Step 3: Shake

Start shaking the pan once you hear kernels starting to pop. Shaking the popcorn while cooking is important. It keeps everything evenly cooking, and also makes the kernels fall under the already popped corn, where they have a better chance of popping.

I found that taking a dish drying towel and putting it on top of the pan so that it covers both handles and the knob on the lid helps with this, because if you keep the towel tight enough you can lightly shake it without worrying if the lid is going to come off.

Be careful. There is hot oil in the pan and you don't want to get burned accidentally.

I don't recommend opening the pan while it's popping, or you might get popcorn all over your stove.
<p>The secret: enough oil to cover the popcorn to it's own depth (about 1/2 inch oil). (I know. Every other recide says a few tablespoons of oil. NOT ENOUGH. the oild has to be covered + to make this recipe foolproof. Put it in, put in the popcorn, turn the heat on high, and wait. When it starts popping, shake very lightly. The popcorn floats on the oil, so it doesn't get oil-soaked. When it stops popping, or the pan is filled {I always use a glass cover} turn off the heat, wait a moment for the residual popping to stop, skim off the popcorn on top, and throw away the few kernels left and the residual oil. Flavor it if you like, but it is delicious all by itself.</p>
My two young cousins love it!!!!!
<p>So glad it worked out for you! :)</p>
Love it! Two cousins are sleeping overand we are going to watch narnia this will be nice I am using it right now
If you want to copy a little bit of that &quot;kettle corn&quot; flavor, toss a table spoon of sugar into the corn while it's nearly all popped, and shake it like you're crazy. Comes out with a really great light glazing of candy coating.<br><br>A note though. Sugar burns quick, so don't do it too early, and don't let it be in there too long.
What's a popcorn machine? Just kidding. I use the pot method also! We use a teflon pot. Popcorn makes great cheap cereal also. Milk, bananas, and, popcorn. to die for.
This is the way I do it too - absolutely foolproof. :)
Nope, disagree, one out of three times it leaves black stains on the bottom of the pot. <br> <br>that is why I microwave them.

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