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A good, big, pot of old-fashioned stovetop homemade popcorn is one of the most wonderful things, don’t you think?
I have fond memories of my dad making popcorn this way when I was young. As I grew older (think: college years) microwave popcorn was so much easier, so the old ways took a backseat. Well, they eventually took back over the driver’s seat and now it’s all I make. Oh, I’ll occasionally pick up the microwave stuff for my kids. But truly, almost never.
Why? Because the homemade version is SO much better and SO stinkin’ easy!
Tasty and Flavorful
When my dad used to make stovetop popcorn, he used vegetable oil, so that’s how I always made it. Then, several years ago, when coconut oil became all the craze, I tried it with that. YUM!
But… it gets better!
I have discovered that using half coconut oil and half (are you ready for this?)… bacon grease is the secret.
I’m telling you, it’s out of this world good. I tried it with all bacon grease, but it got a little smoky up in here. No, half and half is the secret.
And friends, if you don’t currently have a jar of bacon grease in your fridge…get to it! When I cook bacon, I simply pour the grease into my jar and stash it back into the fridge. There are lots of ways to use it, but popcorn is my all time fave.
Once your oils have melted, add your popcorn, being sure that you have enough oil to cover the kernels in the bottom of your pot.
Slap on that lid and no peeking!
Remember to keep moving your pot to avoid burning…there’s not much worse than the sad smell of burnt popcorn. It’s like if a ruined evening had a scent.
Sometimes I overestimate the amount of kernels to add? Just me?
I dump mine into this gigantic (and I do mean gi-gan-tic) aluminum bowl from Ikea. It’s the biggest one they sell. But it’s perfect for holding enormous amounts of popcorn when, for example, you have popcorn for dinner or are hosting a girls movie night.
Leftovers (if there are any) sit on our island the next day…just begging for you to snatch a handful as you walk by or are looking for a little snack. (Do be cautious about the seeds, they can crack a tooth–ask me how I know).
I like mine with just a hefty sprinkling of Kosher salt.
What’s your favorite way to eat homemade popcorn?