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Can you pop microwave popcorn on a stove?

After I found the pack of microwave popcorn again I decided to do a quick search on the English web. I found that the corn in the bag is just normal popcorn mixed with some fake butter and that there'...
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Can I make popcorn with any corn?

The answer it seems is - no, you can't just use any variety of corn. It seems that you need in particular a hard shell around the kernel that is not present in sweetcorn varieties. I also suspect ...
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Can I make popcorn with any corn?

It's a children's book, but The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola is actually a very comprehensive summary on the history and science of popcorn. Popcorn pops because the kernels contain small amounts ...
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Products that can be microwaved and "pop" just like popcorn

Popcorn should be considered one of "nature's little miracles" - & a way to make a huge profit out of air. Yes, you can pop other dried grains/seeds, but don't expect anything quite so ...
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Why does the second bowl of popcorn pop better in the microwave? And how can I capitalize on that?

You might need to experiment a bit, but my guess is your bowl [or lid] isn't perfectly transparent to microwaves & is itself heating. In effect that's 'wasting' the microwaves. Second time the ...
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Can I make popcorn with any corn?

No, you need popping corn. Popcorn works because it contains the right kind of starch; it has a hard husk that is quite waterproof; it contains the right amount of moisture (14–20%, according to ...
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Why does the second bowl of popcorn pop better in the microwave? And how can I capitalize on that?

I am as surprised as you are, and as curious, frankly. By proceeding systematically we should be able to find an answer. Something that is involved in the process has been changed by preparing the ...
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Make popcorn: Cover fully or not?

I have a theatre-style popcorn machine that lets the steam escape (ever so slightly) as the pot is overflowing. When I want to make a smaller batch, I do it the old-fashioned way: in a fully covered ...
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Can I make popcorn with any corn?

In Bolivia we have this kind of giant popcorn, called "Pasankalla": I do not know what type of corn is used to create it, but obviously is not the same one used to create ordinary popcorn. Bon ...
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Can you roast soybeans directly in a popcorn popper or microwave?

No, you can't cook dried beans just by roasting them. All this would do is it dry them out even more and that wouldn't make them more edible. Indeed, dried beans are used as baking beans to weigh down ...
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How do I flavor popcorn with a minimal amount of fat?

While movie theaters do often add flavoring agents (e.g. Flavacol) during cooking, that's not all they do for seasoning— they also use popcorn salt which is simply extremely finely ground plain salt. ...
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How hot does popcorn need to be before it pops?

Ovens generally convey heat too slowly to be ideal to pop popcorn to understand why let's get into the science of how popcorn pops. Popcorn pops that the boiling point of water inside the kernel at ...
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What are the important traits of a good popcorn machine for home use?

There are three non-microwave ways to pop popcorn: an air popper a plug-in dome popper a stovetop popper Each of these makes different popcorn. The air popper uses no fat, though if you're going ...
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Products that can be microwaved and "pop" just like popcorn

Popcorn doesn't pop particularly well in the microwave oven. The bag the popcorn is in has a little metal patch to make it work better. You can't just throw popcorn in the microwave and pop it. Hot ...
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Suggestions for binding together popcorn into large, edible structures?

We ended up using straight corn syrup heated to soft ball stage. Two critical factors were (1) use the right proportions and (2) do the mixing/coating inside a big wok to keep it from cooling before ...
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Are poppers better than a paper bag for making popcorn in microwave?

I have used some of the poppers which use "concentration disks" made by several sources, and will say I have had much better results with them than paper bags. Popping time tends to be fairly ...
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How do I replicate the taste of prepopped movie theater popcorn?

There's a different variety of popcorn used for pre-made popcorn, as it comes out more spherical and thus less prone to breakage once it dries out. I've always seen it called 'mushroom popcorn'. I'...
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Popping corn on an electric stove

I've always popped my popcorn on an electric stove, and the kernels turn out fully-popped and delicious. Here is my technique: I heat a deep pot on high heat and melt coconut oil inside. I throw one ...
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Why is my microwave popcorn burned and undercooked at the same time?

Well if it is burning some of the popcorn I'd say that means it is going for too long or you are setting power too strong, otherwise it wouldn't burn. If there's still unpopped corn at the end, then ...
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Popping corn on an electric stove

I managed a movie theater in my youth, went to culinary school some years later, was a chef for a little while at a bar which I occasionally served popcorn, and have just moved into an apartment with ...
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What do you call this Chinese Popcorn Cooking mechanism?

Chinese Puffing Gun You can see one for sale on dhgate for $600 You can see it in use here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiD3YJD2RVU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baQT0pwvXKQ
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How do I flavor popcorn with a minimal amount of fat?

I use a little spritzer bottle that I fill with Braggs aminos or nama shoyu or coconut enzymes. Just spay a little on as it comes out of the popper. It provided a tad of moisture to then sprinkle on ...
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How hot does popcorn need to be before it pops?

This worked for us: open the oven at 210°C. Close the door and wait for the first pop (about 5 mins), then open the door and stir, close the door again and watch it pop until finished. Or microwave ...
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How to cook popcorn from frozen popcorn kernels?

I've done this a few times now. It works, straight from the freezer, no defrosting required. Here are some observations, based on cooking the kernels in a stove-top metal saucepan with a little ...
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Dry seasoned popcorn in oven

Yes, oven drying is fine. Depending on how much liquid is on the popcorn, 15-30 minutes at 300 F should work. Mix the popcorn around a couple of times during this process. Keep in mind that hot ...
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Suggestions for binding together popcorn into large, edible structures?

As @rumtscho wrote, you likely can't make puffed corn the way your popcorn cakes are made. You might want to look into recipes for popcorn balls or similar recipes for different kinds of candy-covered ...
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What is a good substitute for cheddar powder?

Both of those options could certainly work. Both are dehydrated powders that consist primarily of dehydrated cheese. Which one is better is going to be a matter of taste. The Kernel Seasons is ...
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Jaw Shattering popcorn

The fault is with your cooking process or the freshness of your kernels. The process I use is one an old chef taught me several decades ago. You will need popcorn (fresh because age dries out the ...
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How to reduce microwave power to prevent burned popcorn?

I make plain popcorn in paper sandwich bags all the time. I find that if I soak the kernels in water for 10 minutes before draining and popping them they don't burn and actually pop better (lighter ...
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