Why Throwing Popcorn In A Fire Is Bad
Popcorn By Fire
I do not only love gourmet popcorn, I also love to cook outdoors. I am always firing up the grill or the fire pit to create something tasty and smoky and am always looking to pick up the next gadget or goodie to make the experience that much more fun. Alas I have too many gadgets apparently, or so my wife tells me, but luckily my mother in law also loves her outdoor fire pit from the spring thaw until the flakes begin to fly. She uses it as a spot to sit back and enjoy a cup of tea and relax or to gather her grandchildren and burn a few marshmallows. I enjoy finding new tools and gadgets she can use for her fire pit and actually just bought her this set for her birthday:
Oh the fun those kids will have now!
My next purchase is going to be a popcorn maker (big surprise) that she can use on the fire pit. She tried to use Jiffy Pop the other night and ended up tearing out the bottom of the pan and watching popcorn, grease, and half popped kernels either flame out or explode out as they popped. It was quite a scene from I have heard, including a failed rescue attempt by my father in law with the garden hose.
This episode put me to thinking of growing up and having a cast iron popper with a mesh body to hold the kernels with a long handle so you could keep yourself from cooking along with the popcorn. It was fun to hear those first few kernels pop and then a cascade of popping until the mesh enclosure was bursting with fresh white popcorn. Oh my the small was incredible and luxurious. When we used it in the house on the regular style burner I was always fascinated by the little sparks that would flash out every so often as you shook the popper on the burner, it was too cool for a kid that had never seen a video game.
My current experiences with my regular Whirley-Pop from Wabash Valley Farms has been nothing but awesome. The popper works without any flaws and always produces some tasty corn with very little cleanup fuss. I was excited to find this available:
Just to be honest, that is not me in the picture, but they sure look like they are having fun. (It is my affiliate linked pictured to the Amazon site if you are interested in some more info on this popper.)
I like these features:
Long handle for easier access to a fire pit
Telescoping handle for storage
Classic Whirley-Pop quality and design
Sturdy and easy grip handle
I recommend as always, using coconut oil when making popcorn with this unit as well as finding some nice gourmet quality popcorn that is fresh.
Remember your safety and have a bowl or two ready with your toppings because this unit pumps out four quarts in 5-6 minutes and it is some kind of hot and ready to be topped.
I hope you get out there and build a nice fire, in an approved fire pit in a safe manner, and start popping some delicious gourmet popcorn. Feel free to post your experiences here on the site!
If you have a serious love of outdoor cooking and gadgets beyond popcorn you might like this web site: Outdoor Cooking Products He has some fantastic recipes (I recommend the chicken wings) and a ton of great ideas for outdoor cooking if you sign up for his newsletter.
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