The other day I was talking to a friend on the phone and I told her I was popping some popcorn. The process went on for a while and she said “You must have the slowest microwave in the world” and I told her I wasn’t popping the corn in the microwave but on the stove. She is quite a bit younger than I am and said she didn’t know you could pop corn on the stove. I am no health expert but if you do a little research, maybe starting with “Is microwave popcorn good for you?”, the results are a bit surprising and kinda scary. I’m not a microwave fan to start with. In fact, ours is in the laundry room. Vince uses it occasionally and I never use it.
The next time I was getting ready to pop some corn for a snack, I wondered how many people cook popcorn on the stove these days. We have an air popper that we use sometimes . . if Vince is in charge of popping the corn, but I’d much rather just use a pot on the stove. I wondered if our grandkids will ever see popcorn being cooked on the stove and then I wondered if it matters! Who cares how it’s cooked . . just so we enjoy popcorn and make it as healthy as we can. I’m not going to go so far as to say popping corn on the stove is becoming a lost art but it would be kinda sad if the whole world uses microwave popcorn and no one remembers making popcorn on the stove top!
Here’s how I do it.
I start with a little coconut oil in the bottom of a deep (6″ sides) skillet. Melt it but don’t get it real hot.
Add just enough popcorn to almost cover the bottom of the skillet. Stir the popcorn til it’s all been covered in the oil. You can add a little salt but even if I add salt at this point, I still need to add a little more once it’s done.
Place a lid on the skillet and shake the skillet from time to time, cooking over medium fire til the popping has almost stopped.
Add a little salt and maybe a little butter and enjoy fresh cooked on the stove popcorn!
Since I grind the popcorn to get cornmeal, we buy it in 45 pound tubs.
This year I’m going to try to grow some in the garden. We’ll see how that goes! One of the problems, aside from grasshoppers, is that we have so much wind that it’s real hard for corn stalks to stand up and they’re often blown completely over and then manage to uproot themselves but it’s worth a try.