Posts tagged: 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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Popcorn, The “Homesteader’s” Nemesis

By , May 20, 2013

We, like many Americans, love our popcorn.

For us, it goes beyond the occasional snack. When my older brother, David, and I were very young, Mom decided that Sunday evening meals would be our choice. We chose popcorn. Sunday night became a high point of our week, because we not only got popcorn for dinner, but we got to eat this dinner in the living room, in front of the television, watching The Wonderful World of Disney.

Eventually, as we grew older, we augmented the weekly popcorn meal with a sandwich or other heartier fare, but the acceptability of popcorn as an occasional meal continues to this day. It doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrition, but, made in adequate quantities, it makes a filling and pleasant meal now and then.

Unfortunately, popcorn has its dark side: unpopped kernels, known by the rather vulgar nickname, “old maids.” Continue reading 'Popcorn, The “Homesteader’s” Nemesis'»

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