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    • Trow
    • By Trow 2nd Mar 05, 3:30 PM
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    Trow
    • #2
    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:30 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:30 PM
    You don't need a popcorn maker - it can be done in a pan with a lid, heat up some oil in the bottom with the kernels - just make sure you don't put too much in - a layer of one kernel is usually enough!

    To make it sweet melt some butter/marg in a pan with some syrup and pour over. Yum!
  • Lillibet
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:31 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:31 PM
    I make it all the time but don't have a machine. I used to buy the microwave stuff but have now found that the old fashioned way in a saucepan makes it even nicer & is cheaper still, after popping I add a little salt to make it savoury or icing sugar (works better than granulated) to make it sweet.
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  • Galtizz
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:36 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:36 PM
    Where do you get the kernals from?
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  • fazer6
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:42 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:42 PM
    Booths. I find Asda don't always have it so it's either booths or a health food shop. About 99p for a 250g bag so it's dirt cheap.

    I've found you burn less in a popcornmaker, the corns are bigger (perhaps the temp is higher or something), and there's no oil so the popcornmaker's easier to clean than a pan. I was given mine as a prezzie so it didn't cost anything. Butter and a bit of sugar in the bit on top of where the popcorn jumps out and it'll melt nicely.

    I think I might make a batch tonight too.

    Does anyone have a toffee style coating recipie? How do they make sweet stuff at the cinema? It's so tasty.
  • Quackers
    • #6
    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:56 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 3:56 PM
    Where do you get the kernals from?
    by Galtizz
    I get mine from sainsburys - its the only place that always has them in stock.

    I'm hopeless as making coatings for my popcorn - they never seem to turn out right. We do like it 'as it comes' though so we're ok. It was my daughters birthday yesterday & as Dad was at work we had a 'girls night in'. Bridget Jones 2, popcorn, strawberries, grapes and a bowl of melted chocolate to dip it all in

    Oh, we have this jazzy little duck which cost us just 10 from Makro a couple of years ago & its fab. You fill his hat with kernels, chuck it in his head & get a huge bowlful of popcorn out of his beak :

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  • Lillibet
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 4:21 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 05, 4:21 PM
    Where do you get the kernals from?
    by Galtizz
    Tescos. It in the crisps aisle.
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  • frizz_head
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 8:34 AM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 8:34 AM
    Popcorn Recipes Here

    Frizz

    P.S. I get mine in Sainburys - with all the lentils and stuff.
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 9:02 AM
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    • 3rd Mar 05, 9:02 AM
    [url="http://www.recipegoldmine.com/popcorn/popcorn.html"]Popcorn Recipes Here[/url.
    by frizz_head

    Wow I have made a sauce for my popcorn before but never realsied there were so many recipes out there!!

    I have the duck popcorn maker (or should I say my daughter does!) and I also buy the kernals from sainsburys.

    We also have a candy floss maker so we often have a cinema at home with all the family watching a dvd and eating popcorn and occassionally candy floss (messier and not so healthy!)
  • fazer6
    I can't believe how many popcorn recipies there are, I can't believe I've only ever done butter and sugar, how boring.

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    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 3rd Mar 05, 1:14 PM
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    r.mac
    I buy my popcorn kernals from Sainsbury's. A small bag makes loads of popped corn (enough to feed armies of tennagers) and costs about 60p. Very good value.

    I also don't bother with a special machine - but if you use a pan, keep the pan moving over the heat and use as heavy bottomed one as you have.

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  • filigree
    I already mentioned my trusty popcorn machine on the Gadgets thread. Mine was a present so it cost nothing, but since they usually cost less than 15 it would pay for itself if you eat lots of popcorn like I do.

    The popcorn kernels appear all over the place, even in several places in one supermarket. I find them with the lentils, in the West Indian section (Dunn River brand), the Greek section (Cypressa brand) and the crisps aisle. The price difference is usually only pennies though.

    I have had loads of success taking the popcorn maker to PTA fundraising events. The excitement of watching the corn pop keeps the kids amused and there are usually queues waiting to buy the stuff. Because it's so cheap we make a HUGE profit margin on the sales!
  • halloweenqueen
    Have used the oil/pan method for years but got a ducky last year and it is better popcorn and so healthy...until half the sugar bowl disappears on it! I bought some butter coating powder in US last year yum yum!!
    • tiff
    • By tiff 16th Mar 05, 10:18 AM
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    tiff
    I already mentioned my trusty popcorn machine on the Gadgets thread. Mine was a present so it cost nothing, but since they usually cost less than 15 it would pay for itself if you eat lots of popcorn like I do.

    The popcorn kernels appear all over the place, even in several places in one supermarket. I find them with the lentils, in the West Indian section (Dunn River brand), the Greek section (Cypressa brand) and the crisps aisle. The price difference is usually only pennies though.

    I have had loads of success taking the popcorn maker to PTA fundraising events. The excitement of watching the corn pop keeps the kids amused and there are usually queues waiting to buy the stuff. Because it's so cheap we make a HUGE profit margin on the sales!
    by filigree
    I was in Holland and Barrett today, their popcorn kernels are 99p for a 1kg bag at the moment, on special offer. I bought a bag and remembered this thread. I love the idea of selling them at PTA events, our PTA always sets up a very large stall of sweets which annoys me really so I might tactfully suggest eventually giving up the sweets and doing popcorn instead. Thanks for the idea.
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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 10th May 06, 6:42 PM
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    lynzpower
    Quick popcorn question
    Hi there
    wanting to pop some corn in pan

    Do I melt butter or oil in it?

    How much do I put in for adequate amount for 2 hungry people watching the final of apprentice?
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  • Gingham Ribbon
    I heat up about a tablespoon of sunflower oil, throw in a random amount, put the lid on and stand back. It keeps well in a tub so I don't mind if I do too much.

    (As long as the stuff you keep doesn't have sauce on it. In which case, it goes soggy!)

    It really does make a huge amount so go easy and use the biggest pan you can!
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 10th May 06, 6:48 PM
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    Pink.
    Hi linzpower,

    Oil works ok, but butter definitely gives a better flavour.

    Pink
  • Kazonline
    1 tsp oil (I use corn)
    2 heaped tbsp Corn

    LARGE PAN (I use pressure cooker)

    KAz
  • Gingham Ribbon
    Hmm. I'm off to try it out with butter.
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  • henhog
    You can use icing sugar to make it sweet - but watch out as it gets very hot! You add it to the pan at the end when your pop corn has popped!
    BTW - can't wait for Apprentice final - love the Brummie but think the blonde will win!!
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