Friday, September 10, 2010

Kettle Corn

We don't buy microwave butter popcorn.

But we have spent a small fortune on microwave kettle corn. And kettle corn from the fair.

Last week I went looking for a kettle corn recipe. And was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make.

Maybe a little too easy. We've made it every day for a week.

Here's what you need:
Large pot with a tight fitting lid - I use a five quart pot
1/4 cup oil - I use canola, although I've read lots of recommendations for peanut oil
1/3 cup sugar - I use slightly less than 1/3 cup and it's plenty sweet. I do half brown/half white sugar.
1/2 cup corn kernals
3/4 tsp kosher salt - Or 1/2 tsp if you're not a salt maniac like me.

Heat the oil in the pot over high heat until shimmery.

Put three kernals in and wait for them to pop.

Turn the heat down to medium, add sugar and kernals, stir it all up and put the lid on.

Turn the heat up to medium-high, and give the pot a good shake.

Return the pot to the heat and give it a couple shakes every 3-4 seconds until all the corn is popped (about 3 minutes).

Immediately dump the popped corn into a large bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the popped corn, give it a good stir, and it's ready to go!


  1. Oh boy...I did not need to learn about this! :) Sounds yummy. Your girls are adorable!

  2. who needs an air popper when you have a big pot. Our favorite is cheesy pop corn made in a similar fashion with extra sharp cheddar or hot pepper cheese. The only difference is the cheese goes on after the kernals have popped. and cooled for just a few seconds.

  3. Ok, so I must be really dumb. I tried this recipe and it took me 3 times and the 3rd batch was still burned and half the kernals didn't pop. What did I do wrong?

  4. Saramarie - Try turning the heat down a bit more and shaking it a little more every 3-4 seconds. That should decrease the burning. I don't know why your kernals aren't popping - is it old popcorn? If it hasn't been kept in an airtight container, it can dry out and it needs the moisture to pop. Anyway, I dump it out of the pot when the popping has slowed, so some kernals will not have popped, but certainly not half.

    Good luck!