Retro-Popcorn

By , April 11, 2019

We’re experiencing an odd shift in the family’s popcorn making lately: we’re starting to make retro-popcorn.

By that, I mean that we’ve stepped away from our most frequent methods for making popcorn, and returned to older methods.

When I was a kid, we traditionally ate popcorn for Sunday night dinner. Part of the evening’s entertainment included watching the process of making popcorn.

Like most American homes in the 1960s, we had a clear plastic domed hot plate popcorn popper. A parent poured popcorn into a puddle of vegetable oil and plugged the hot plate into the household electricity. The element heated the oil, and eventually the popcorn popped. My brother and I watched carefully for the first kernels to pop, followed soon after by all the rest.

Whirly-Pop popcorn popper

One of three Whirly-Pop-type popcorn poppers we have on the homestead (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Monthly Movie for April

By , April 8, 2019

Here’s the Zeiger Family Homestead Monthly Movie for April.

This close to the arrival of herring, I’d hoped for whales, or at least sea lions in the shot, but everything stayed quiet most of the day. If you watch carefully, in the final seconds you can see Michelle over in the garden, getting it ready for planting.

We just clouded up after a period of sunny weather. It even snowed on Thursday, not enough to accumulate, but noticeable, in April!

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