Popcorn

What is the popped corn equivalent of one ounce of popcorn kernels?

One ounce of uncooked kernels yields one quart of cooked corn. Another way to look at this ratio is to think of a bag of microwave popcorn. A four-ounce bag of kernels (for a four-ounce popper) yields approximately the same amount of popped corn as a bag of microwave popcorn. Depending on how much your guests love popcorn, a four-ounce serving of popcorn could serve two to three adults, or an eight-ounce serving could feed six adults.

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Which oil coconut, sunflower, or corn has the best taste?

Most would agree that Coconut Oil produces the best taste for popcorn.

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What type of oil should I use to cook popcorn?

Choosing the correct oil will be your biggest decision. Oil affects the taste and the nutritional value of your popcorn. Manufacturers love coconut oil because it burns the cleanest, and supposedly tastes the best. Other oils frequently used are sunflower oil, peanut oil and soybean oil. The best plan for choosing oil is to research the nutritional value, then trial and error each to determine which tastes best. The only oil to avoid is vegetable oil, because it cannot stand the heat of the kettle and tends to catch on fire.

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When I buy popcorn, salt and oil in bulk, do I need to buy two boxes of popcorn and salt to every one box of oil?

Yes. Popcorn and salt is packaged 48 per case, and oil is packaged 96 per case.

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How often should I use a cleaning kit on my popcorn machine's kettle?

Cleaning kits must be used when the kettle becomes black with carbonization. To keep your kettle clean between uses, let it cool after each use then wipe it out with a damp cloth.

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I've heard Glaze Pop makes a sticky mess in your popper. Do you have any tips for keeping it as clean as possible?

When using Glaze Pop, cover the clean-out tray with aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Also, once the kettle cools, be sure to wipe it out with a damp cloth.

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Does the Butter-y topping have to be heated?

Yes. The topping comes in gallon jugs, and it needs to be heated. You can heat it on the stove, in the microwave, or in our Butter-y topping dispenser.

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Can you re-use the buttery topping leftover in the dispenser?

Yes. The buttery topping dispenser has a stainless steel drum with a plastic lid. The topping is poured into the drum and the drum is placed in the dispenser (with the pump). When finished, let the topping cool, place the lid over the drum and store the drum in the refrigerator. You can re-heat the topping two to three times.

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What can I do if my popcorn comes out chewy?

Actually, popcorn is made up of hard starch and a little bit of moisture. This moisture is locked inside the kernel. As the temperature rises the moisture turns to steam and pressure begins to build. This continues until the kernel cannot withstand the force any longer, and explodes into the goodness we know and love.

Because popcorn kernels tend to lose moisture as they age the popping performance and quality of the popcorn can diminish.

To ensure popcorn maintains the appropriate moisture level, never store pop corn kernels in a refrigerator or freezer. This can dry them out very quickly. Also do not store them in a moist basement or our a humid garage. The best place to keep your unpopped pop corn is on a pantry shelf (at room temperature, below 90°F) in a sealed container. You can typically expect popcorn to have a shelf life of about 18 months.

Freshly popped corn quickly absorbs humidity from the air. As the popcorn absorbs moisture, it loses its crispness and it can become chewy. If you run into this problem try popping with the metal serving door on your popper in its open position to help vent the moisture. You can even keep the Plexiglas door slightly open as Paragon recommends, but watch out for stray popcorn if you are daring enough to keep it all the way open!

After the popcorn is done popping immediately open the plexiglas door and let the steam out. Depending on where you have placed your popper you may have more or less moisture in the air. A damp basement is less than ideal but you can get around this by trying to keep the popcorn warm but dry. A popcorn warmer is ideal for this and is sometimes included in the popper's design depending on the model you have purchased.

Other factors that can play a part are an excess of oil used in the initial popping or too much popcorn added for your size kettle (use 4 oz. for a 4 ox kettle, 6 for 6 oz and so on). Try experimenting and above all have fun with the possibilities!

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Why is my oil solid, is this normal?

Yes, coconut oil solidifies or melts according to the temperature. So, it is completely fine to use either way.

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