How's clean up on this? I've always been tempted to get one of these but never pulled the trigger.
That is my biggest battle with these types of poppers. The buttery oil and salt coats everything. I usually wipe it down with a wet cloth every use. If I know im not using it for awhile I will boil a 4 oz cup of water in the kettle and clean it out. On top of that a massive cleaning needs to be done to get it spotless once in awhile.
I am a popcorn newbie. Can someone help me out?
how is this different from the $10 hot air pop corn machines?
Does this make crunchy popcorn like the ones I buy sealed from the store?
Hot air and Kettle cooked corn tastes extremely different. Compare a dry tasteless air popped kernel to say a movie theater kernel coated in oil and salt. To some its a huge difference others might not care.
I got a similar popper at Costco for $48 recently for my 10 year old boy's birthday. I think it was the best gift he's every gotten. He LOVES the thing. Makes popcorn after school, invites the neighborhood kids over. It's easy to operate for kids 8 and up, I'd say. I recently ordered, though have not tried yet, the Great Northern popcorn/oil packets from amazon. That's going to make it even easier.
Edit: meant to add that I also bought plastic "movie" popcorn bowls (tall ones) for $1 at Target (they also had a big bowl). Dollar store also has these. For my in laws Xmas gift, I've purchased another one of these poppers, some bowls, a WDTV media player, a bunch of classic films on a jump drive (for player), and some cups from their alma mater. We're doing a movie "themed" gift.
I also bought one from Costco for $48.00 Been looking for one all over the place since 2011 Black Friday and Xmas for about $50.00....These kettle poppers are great popcorn poppers...I bought one of the pre-measured packets at Target, I think it was Orville Redenbacher....It looked great (nice golden yellow popcorn) but really salty. And the popcorn was too big for the kettle opening and got stuck, jamming up the stir in the kettle....I didn't know that popcorn had different sizes..So I ordered the Great Northern pre-measured 2.5 oz "All-N-One premium pack"...Not to salty and just the right size popcorn for the kettle opening..
Yes cleaning takes some time. But I just let the kettle cool a little and wipeout all the old popcorn from the previous batch,,I only pour some water to boil in the kettle to clean up the excess butter and salt when I'm ready to put the popper away..
I little more work than just microwaving a bag but it tastes much better...
If Costco didn't have it, I would have gotten this Great Northern kettle popper...But can't beat Costco's no hassle return policy if it breaks..
Oh, so just regular popcorn and butter = real popcorn. So why spend the $ of the portion packs rather than just bulk popcorn and butter which would be cheaper but still "real popcorn"?
You got it. You can buy the same popcorn kernels and oil in bulk for less.
Buying portion packs seems lazy/not slick to me, but if kids are using it then it probably makes more sense than trusting them to measure it correctly every time.
Anyone know of any deals on larger machines?
I'd like to get a popcorn popper for my man cave to go next to the bar, but this seems too tiny for when I have people over.
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