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Popcorn Popping Instructions

Quality popcorn can be popped using any method of popping whether that be in a skillet, in a traditional oil popper, a hot air popper or in the microwave.

Skillet or Electric Frying Pan Popping:

  • Measure 3 parts corn to 1 part oil
  • The amounts will vary depending on the size of the pan but one cup of unpopped popcorn will produce 40 cups of popped popcorn
  • You will need to leave enough room in the pan for the popcorn while it is popping
  • Once the popcorn has begun to pop it is not recommended that the lid be removed as hot kernels can pop out of the pan and hit someone
  • Measure the oil into the pan and add 2-3 kernels of popcorn. When you hear that they have popped, then add the remaining amount of popcorn
  • The reason for this is that popcorn pops at a very high temperature and the best way to determine when the oil is hot enough, is to test it on a few kernels
  • Shake the pan while you are popping, to ensure that the unpopped kernels remain at the bottom of the pan where the heat is so that they can be popped
  • After popping add salt and butter to taste

It is recommended that salt not be added until after popping is finished as this will result in a more tender puff. It is also recommended that butter not be used to pop popcorn as it will burn before reaching the temperature that is required to pop popcorn - more suitable oils are coconut oil or canola oil.

Automatic Popcorn Popper

Automatic Popper

  • You should follow the manufacturers instructions
  • Generally the same instructions for the skillet should be used
  • The oil should be added with a few kernels to ensure that the popper is ready to pop the popcorn
  • In a 4 quart popper you would add cup of Jones Popcorn and 3 tablespoons of oil
  • It is recommended that salt not be added until after popping is finished as this will result in a more tender puff
Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Hotair Popper

  • The manufacturers instructions should be followed
  • Generally there is a measuring device included with the popper
  • This should always be filled - using less or more than the recommended amount can lead to poor popping performance
  • It is however recommended that you allow the popper to warm up for 30 seconds to 1 minute before starting to pop
  • Of course butter and salt cannot be added until after the popcorn is popped
Microwave Popcorn Popping

Microwave Popcorn

  • These directions are for using the empty microwave bags available from Jones Popcorn
  • For popping popcorn a 600 watt microwave oven is necessary
  • In the empty paper bag place 2 tablespoons of popcorn and fold the top of the bag
  • Place the bag in the middle of the popper and set the time for 3-5 minutes
  • When popping slows remove the bag as waiting for all kernels to pop could scorch the popcorn
  • When popping in the microwave oven it is normal to have unpopped kernels. This is due to the uneven heating conditions in the microwave oven
  • It is recommended that the bags not be re-used as this can cause the popcorn to scorch
  • For microwave poppers follow manufactures instructions as the directions can vary

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