Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

How do you make popcorn? In a bag in the microwave? With a popcorn popper? What if I told you that you could make popcorn the old-fashioned way with just a pot and some oil? In fact, I’ve never used a popcorn popper in my home. If you learn to make it on the stove top, it will mean one less piece of kitchen equipment for you to store. We do make microwave popcorn also. But when you make popcorn the old-fashioned way, it might even be less expensive too.

Popcorn is a tasty snack. We like to enjoy it together as a family on Sunday evenings. I often serve it with butter on it, and seasoned salt. Or the “orange salt”, as we call it at our house. 🙂 It’s so easy to make popcorn the old-fashioned way with just about any pot you might own. I usually use a 4-quart or larger kettle to make mine though. Also make sure to choose a pot with a lid that fits.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

I buy popcorn kernels in a 1-2 lb bag. I’ve even been able to buy them at Aldi’s before. But you should be able to get them at most grocery stores. I use canola oil for popping them, however I am sure most any oil would work satisfactorily.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

To get started I place my pot on a burner, and pour in my oil. I generally do not measure this step, but I attempted to quantify it for this post. So around 3-4 tablespoons of oil should be sufficent. It should cover at least three-fourths of the bottom of the pot. I then add two kernels of popcorn to the pot as well, and turn the burner to medium high.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

Next I place the lid onto the pot. And then I will wait until both kernels have popped. This tells me the oil is heated sufficiently for popping the popcorn. So I now pour in enough kernels to cover the majority of the bottom of the pot. If you don’t put in enough kernels the popcorn may end up tasting a little oily. And on the flip side, if you add too many, the lid may start lifting off the pot as the popcorn overfills it. But with a little practice you will get it figured out. It’s really no biggie if you put in a little too many kernels, as I have done it frequently myself.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

Again replace the lid, and keep an ear out listening to that popping. It will start slowly. Then it will be a steady, rapid popping for only a few minutes. Towards the end it gradually begins slowing down. When you aren’t hearing a lot of popping noises, it’s time to remove it from the burner. Otherwise, you may end up with some burnt popcorn. And you want perfectly made fluffy popcorn.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

Carefully dump the hot popcorn into a large bowl. Of course the choice of toppings to add are totally up to you. But while the pot is still warm you can use it to melt butter for your popcorn. Just wipe out the leftover pieces of kernels and oil with a paper towel. Then toss 2 tablespoons of butter into the pot and let it melt.

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way  Making popcorn the old-fashioned way

After the butter has melted, drizzle it over the popcorn. I stir the popcorn while I am doing this to get the butter more evenly distributed. Then all that’s left is to add the seasoned salt or whatever other topping you like. Get started munching, and pretend you are an old-fashioned pioneer from Little House on the Prairie this fall and winter!

Making popcorn the old-fashioned way



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26 thoughts on “Making Popcorn The Old-Fashioned Way

  1. Love this way of making popcorn! So easy and quick! 🙂

    1. Thanks Shamira! Got any good roping ideas for me to try?

      1. Unfortunately, no. I always make the tried and tested method of using butter just like you showed 🙂 But I have seen some delicious recipes on Pinterest (haven’t tried any though)

        1. Pinterest is great isn’t it?1 🙂

  2. Yum. My husband really loves popcorn. Good tutorial.
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    1. Thank you. Nice to have you visit!

  3. My mother used to make popcorn for us the old fashioned way when we were kids – this brings back memories! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

    1. Learned from my mom too Jelica!

  4. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty. I look forward to what you will share next week! We hope you’ll come back again next Thursday when we open our doors at 9:00 AM EST. Pinned, Yummed, Tweeted!

  5. Nice step by step for those of us new to the process. I think it’s important to remember that we can cook without the microwave 😉 #homemattersparty

    1. Thanks Crystal. Although I wouldn’t want to live without my microwave!

  6. Wow…you can make popcorn without using the microwave? LOL…kidding, sort of. I’ve never tried to do it this way but maybe I’ll experiment a little. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

    1. LOl, I use both ways, microwave and stovetop. Stove top is nice if you want to make homemade caramel corn though!

  7. Yum! We make popcorn this way. Our favorite topping is garam masala and seasoning salt! But I’ve also made cinnamon and sugar when my sweet tooth is acting up. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

    1. Never thought of garam masala! I need to branch out, but I tend to stick to what I know I like.

  8. I have an old “Stir Crazy” popcorn popper that I got 20+ years ago. I still use it! THEN after it is popped I make it into caramel corn! 🙂

    1. Homemade caramel corn….I tend to eat too much. 🙂

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  15. I love popcorn, especially in the winter! Thanks for showing how to do it the old way. Also, thanks for hosting the Family Joy Blog Link Up!

    1. You’re welcome. Glad to have you visit.

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