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Yep, like this. I own that one, and it's not even one of the better poppers out there. It works for me though. I use that and a metal sifter and just put the beans in the sifter and turn it while the popper is on.
I tried to find the link on the Sweet Maria's forum where I found this but the link is now dead. I'm sure you could find it somewhere out there on the net though.
Also if you have access to a real roaster than you are in luck, serious luck. The only downside of using a popcorn popper is that you can only roast about half a cup of green beans at a time. Enough for about 5 double shots for me.
That being said, the biggest reason for me is costs. Happy Mug has this Huehuetenengo for $4ish and it's just the best.
So, um, cooking popcorn in a pot is a pain in the ass. Use an air popper. 20 bucks and you don't have to sit there watching it. (fair warning: you might have to clean up stray kernels or popcorn pieces if you don't have a large enough bowl.)
And for those of you who see time as money: this popcorn maker is a good investment. Occasionally it will go on sale for $10 (which is how much I paid for mine). It's nice because you can basically put the popcorn in, go do something else, and just listen.
I completely agree with OP, popcorn is the best frugal snack ever. You can pay $3 for a bag of potato chips or you can pay $2 for a huge bag of popcorn kernels that, when popped, basically equals... Idk, like 25 bags of chips? Just add butter and salt (or whatever seasoning you like, but with an air popper you can't use oil, so I like to melt a bit of butter for mine), and it's a great snack! (Not to mention a much healthier alternative to chips).
Here's what I did, just to give you an idea of what, specifically, you can do. It's shockingly simple. And I couldn't believe it worked like it did.
Me: Male, 303lb. starting weight. Completely sedentary at the start. Current weight: 279. Feeling better. First positive doctor's visit in a very long time just happened.
In the beginning, for me "eating healthy and exercising meant "counting calories, and walking". Not much has changed.
My first days:
Set calorie limit to 2000 a day. Stick to it. Not hard. Surprisingly.
Use cheap food scale from Amazon to weigh food.
Stop drinking soda.
Drink at least three pints of water a day. Add lemon juice. Seriously, after quitting soda, it helps get the water down. I actually look forward to the taste now.
Walk a few miles a day (I started doing 5 miles a day...but that was too much).
GET DECENT WALKING SHOES. Go to a really good running store, and have them analyze your gait. This will help you decide what kind of shoes to buy. If all the shoes they have are too expensive for you, go to another store. Someone will have something affordable meant for someone like you walk in.
Stretch before walking. I use these exercises. There are literally hundreds of stretching videos you can check out and see which works for you.
Things that help:
Don't deny yourself everything that you like. Count calories and have a bit of your favorite things. I often surprise myself now with actually being able to stop. I guess it's kind of feeding the monster a bit. But when you stay on top of it, it's not that big of a deal.
I tried cheat days. They're kind of dumb for someone like me. There will come a day almost every week when I'm out with friends or family and not able to count accurately for one reason or another. So those ones become my cheat. Thing is, eating decent for the rest of the week doesn't make it a terrible destructive event. A small setback, but one from which you can recover quickly if you keep the right mindset.
I think cutting out soda was, no lie, the first 20 pounds of weight loss.
The exercise (10,000 steps a day, now 11,000) I track with a Fitbit Charge HR. Some people hate them. But it worked for me. If you can't afford one, ask for one as a gift from someone who has been bugging you to lose weight. Someone actually sent me one as a gift, and I was kind of insulted...until I got my brains in straight and realized they were just trying to save my life.
Learn that protein (chicken breast, small handfuls of nuts, cottage cheese, yogurt, even a few slices of lunch meat) are MUCH more filling than carbohydrate snacks like chips and candy. MUCH. Some of them aren't super "healthy"...but they help fill you up if you're in trouble.
Don't let yourself get hungry. This is a big one. I am in danger of bingeing when my energy/resistance is low, and I'm hungry. If my energy/resistance is low, but I'm not hungry, I find myself reaching for healthy stuff like Fuji apples or a chocolate banana shake (banana, cup of almond milk, tablespoon unsweetened cocoa, dash of vanilla, ice cubes, blend, sweet chocolate heaven that saves my ass constantly) that help kill cravings and fill me up.
Find substitute foods. My main standbys are fake cookie dough and air-popped popcorn with 0-calorie butter spray and a little sprinkle of salt. (Some folks will tell you the butter spray isn't great for you, and they're kind of right...but it helps me eat something relatively decent instead of a whole bag of Doritos. So I allow myself the indulgence.)
And yes, read the FAQ. But I'll tell you something: I'm the jag-off who hates FAQs, and I learned more from asking the real-life people in this sub. Somehow, when someone tells me something, or shares their real-life experience and challenges, it sticks in my head. So do that. Ask questions. The people here tend to be very understanding, especially if you're already started and curious about some aspect of what you're trying to do.
And remember this: if you're in college, you have a chance. I'm 40, and I'm just trying to get healthy now. That was a ridiculously stupid thing to do. Give yourself the gift of change you're ready for.
Have I got a surprise for you! Or if you're lazy like me. No microwave required!
These popcorn poppers are amazing!! You can even buy the oil/ butter flavor stuff! I use a ton of regular butter because IDGAF and it's delicious but for me, this whole set up is better than movie theater popcorn. Just sayin!
You're much better off springing for a popcorn popper; the agitation will help you get a much more even roast.
For one, it's popped the "regular way" and the butter flavor is likely different. Even though it's super unhealthy, buy microwave popcorn with "movie theater butter flavor", and that should taste more similar.
On a related note, I use an air-popper (I use the #1 Best-Seller on Amazon) and I love it. It is much cheaper in the long run. The downside though is you have to apply butter/olive oil/coconut oil/peanut oil and salt after the fact, which takes some added time. Stove popping is also good, but I don't want to deal with cleaning a pot every time I make popcorn. I use extra virgin olive oil because it's healthier and it still tastes good (different type of taste than movie theater butter flavor, but still good). If you want to air-pop and want "movie theater flavor", you can buy Orville Redenbacher's Buttery Popping/Topping Oil.
Your best bet is probably to do it yourself. Get a popcorn popper like this one if you don't plan to do more in the future. And then check out this guide.
They're great! And alarmingly unheard of, apparently.
Never heard of people doing it with an air fryer. Lots of people use a popcorn popper, and it seems similar.
And an air popper is cheap, too
Save 84¢ and get the red and black model.
Get one of these, it just uses hot air, no stovetop required.
Pretty sure it is this one
If you want to opt for a more cheaper route then you could go the the popcorn popper method. I looked around Amazon and they're fairly cheap. This popper costs $15 + Shipping.
Not as frugal as using your already-existing microwave, but I remember using one of these hot-air poppers as a kid.