Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kettle Corn for your movie viewing pleasure

First of all, this isn't my recipe. I got it from Sara from Average Betty. It's one of the best cooking blogs out there with tasty recipes that anyone can make from her excellent directions. Go check it out and visit often. Here's her Kettle Popcorn recipe, make sure you watch the video too.

1/2 Cup popping corn
1/4 Cup sugar
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil

It's actually pretty easy. If you make pop corn in a pot, you can make this. For some added value I'll put in my extra special tips for storing popcorn kernels. 

Put the oil in the pot and start heating it up. 
Add the corn and sugar. I like to add in some vanilla sugar which gives the whole house a wonderful smell and a nice subtle flavor to the popcorn. 
Mix it all up over high heat until it pops.
It takes about 10 minutes by us to get it all popped.
You should be shaking and moving the pot the whole time so it all pops evenly and the sugar melts and spreads over everything. When there's more than a second or two between pops you know it's all done. Dump it out into a bowl and salt to taste. Hide from family members and enjoy your cheesy sci-fi flicks.

Tips for making sure your popcorn kernels stay poppy. 
1. Store in an air tight container.
2. Put a bit of water in with the kernels to keep them moist.
3. Keep it in the refrigerator
See, the whole reason popcorn pops, as we learned in 3rd grade is that there is a bit of water in them that boils and then all the starch expands. These three easy steps make sure that it doesn't dry out and when it comes time to cook them, they pop quickly and evenly.
Happy noshing!

1 comment:

  1. The kettle corn is superb!!! I should have put in just a little less corn because my pan was too small, and it didn't take 10 minutes to pop; more like 7. Only problem? This won't last the two hours until MST3K so I'll have to make more!