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If you love popcorn, get one of these:
Cooks popcorn amazing and you don't have to use much oil at all! I use coconut oil and sprinkle on some nutritional yeast after cooking, very good popcorn!
Get one of these, makes great popcorn - Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper. The secret to movie theatre taste is using coconut oil to pop the corn in.
This model is exactly what I have. I believe I've seen the price come down as low as $30 at times on Amazon Canada.
If you want really easy, exquisite popcorn, I recommend getting a Whirley-Pop. It's a pot that allows you to stir up the bottom so that the popcorn doesn't burn. It's fantastic for making kettle corn!
In my country caramel popcorn is made all together. This is how I make it:
If you have a manual popcorn maker saucepan you can save the "shake vigorously" part, and ensure that you never, EVER, burn a single popcorn, and you don't break a sweat making it.
Hahhaha, I used the goat cheese Parmesan with dinner last night. ;)
It is similar to this but it was a super cheap one and I found it in a store.
This is what I use for Kettle Corn I got it as a gift and use it all the time!
Agreed, popcorn is great.
Protip: Buy loose kernels in bulk, pop them with one of these bad boys. Now you can pop popcorn/kettle corn perfectly, every time, even when the electricity goes out!!
Get yourself one of these. It makes the best popcorn around. Let me know if you want suggestions on types of popcorn to buy.
I picked up a Whirley Pop and have been roasting green coffee thru that, i added a thermometer but dont seem to use it much....
i read somewhere that green coffee lasts anywhere from 2yrs to 10yrs, but alas, i cant find citation
For stove top popcorn, try something like this
Get one of these and ensure you use this with it and it's exactly the same and much cheaper.
It takes about 5 minutes to make a large popcorn that's movie theater quality.
Real talk? A whirlipop popcorn maker, it makes the best damn popcorn I've ever tasted! I make a bowl or two a week and its amazing how consistently good it is. If you like your popcorn a bit saltier there's this stuff on Amazon called Flavacol which is the seasoning they add in theatre popcorn, I put about a teaspoon in with the oil & corn usually.
This is of course not factoring in the price of oil and kernels, let me just say that coconut oil will make the popcorn taste x10 better than any other kind of cooking oil.
The stove top popper is king. Pops every single kernel in 3 minutes, perfectly fluffy.
Stovetop roasting was probably the thing that got me into roasting my own coffee. I bought a whirleypop for $20 and got an aeropress to brew with. For about $120 I was making coffee that (I thought) was better than most local offerings and (for sure) better than grocery store brand coffee. Not to mention I was theoretically saving a lot of money because of how cheap greens were.
However, if you are willing to commit a bit more startup cash, I recommend the freshroast series of roasters as a much better method for controlling your roast profile.
As someone who is starting out, I'd say happy mug is the best supplier for greens. HM has nice coffees at good prices but Sweet Marias has a lot of unqiue vareitals and there's a number of really good coffees on there. The thing is that as a new roaster (and I am still in this category), you probably won't have the cupping skills or the roasting skills to appreciate all of the nuance that SM's beans offer, so HM is a better deal for $4.00/lb and 3-day flat rate shipping.
What are you brewing with?
I don't do cheat days I do cheat meals and try to make it work. For example my diet is set at 1800 calories and I try to eat 1000 up until dinner and have a nice dinner. Like I had 2 kfc chicken littles for dinner and I still made my goal for the day. Instead of movie theatre popcorn buy one of these [link] and some of [link] and some coconut oil. It tastes awfully similar and will be way less calories. Oh and it's way cheaper. Maybe skip the appetizer at applebees. Or maybe don't take a cheat day but, find a way to fit something bad into your budget every once in awhile. You won't feel like you are cheating
Try a whirl-y pop! like this
+1 on the Whirley Pop.
Or just get one of these [link] it a lot easier.
Thanks too. I've read that some use popcorn poppers but didn't realise they were much of a thing here ... some searches on amazon found the one you recommend, at $150!!!! [link]
But there is a cheaper one by another maker - it's smaller but the same design and seems decent quality. There are also electric ones, starting at around $40 - [link]
I'll see your airpopper and raise you one of these.
been roasting coffee about 3-4 months now. i dont use a auto roaster. i use a whirley pop with a hole drilled for a hi temp thermometer which i purchased from More Coffee
my heat source is a propane camping stove (yes have had the gas run out in middle of roast)
i chose the whirley pop to see if roasting was viable. and may upgrade to a expensive roaster
- fresh coffee, coffee begins to lose flavor once its roasted
- ability to pick the roast you want. a coffee can have different effects/taste when roasted differently (lighter roast = more caffeine)
- most green beans being sold are of a better quality than store bought
- green coffee stores from 2 yrs up to 10yrs (if stored properly, citation needed though)
- approx cost 3$-4$ lb
- lots of smoke; outside task
- takes about 5-10 mins to roast 1-1.5 lb of green beans in my rig (whirley pop) and i have to sit there the entire time stirring
- i feel like an organ grinder (have actually entertained the idea of playing organ grinder music while i roast...)
- freshly roasted beans need 1+ days to rest, breaks in service can happen if not monitored.
to sum up, yes a hobby, but if you love coffee, this will take you over the top. i find it relaxing and pleasing that i take the coffee basically from the farm to my cup. and i drinking some of the best coffees i have ever had.
presently i have coffees from farms in Peru, Bali, Sumatra, Columbia, Guatemala (the Colombian, Guatemalan, and Peruvian are organic micro lot coffees)
to counter the 'inferior product' comments...if u use my method, there is chance for error, but really....you can roast coffee in a cast iron skillet with a spoon to stir like they used to do in the old days. inferior product comes from inferior beans and not paying attention
as for the water weight lost question, i am not sure. but that aspect i didnt think was going to be that significant seeing how 3$-4$ a pound vs 7+$ for store bought bags
i use the Whirley Pop pop corn popper & a camp stove. works like a champ. best coffee ever
A Whirleypopper, you'll never even think about microwave popcorn again.
Get your self the best popcorn popper around. Then head over here and get some of the best popcorn you'll ever have. I suggest Rainbow Ladyfinger and baby white/yellow.
Amish country Popcorn.
Just this and this with a little salt is all you need. Splash in a little of this with regular oil of your choice for buttery goodness.
Amish country popcorn. I like baby white/yellow and rainbow ladyfinger. It's best popped in a Whirley-popper.
Whirleypopper and Amish country popcorn.
whirley pop FTW!
Get a whirleypopper and some Amish Country Popcorn. You'll never put shitty microwave popcorn in your mouth again.