Great Tasting Popcorn Anytime
Whether you have a large or small family, having popcorn on movie night or at anytime can be a wholesome treat for everyone. You might even own a Great Northern Popcorn machine to enjoy great tasting popcorn. This article on Great Norther Popcorn Recipe will provide some recipes and the proper ratio of oil to kernels you can use even if you don’t own a Great Northern popcorn popper.
Popcorn is a great snack and is healthy for you as well. Making your own popcorn just like you get in the movie theater is best as it gets.
Factors To Consider When Popping Popcorn
Owning a nice popcorn popper is great, but you need to consider some factors when using the popper for family time or anytime you want a good snack.
- Popcorn Kernels
In this machine you can use any type of oil to pop your favorite popcorn. Some of these options are:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Walnut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Canola Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Coconut Oil (Theaters Use This Oil)
Most owners tend to use coconut oil as it closely resembles theater popcorn as its popping. Use the oil that is best for you and your family. All of the oils listed are healthier than coconut oil as it has high saturated fat content.
The kernels come in many types of varieties. The two basic types of kernels are yellow or white. Just about every movie theater today uses yellow corn kernels. The biggest difference between yellow and white kernels is yellow kernels pop bigger as white pop smaller. White kernels tend to be more tender after popping when compared with the yellow popped kernels.
Yellow kernels are more healthier as it contains beta carotene which converts to vitamin A during digestion.
However, yellow kernels have a better taste. Also, 99% of the popcorn grown today is of the yellow variety. Whichever type you use, they will pop great in a kettle popping machine.
Generally speaking, salt can or not be used to flavor your popcorn. With a kettle machine, you would add the salt after all the kernels are done popping. Another option is to not use salt but your favorite seasoning. Or, just eat it as it comes out of the kettle without any salt or seasoning. Let your guests or family members decide. Either way, the popcorn will taste great.
Butter is an option to provide your guests or family members. You will need to melt butter while the popcorn is popping so it will be ready when the popping stage is finished. Kettle poppers do not have a butter slot to allow the butter to melt as the popcorn pops. Again, not all people may want to add any butter to their popcorn. Allow your guests and family members to decide.
Oil To Popcorn Kernels Ratio
The type of oil to kernel ratio will depend upon the type of kettle machine you have. Below are some of the suggested oil to kernels proportions to be used when making batches of popcorn.
Kettle Size 4 oz.: Use 1/4 cup oil with 1/2 cup of kernels
Kettle Size 6 oz.: Use 1/4 cup oil with 3/4 cup of kernels
Kettle Size 8 oz.: Use 1/3 cup oil with 1 cup of kernels
Kettle Size 12 oz.: Use 1/2 cup oil with 1 1/2 cups of kernels
Note: The user manual may recommend the proportions to use. If the manual does not state specifically, use the above proportions as a guide.
The popcorn recipes basically are determined by the type of oil you want to use in the kettle. Each of the oils mentioned above will emit a different flavor to the popcorn. You will have to experiment on which oil is the best one for you. Your taste buds will be the final authority.
Also, to enhance the flavor of popped popcorn, you can add salt, butter and other seasonings that can enhance the popcorn flavor.
When choosing your oil select the type that you like best and follow the ratio mentioned above for the amount of oil needed for a batch of popcorn based on the kettle size.
Please note that whenever you use a kettle machine to pop popcorn, never use honey or sugar in the popper as this will ruin the kettle.
Note: Stale popcorn can also alter the popcorn taste. To avoid this, after using the kernels for a batch, store the kernels in an airtight glass or plastic container. This step extends the life of the unpopped kernels. It’s recommended to use them within about two years of the production date, or about 6 to 12 months past the date on the label.
Benefits of Popcorn
In case you may not be aware, popcorn does have some benefits. It is high in several important nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and polyphenol antioxidants. Not only that, but it is also incredibly tasty and one of the world’s best sources of fiber. If you don’t use any butter it’s low in calories as well.
Adding Cheese or Caramel To Popcorn
Since you cannot add any sweeteners of any kind in the kettle while the popcorn is popping, you can, after the popcorn is fully popped, add cheese or other flavors to the popcorn. You can even add caramel to the popcorn and mix the cheese and caramel together for great tasting popcorn treat.
There is probably no one that doesn’t like to eat popcorn unless you are allergic to corn itself. Popcorn is a good healthy snack. Popcorn recipes are basically decided by the individual making the batch of popcorn for the family or guests by the type of oil and seasonings used.
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