Pantry Challenge Recipe #4: Stovetop Popcorn

I love snuggling up on the couch with a delicious bowl of freshly popped, buttery, salty popcorn.  It amazes me how many folks think you can't make popcorn unless you have 1. A special popcorn maker specifically created for the task or 2. A bag of kernels covered in orangey yellow powdered faux butter.  Turns out the best popcorn is made using the least expensive and obtrusive tools.

Making stovetop popcorn is so easy!  All you need is a pot, some kernels, a bit of vegetable or canola oil and a little bit of elbow grease.  The best part is you'll be eating real food, not something chemically engineered to fool your taste buds.

1. Turn burner on to medium heat.
2. Pour oil into the bottom of your pot so you have a thin layer of it covering the bottom of the pot.
3. Add enough popping corn to cover the bottom of the pot and toss it around a bit so the oil clings to the kernels.

4. Move the pot around atop the burner in small circles while it heats.
5. If you'd like take a break from this to rest your arm and heat some butter in the microwave.
6. Then get back to moving the pot in small circles.  After a few minutes you'll hear your first kernels pop... I know this is exciting, but don't stop moving the pot and DO NOT LIFT THE LID.
7. Once you notice the popping is slowing significantly remove the pot from the heat.
8. Open the lid and add your butter and some salt, if you'd like.  Put the lid back on and toss for an even coating.
9.  Eat!


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