Friday, August 18, 2006

Information on... Popcorn!

What starts with "p" and ends with "orn"? POPCORN of course!

Most popcorn bought in microwavable pouches contains dairy, so vegans cant eat it. However, it is very easy to make popcorn on your own, on the stovetop.

All you need is some unpopped kernals (sold in supermarkers, co-ops etc usually in the snack isle or baking goods isle) and canola oil.

The hardest part about making popcorn on the stove (without a popcorn maker) is that very few kernals make a lot of popcorn. If you put to many kernals in, the lid will come off and you'll have a very big mess (it happened to me my first time). I did all the guesswork so you'll make the PERFECT amount of corn for your pan :)

Here's the simplest way to make popcorn in a saucepan:

1) Put 2 TBS of canola oil in a 2-quart saucepan, high heat.
2) Add 3 1/2 TBS of unpopped kernals to the saucepan and cover.
3) Once corn starts to pop, lower heat to medium/medium-high, and vigorously shake pan every few seconds so that the corn doesnt burn.
4) Once all corn is popped (it will fill right up to the lid and you wont hear very many popping sounds) remove from heat and pour into a large bowl.
5. Optional: In the pan heat some EarthBalance or other vegan spread and pour over popcorn. (You can also add semi-sweet chips, yum!)

The best part about making popcorn at home is that you can control the salt and fat content. Also, the kernals pop VERY quickly. Once they start popping it only take 30 seconds for them all to be popped. (Unlike microwave popcorn, where all the kernals are in there for 3 or 4 minutes and by the time they all pop half your popcorn is burnt.)

Best of all, homemade popcorn tastes the freshest!

Happy popping!


Candi said...

Hi Allie! I saw your link on the Vegan Club blog and thought I'd pop by and say hello!

I have a dog Oreo too! :P Yours must love to play in the snow out there in Vermont!

t. said...

MY experience with popcorn:
imagine cartoon like images of foam getting out of an overloaded washing machine and invading the house. Just it is not foam: it is pop corn! Oh dear!!!

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