers of fat. The whole bird would get you all of that for a fraction of the cost and then you'd still get the leftover carcass and innards to use for other things.


I got mine at Aldi. I don't see them there all the time, but they do have them from time to time, and at really good prices, too.
 
2021-01-24 3:24:42 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Yeah, the local places here rarely carry a whole duck anymore which sucks. It's usually just the vacuum packed breasts, confit legs, and small containers of fat. The whole bird would get you all of that for a fraction of the cost and then you'd still get the leftover carcass and innards to use for other things.


Have you looked in the freezer? I know of a couple places in my town to get whole ducks, but since duck doesn't sell by the ton as chicken does, they're with the geese in the same frozen bin as the frozen turkeys.
 
2021-01-24 4:28:10 PM  

Ishkur: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: No could do - had a GF at the time that did not do at all well with Crisco.

You're supposed to use it for cooking.


Snerk - if I'd even gotten a can near the kitchen - much less the bedroom - my ass wouldn't have hit the door on the way out.  Because the side kick woulda propelled me through the door at about Mach 7.  Don't irritate your GF when she kickboxes.

/thankfully she had low standards and needed new glasses
//my only explanation for why she put up with me
///I was an even bigger dumbass when I was younger
 
2021-01-24 5:43:23 PM  

alechemist: I'll say this every bacon grease popcorn thread. I'd rather use the grease for other purposes like boosting steamed veggies, pancakes, sauteing onions/mushrooms etc


Greens. Add bacon fat and a ham hock to them.
 
2021-01-24 6:29:51 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: alechemist: I'll say this every bacon grease popcorn thread. I'd rather use the grease for other purposes like boosting steamed veggies, pancakes, sauteing onions/mushrooms etc

Greens. Add bacon fat and a ham hock to them.


This is the way.
 
2021-01-24 6:34:25 PM  

Ketchuponsteak: davynelson: i like the taste of popcorn i don't need to put shiat on it or pop it in animal fat

Popcorn is almost tasteless IMHO, without the fat and salt.


I've tried, now and then, some of the fancy 'spensive corms off the hamazons - parple, black, "heirloom", etc. - but, yeah, Dick Butkus. plus those fancypants ones? often need a pre-soak in water because they are horribly dried out. otherwise, ent even gon' pop.

I have a ceramic grinder full of 7-spice, a ceramic grinder full of pink himalayan salt (only because it's cute and $1 from dollar tree, but judges would also have accepted: morton's kosher) and some spray-cans of coconut oil.

we gots a Presto-or-whatever hot-air-popper, but I still enjoy the AB-muppet version of brown paper lunchbags in the microwave with an (over-)appropriate amount of oil/fat.

I've tried random serial experiments such as honey + fish-sauce, but it never wendells.

/'nuff-said
 
2021-01-24 7:31:15 PM  

tintar: I've tried, now and then, some of the fancy 'spensive corms off the hamazons - parple, black, "heirloom", etc. - but, yeah, Dick Butkus. plus those fancypants ones? often need a pre-soak in water because they are horribly dried out. otherwise, ent even gon' pop.


My two rules of popcorn buying?

1. Don't buy Jolly Time
2. Do buy the weird random brand you've never heard of that's packaged on a farm within an hour or two's drive from where you live. Where I live, that's going to be "Rural Route 1" and "Wisconsin Gold Harvest", plus a couple others. Oddly enough they're often some of the lowest priced popcorns on the shelf.
2. a. Farmer's Markets, and popcorn stores located on popcorn farms you run into on random drives through the country, those are going to be good sources. Buy a couple pounds.
 
2021-01-24 7:42:07 PM  

phaseolus: tintar: I've tried, now and then, some of the fancy 'spensive corms off the hamazons - parple, black, "heirloom", etc. - but, yeah, Dick Butkus. plus those fancypants ones? often need a pre-soak in water because they are horribly dried out. otherwise, ent even gon' pop.

My two rules of popcorn buying?

1. Don't buy Jolly Time
2. Do buy the weird random brand you've never heard of that's packaged on a farm within an hour or two's drive from where you live. Where I live, that's going to be "Rural Route 1" and "Wisconsin Gold Harvest", plus a couple others. Oddly enough they're often some of the lowest priced popcorns on the shelf.
2. a. Farmer's Markets, and popcorn stores located on popcorn farms you run into on random drives through the country, those are going to be good sources. Buy a couple pounds.


Offer not available in climates that don't grow poppin' corn.

But that's okay, I can get avocados at $5/10lb bag in season for ugly small ones.

Fair trade.
 
2021-01-24 8:19:34 PM  

phaseolus: tintar: I've tried, now and then, some of the fancy 'spensive corms off the hamazons - parple, black, "heirloom", etc. - but, yeah, Dick Butkus. plus those fancypants ones? often need a pre-soak in water because they are horribly dried out. otherwise, ent even gon' pop.

My two rules of popcorn buying?

1. Don't buy Jolly Time
2. Do buy the weird random brand you've never heard of that's packaged on a farm within an hour or two's drive from where you live. Where I live, that's going to be "Rural Route 1" and "Wisconsin Gold Harvest", plus a couple others. Oddly enough they're often some of the lowest priced popcorns on the shelf.
2. a. Farmer's Markets, and popcorn stores located on popcorn farms you run into on random drives through the country, those are going to be good sources. Buy a couple pounds.


last I bought was, hold on, *tapatap* 12.5lb generic-ish "great northern" off the hamazons - it's been, y'know, mediocre-to-satisfactory, but there've been still some times I needed to pre-soak elst it would barely even pop.

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I will admit, I have been tempted by previous mentions of FLAVACOL (not only this thread, but earlier ones as well) - and also that whole "swim, my pretties!" Simpsons-thing, lol. but, I remain a stubborn jackwagon, and just do what I do.
 
2021-01-24 10:26:15 PM  

phlegmjay: rohar: phlegmjay: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.

I make my own cheese powder out of real cheddar.  I know, seems silly but it's a thing I like and it lasts forever.

Popcorn with that and some chili powder is worth doing.

Do you have a recipe? That's exactly the sort of stupid DIY stuff I like to do.


Ok, you might want to take a seat for this, it's complicated.

I buy a chunk of Tillamook cheddar cheese.  I do my best to avoid the cute chick running the checkout lane, but it never works.  I'm a flirt, I can't help it.

I put the cheese in the freezer for a bit.  This gives me time to take a cold shower to get over the checkout chick.  Then I get dressed, come back downstairs and awkwardly nod at my wife with a "hey, how are you doing", attempting to forget the checkout chick thing but it doesn't work so I'm all awkward AND guilty.  This is the worst case scenario.  Wife's on to me but doesn't give me any negative feedback so off to step two.

Slice the cheese as fine as you can.  I have a decentish meat slicer so I can make it almost transparent.  Kinda like I was with the wife on the stairs. 

Then I spread the cheese slices out on the grates for my electric smoker, toss them in, and set the temp to like 110f for until they're all dry and hard.  If I'm feeling frisky (damned checkout girl!) I'll add some applewood.  It's a nice touch.  This can take a few hours.  It's basically dehydrating the cheese.

Then I brutally grind the shiat out of the product in the food processor.  Because that checkout chick has been a very very bad girl.  Wait, that's not right. 

Nevermind.  I grind the dry cheese until it's a powder.

Sprinkle that shiat on popcorn and you're on to something.
 
2021-01-24 10:33:28 PM  

rohar: phlegmjay: rohar: phlegmjay: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.

I make my own cheese powder out of real cheddar.  I know, seems silly but it's a thing I like and it lasts forever.

Popcorn with that and some chili powder is worth doing.

Do you have a recipe? That's exactly the sort of stupid DIY stuff I like to do.

Ok, you might want to take a seat for this, it's complicated.

I buy a chunk of Tillamook cheddar cheese.  I do my best to avoid the cute chick running the checkout lane, but it never works.  I'm a flirt, I can't help it.

I put the cheese in the freezer for a bit.  This gives me time to take a cold shower to get over the checkout chick.  Then I get dressed, come back downstairs and awkwardly nod at my wife with a "hey, how are you doing", attempting to forget the checkout chick thing but it doesn't work so I'm all awkward AND guilty.  This is the worst case scenario.  Wife's on to me but doesn't give me any negative feedback so off to step two.

Slice the cheese as fine as you can.  I have a decentish meat slicer so I can ma ...


Oh, I forgot to add:  Add chili powder and salt with your powdered cheese to your popcorn until it tastes a lot like chili cheese fritos.

'Cause there's nothing that cute chick at the checkout counter is more into than a middle aged guy covered in chili cheese dust with a jealous wife.
 
2021-01-24 10:46:07 PM  

tintar: I will admit, I have been tempted by previous mentions of FLAVACOL


If someone's idea of perfect popcorn is the stuff they sell at movie theaters, I guess Flavacol is wonderful. To my tastes, it's horrible. It's one of my pet peeves, I guess.

The popcorn I learned to love came from one of those old poppers that they haven't made in probably 60 years that looked like a small washing machine, topped with salt and melted butter. These things:

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Many many years ago, in Milwaukee on about 37th & Center Street right next door to what used to be an operating movie theater but was a sort of a junk store by the time I was alive, a man ran a popcorn wagon out of his front yard and that stuff was delicious. If we can extrapolate that "pizza imprinting theory" to popcorn, that's the stuff that became forever imprinted in my mind as perfect popcorn. None of that yucky butyric artificial flavoring.

As I got older you'd still see old decrepit-looking popcorn wagons here and there that used this cooker and popped the good stuff but I haven't seen one of those since the early 1990s in Portage, Wisconsin. If you see a popcorn wagon these days it's probably one of those "olde tyme" looking things with modern innards and you'll get Flavacol on your corn.
 
2021-01-24 11:29:33 PM  

phaseolus: The popcorn I learned to love came from one of those old poppers that they haven't made in probably 60 years that looked like a small washing machine, topped with salt and melted butter. These things:


what in the even crap??!?

man, now I want exactly one of those things.

and I do still not have a clew what that thing even is, I just know that I want one.
 
2021-01-25 8:58:14 AM  

rohar: phlegmjay: rohar: phlegmjay: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Wanebo: Using bacon grease to cook popcorn = better tasting popcorn

Been there, tried that, was out of oil due to butterfingers (hah) and a busted bottle.  The flavors just didn't go for me and the others that were there.  Too many years of, "This shiat has butter on it, that's about it." I figure.  Not knocking it for people that like it, for me it was just... odd.  And while it wasn't an "no this is not ok" kinda odd, it wasn't good either.  Ended up dumping half of it - the weird factor increased the longer we ate it.

/"just weird" was pretty much the consensus amongst the other 3 people

I'm kind of the same. I've tried lots of different popcorn variations, but in the end all I want is butter and salt. Some of the variations I've liked a lot. But I don't find myself wanting to go out of my way to find or make them.

/ I will admit to occasionally liking the gross powdered cheese topping as well. I think that's a nostalgia thing, though.

I make my own cheese powder out of real cheddar.  I know, seems silly but it's a thing I like and it lasts forever.

Popcorn with that and some chili powder is worth doing.

Do you have a recipe? That's exactly the sort of stupid DIY stuff I like to do.

Ok, you might want to take a seat for this, it's complicated.

I buy a chunk of Tillamook cheddar cheese.  I do my best to avoid the cute chick running the checkout lane, but it never works.  I'm a flirt, I can't help it.

I put the cheese in the freezer for a bit.  This gives me time to take a cold shower to get over the checkout chick.  Then I get dressed, come back downstairs and awkwardly nod at my wife with a "hey, how are you doing", attempting to forget the checkout chick thing but it doesn't work so I'm all awkward AND guilty.  This is the worst case scenario.  Wife's on to me but doesn't give me any negative feedback so off to step two.

Slice the cheese as fine as you can.  I have a decentish meat slicer so I can make it almost transparent.  Kinda like I was with the wife on the stairs. 

Then I spread the cheese slices out on the grates for my electric smoker, toss them in, and set the temp to like 110f for until they're all dry and hard.  If I'm feeling frisky (damned checkout girl!) I'll add some applewood.  It's a nice touch.  This can take a few hours.  It's basically dehydrating the cheese.

Then I brutally grind the shiat out of the product in the food processor.  Because that checkout chick has been a very very bad girl.  Wait, that's not right. 

Nevermind.  I grind the dry cheese until it's a powder.

Sprinkle that shiat on popcorn and you're on to something.


Thanks!

How necessary is the fantasizing about adultery to the process? Does the guilt help to flavor the cheese dust? I mean, I know that consuming the cheese dust usually induces guilt. So it makes sense.
 
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