Make Popcorn on the Stove!

Introduction: Make Popcorn on the Stove!

About: Currently a sophomore at NCSU studying computer science. I enjoy making things, hacking things, building electronic circuits, and cooking!

Making popcorn in the microwave is EASY, but it's no fun! Popcorn cooked over the stove is so much more fun, cheaper, and in my opinion it tastes a lot better!

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Step 1: Ingredients

You only need two food items, and one other thing:
  • Popcorn seeds
  • Canola Oil
  • Large Pot with Lid

Step 2: Add the Oil

Add oil to the pot until it just covers the surface of the bottom.

Step 3: Add the Seeds

Now sprinkle seeds in the oil until they cover the bottom of the pan.

Step 4: Cook!

***Please don't forget to put the lid on the pan!***

Set the stove to high and shake the pot a little to spread out the seeds. When the oil starts to bubble, start shaking the pan back and forth. Once the popcorn starts popping at a steady pace, you can just start shaking occasionally. Once the popping slows, pick it up a few inches from the heat. If you're using a pot the size of the one I'm using, it'll get about halfway full. After popping stops, put the pot in the sink to cool it.

Step 5: Eat It!

Now pour the popcorn in a bowl slowly so that you can stop pouring if the bottom layer of popcorn was burned. Now go sit down, turn on a movie, and eat!

Step 6: Hurricane Laser Cutter

Now, since this is in the Hurrican Laser Cutter Contest, I need to tell you what I would do with one of their amazingly cool and awesome and robotic laser cutters.

First of all, I like to do papercraft. Now I am using a hobby knife to cut all the pieces out, which makes it look terrible and is very time-consuming.

I also like to do some woodworking, and this would allow me to make precise cuts on my projects.

Third, my dad runs a service called Memory Links ( and has to send his pieces off somewhere to get them laser engraved. My dad would most likely be very excited if I took the laser cutter to his office so he could manufacture his own Memory Links.

Fourth, I make paracord bracelets and have been wanted to put dog tags on them. I have the dog tags, just no way to put custom messages on them.

Wow, I have a lot of uses for a laser cutter! Please vote for me!

Wait! One last thing. I will also post an instructable on everything I do with the laser cutter if I win it!


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