With all of the ways to make popcorn, you can easily overlook making it with an electric popper. These popcorn makers are readily available and can make a delicious batch of popcorn in just a few minutes.
There are many reasons why people enjoy using an electric popper to make their favorite snack. First, the electric popper can be less labor-intensive than making it on the stovetop, and it’s nearly impossible to burn. However, you’ll still enjoy that same great flavor because oil is used to make it. Additionally, these are relatively inexpensive and are pretty durable.
This overview will explain how to make popcorn using an electric popper properly. If you’ve never used one, or it’s been hiding underneath your kitchen cupboards, you’ll soon discover what you’ve been missing out on.
How Are Electric Popcorn Makers Designed?
The electric popper has improved incredibly over the years, just like many other modern kitchen designs. If you open up the lid, the first aspect you’ll notice is the automatic stirring mechanism at the base.
The purpose of this metal bar is to continuously spin, which allows every kernel to pop without burning. It will also prevent any extra seeds from getting stuck to the bottom. Many people prefer using an electric popper because you don’t have to worry about repeatedly shaking or moving a pan (for example, when you use a cast-iron skillet).
Another design element that you’ll appreciate is how compact the machine is, as the popper itself sits right inside the lid.
How Do I Make Popcorn With An Electric Popper?
- The first thing you need to do is remove the lid and set it aside. Next, you’ll need to have the number of kernels measured out that you plan to use. For reference, 1/2 cup of kernels will produce about four quarts of popcorn. You will need to check the owner’s manual if you plan on making a significant amount to avoid overfilling.
- Next, add your popcorn oil to the bottom of the electric popper. Again, the amount you use will depend on how much popcorn you’re planning to make. Roughly one tablespoon of oil is needed for every 1/2 cup of popcorn you use.
- At this point, it’s now okay to plug your electric popper into the outlet. Most poppers will have a switch on the front that you need to turn on. Once you flip the switch, you’ll notice the spinner starting to move the popcorn oil around in a circle.
- After a minute or two, your popcorn oil should be hot enough to make your popcorn. If you want to double-check, just place several kernels on the bottom. Then, you’re ready to make the rest if those few kernels pop.
- Slowly add the rest of your popcorn to the base of the electric popper. You can use a metal spatula to even out the kernels if they are all in one spot. You’ll notice the stirrer beginning to move the popcorn around. The shape of the electric popcorn maker looks almost like an upside-down bowl when it’s popping. There may be a small plastic lid that needs to be removed on the surface. There are small holes on the top that allow the steam from the popcorn to escape. Vents or holes at the top also prevent popcorn from getting soggy.
- Your popcorn will only take about 3-5 minutes to finish popping. Once the popping has slowed down more than three seconds between pops, you can unplug it. Depending on your model, you may need gloves to touch the handles. (Some models’ handles do not get hot) Now, you can flip the “upside-down bowl’ over and enjoy yourself!
What Are The Features Of An Electric Popcorn Maker I Should Know About?
Let’s say you’re browsing for an electric popper at your local store or even online, such as Amazon. You’ll notice that there are many different options out there, and some have different features that you need to be aware of. Some models are convenient if you’re a butter lover.
They will melt the butter right on top of the popcorn for you. As we discussed earlier, most newer models have handles that are heat-free. You won’t have to worry about getting burned or trying to find a pair of oven mitts.
In the steps listed above, we discussed listening for the popcorn to stop popping, but that’s actually not needed on many electric poppers. One of the most common and very convenient features of an electric popcorn maker is the “automatic shutoff.”
As soon as all the popcorn has finished popping, your machine will turn off, even if it’s plugged in. Not only is this safer, but you won’t have to worry about burning any of those precious kernels.
What Are Some Helpful Tips When Using An Electric Popper?
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to use your electric popper.
- Electric popcorn makers can be used with all kinds of popcorn ( yellow, white, etc.).
- Fresh popcorn always works best in an electric popper.
- If you don’t have popcorn oil, you can use other oils, such as vegetable, olive, canola, or peanut. However, you do want to avoid using regular butter or margarine because they burn very quickly.
- You may notice that the popcorn isn’t popping well. In this case, you can try adding one tablespoon of water to your popcorn to give it some additional moisture.
If you’re looking for an easy and convenient way to make popcorn, then an electric popper is a great option. These appliances are compact, safe to use, and easy to operate. Plus, they come in a variety of fun colors and designs.
So why not give one a try? Popcorn is a healthy snack that everyone can enjoy, so get started with your new electric popper today!