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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Blast-o-butter!



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    We actually gave up on microwave popcorn after the numerous articles kept coming out about the health hazards. I dont' know if those warnings are overblown or not, but now that we've switched to air popper, we realize we much prefer the taste.

    Anyway, health concerns might be able to be avoided:

    If there is any danger at all associated with microwave popcorn, it is most present when the bag is first opened and heated fumes escape. Breathing in these fumes will expose the consumer to the highest level of diacetyl possible at the consumer level. This may cause damage to the smallest air passages in the consumer's lungs or trigger a pre-existing asthma attack. Young children and those with compromised lung capacity may also have an adverse reaction after breathing in the first fumes of a hot bag of microwave popcorn.

    http://www.wisegeek.com/is-microwave...ad-for-you.htm


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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Air-pop Redenbacher yellow, sprinkle with olive oil then butter flavored salt, may be my favorite.



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    HyVee brand ain't too bad actually. I definitely want one of these someday though:





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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    I bought some coconut oil and popcorn salt and just make it in an old stir crazy popper. I haven't been able to eat microwave popcorn since.



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Quote Originally Posted by MeanDean View Post
    Any locally available product you CFers have as your go to brand and type?

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    Love that stuff and even the cheap Hy-Vee brand, but it's god-awful health-wise.



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Thanks everyone who responded. I'll have some good options to try.

    Growing up (1960's) we had an old pressure cooker bottom with a random almost-fitting lid. And we popped in lard, yes lard. Probably the best popper I've ever experienced. Because of how thick and massive the bottom of that pressure cooker was it would only burn if you left it sitting on the burner, still on high, for 30 seconds or more after it quit popping.

    We just have a family tradition of having popcorn for our Sunday evening meal. Easy and no clean-up if you microwave it. And no complaints as to who gets more, because we each get our own bag. So not worried about once a week health issues of the super buttery-style stuff.

    I was an air pop believer and used that for maybe 20 years until we got a 1100 watt microwave which does most bags in 2 minutes +/-.

    Again, thanks. I'll try most if not all - at least the buttery ones. Not sure I've seen Kirkland brand.


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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    This is by far my favorite microwave popcorn, Pop Secret Homestyle. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0055S03M2 When I worked in an office I got my coworkers hooked on it as well. My wife likes the Simply ones from Orville as mentioned above.
    Same here. Perfect salt to butter ratio.


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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Probably the very best popcorn I have ever had (and worst for you) is using bacon grease for the oil in a Stir Crazy. DEAR GOD! Makes me want some right now..... but probably never will again....



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Snappy popcorn is one to consider as well. Good popcorn and great ISU supporters as well!


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    Jolly Time Mallow Magic.



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Pop Secret Home Style hands down



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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Quote Originally Posted by NATEizKING View Post
    I actually like semi-burnt popcorn
    I hope you don't work in an office



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    To me the popper is more important than the popcorn brand. I grew up with an old fashion manual stir popper. My dad gave me his when I set out on my own. There was an art to getting it right that I never quite figured out. I somehow ended up with a couple of these. One of them had round vent holes in the top that would splatter your hand with hot oil as you stirred the thing.



    Then the electric popper became popular and I tried a few of those. They were convenient but were no match for the old fashioned popper with someone that knew what they were doing.

    Then the air popper was invented. These were great as you could pop an unlimited amount and load up a big grocery sack or more if you wanted. I liked these because they used no oil and allowed you to apply the amount of butter you wanted separately. I usually melted the butter in the microwave instead of using the drip method built into the lid. The problem with these was too many unpopped kernels.



    The air popper has been sidelined after replacing the plastic top a number of times and now the popper of choice is Orville's Microwave popper. It does a pretty good job considering the convenience factor and little cleanup. I wouldn't say it's the best tasting, but it pops most of the kernels which is a big deal to me. I hate unpopped kernels.



    If anyone has recommendations for the best consumer popper that comes in a relatively small footprint, I would be interested in moving on to the next phase in popcorn popping.


    Last edited by Psyclone; 07-07-2014 at 10:16 PM.

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    Re: Recommend Best Microwave Popcorn

    Quote Originally Posted by Psyclone View Post
    To me the popper is more important than the popcorn brand. I grew up with an old fashion manual stir popper. My dad gave me his when I set out on my own. There was an art to getting it right that I never quite figured out. I somehow ended up with a couple of these. One of them had round vent holes in the top that would splatter your hand with hot oil as you stirred the thing.



    Then the electric popper became popular and I tried a few of those. They were convenient but were no match for the old fashioned popper with someone that knew what they were doing.

    Then the air popper was invented. These were great as you could pop an unlimited amount and load up a big grocery sack or more if you wanted. I liked these because they used no oil and allowed you to apply the amount of butter you wanted separately. I usually melted the butter in the microwave instead of using the drip method built into the lid. The problem with these was too many unpopped kernels.



    The air popper has been sidelined after replacing the plastic top a number of times and now the popper of choice is Orville's Microwave popper. It does a pretty good job considering the convenience factor and little cleanup. I wouldn't say it's the best tasting, but it pops most of the kernels which is a big deal to me. I hate unpopped kernels.



    If anyone has recommendations for the best consumer popper that comes in a relatively small footprint, I would be interested in moving on to the next phase in popcorn popping.



    Store your jar of popcorn in the freezer to significantly reduce the amount of unpopped kernels you get when you use an air-popper.



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