But microwave popcorn has its serious limitations:
1) tastes definitively like microwaved popcorn
2) always too much or too little popcorn (depending on size of bag and mood)
3) it ain't cheap
4) my boyfriend doesn't have a microwave!!!!
What's a girl to do??
The stove! I have one oh those!
I'd like to say I remember this from my childhood and it brings back warm fuzzies of ski lodges and family game nights. But no, we had an air popper - a cumbersome, mono-utility device, that while awesome, I refuse to spend money on just to try and find more space in my tiny apartment kitchen to store.
But hey, I've got a stove. And a pot! How can I take these simple things and use them to make my favorite snack? With oil and salt I already have, and a bag of popcorn (they sell it by the kernels now!) I can buy for about $1 and get 6 servings from! Six of those big-bag-size servings that I still can't finish.
I wonder why I don't just pop less corn?
This instructable will show you a simple way to save money, control portion size and additives, and generate free entertainment!
Step 2: Heat the stove
If you are using a gas stove, you can do this after you've added oil to the pan. I prefer to do it first on an electric stove to give it time to heat up.
Step 3: Add the oil
If you are making a little popcorn, just barely cover the bottom.
The more popcorn, the more oil.
Step 4: Add salt (opt.)
I doubt that's how it happens, but it seems more fair to the kernels than just dumping it on post-pop, and all the best for whoever's on top.