Today there are many ways to pop your popcorn, from using the pre-bagged just pop it in the microwave type, to using popcorn popping machines, or you can also go with the old school method. Before we had microwaves and popcorn poppers, people would pop their popcorn in the fireplace or on the stove top.
To pop popcorn in the fireplace one needs a fireplace popcorn popper. To use one of these you will want to heat a couple tablespoons of canola oil in the bottom of the popcorn popper. Then add 1/4 cup popcorn kernels and spread them evenly across the bottom of the bowl of the popcorn popper. Cook over the fire in your fireplace, being sure to shake from time to time. Listen for your popcorn kernels to start popping, when the popping of the kernels starts to die down, remove from the fire to keep from burning the already popped kernels. Empty your popcorn into a bowl and season it to your preferences.
To use a stove top popcorn popper you will follow the above directions, but instead of placing the popcorn popper over a fire, you will place it on an eye of your stove that has been heated to medium heat. On a stovetop popcorn popper instead of shaking it, you will turn the crank on it while your popcorn is popping. Remove the popcorn from the heat source after the majority of your popcorn has popped, this will take around 3 minutes. Empty your popcorn into a bowl and season it to your preferences.
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