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Adrian_Alucard t1_j1yow2y wrote

I do popcorns on the microwave, I don't use "conventional heating" (fire?)


NicNoletree t1_j1yr3rl wrote

I cook mine on a fire, individually, on skewers


LostMyKarmaElSegundo t1_j1zp0lk wrote

Artisan popcorn


SpecificAstronaut69 t1_j21sb6d wrote

Ugh. Do you know how many nutrients you lose doing that? Processed food is super bad for you.

I just eat the unpopped kernels straight from the bag, cold.


lilrabbitfoofoo t1_j1zma90 wrote

I'm not buying a separate device just to make popcorn, thanks.

The microwave is wonderful at this and I already have it.

Maybe this will matter to industrial suppliers of popped-corn.


SuperGameTheory t1_j1znxyk wrote

A long time ago I won a popcorn popper from a drawing. It lives on my kitchen counter where the device real estate is at a premium. It pulls its weight. Not only is it quick, but there's a lot less waste, no burnt kernels, it can make more in less time, and bulk popcorn kernels are a lot cheaper too. Plus, I can easily flavor the popcorn any way I want. Yesterday I had popcorn with butter, garlic, parm and a little bit of salt.


lilrabbitfoofoo t1_j1zobvq wrote

I notice how you didn't choose to buy one but got it for free. :)

And the rest of us can season our popcorn too when it comes out of the microwave...


SuperGameTheory t1_j1zoq96 wrote

Lmao yeah I would never have bought it outright. If it broke I'd probably try making popcorn in a stock pot and then give up and just buy another popper. I'm converted.


nooshaw t1_j202tbk wrote

Stir poppers are the best! When I found out the cancer causing PFAS found in microwave popcorn bags I changed to a popcorn maker. After several fails I landed on a Stir Crazy. Best dam popcorn maker! It is the only single use appliance I own. Another secret I discovered is to use coconut oil.


Realistic-Duck-922 t1_j20o8k6 wrote

Yeah Whirlly Pop or whatever works best for me. I used the other methods meh.


ben7337 t1_j20s4l8 wrote

Looking at them, I like how the bowl is integrated, but do you need to use oil with them? Does clarified butter burn with them? (I see many have butter melting areas, but melted butter isn't what you put on popcorn, you need clarified butter if you don't want it soggy. Plus adding oil to pop then butter on top of that seems like too much). Lastly it looks like they need cleaning after each use, unlike air poppers, is that right?


nooshaw t1_j21p4yt wrote

Yep. The bowl and stir pan cleanup quick and are dishwasher safe. I use coconut oil because I found out that is what Movie Theaters use and I wanted to get that original taste. But you can use whatever oil you prefer. The butter added from the top melts slow enough it doesn't cause any sogginess in my experience. If you're health conscience and don't want to use any oil or butter then stick with an air popper.


Fire2box t1_j21jnwa wrote

I just use a silicone popcorn bowl now then add melted butter and whatever seasonings I wish. Way better and I can buy mushroom popcorn now too.


lemmefixdat4u t1_j22t5v1 wrote

A few years back I was at a garage sale and found an old top-of-the stove popper with the handle that you crank as the popcorn pops. Magnet sticks to the pot, so I tried it on the induction stove. It makes the best popcorn in 2 minutes. And I don't know how "efficient" IR radiated poppers are, but 95% of the energy I put into the induction stove goes into the pot.

My wife still buys her microwave popcorn, because she hates washing the popper pot. I don't understand why it's so difficult. Wipe it out with a paper towel and put it away.


ifisch t1_j20bkbh wrote

How much popcorn are you eating?


SuperGameTheory t1_j20ov5i wrote

I can eat as much popcorn as I want! I'm a big boy now, mom! Stop telling me how to live my life! franticly shoves popcorn into mouth and bashes face into a stick of butter


stewsters t1_j20p1ko wrote

I have tried one of those but prefer the air popper. It's basically a vertical hairdryer you put the seeds in and when they pop the air current takes them out.

Much less waste and you don't need oil, so you can spend those calories of flavoring. Just don't overfill it.


richg0404 t1_j21w1ck wrote

I've got a similar type of popcorn popper and I love it.


oinklittlepiggy t1_j20rtlg wrote

Ive g9t a popper I bought my wife for her birthday last year.

We probably use it 2-3 times a week


LostMyKarmaElSegundo t1_j1zpe3x wrote

Microwave popcorn bags contain a lot of PFAS, apparently. And the flavoring/"butter" is a bunch of crap.

I make my popcorn in a pot on the stove with coconut oil. I can flavor it with actual seasonings and real butter. So much better than anything I've ever made in a bag.

Soon, I'll be getting an induction stovetop, so I don't imagine my popcorn consumption will a major contributor to climate change.


wufnu t1_j1zqoa9 wrote

I imagine some younger folks would be surprised to know you can make popcorn in a pan.

Or a cannon.


lilrabbitfoofoo t1_j1zq3ez wrote

I have a bag of popcorn from the microwave about once per year.

So, no, none of these things matter to me.

Maybe you all should cut down on the unnecessary carbs instead? :)


LostMyKarmaElSegundo t1_j1zsya6 wrote

Well, I only eat popcorn a few times a year at most. Which is part of why, if I'm going to make it, I want it to be as good as possible.

You're not wrong about the carbs though...


lilrabbitfoofoo t1_j1zwhe6 wrote

To each his own. I was just speaking up for the microwave popcorn contingent. :)


AudioHTIT t1_j1zt50z wrote

So you don’t really eat popcorn, but you’re pretty adamant about how the rest of us should cook it?


lilrabbitfoofoo t1_j1zwe53 wrote

Whoosh goes the point...right over your head.

Hint: You may have noticed that I was only talking about MY popcorn preferences and interests not advocating for anyone else's...unlike the OP article and all of the popcorn pedants posting replies.


Spencerbug t1_j1z8s2v wrote

… so a heat lamp?


SpecificAstronaut69 t1_j21s426 wrote

"Someday, we'll be making smoothies with electron-powered electromagnetic oscillatory blade receptacles."

"You mean a blender?"



Jman841 t1_j1ys4mi wrote

I use a bonfire with diesel fuel, this sounds like it will be a decent improvement.


majornerd t1_j1zcjhx wrote

I love that it instantly pops the corn, but it takes an hour to pick up each exploded kernel from the surrounding area.


ccurry84 t1_j1yzx5h wrote

I didn’t realize popcorn was so dangerous to the environment


user_uno t1_j1zj16u wrote

If we in the First World are down to how to make a bowl of popcorn safer for the environment, it would appear we've done very well on all of the bigger issues.


LostMyKarmaElSegundo t1_j1zpoaw wrote

Yep. We must have decommissioned all coal-fired plants and installed renewables with storage at a massive scale. We accomplished a lot since I went to sleep last night!



user_uno t1_j2123rt wrote

Renewables? I'm using fusion that was announced last week. And have high cap, high temp super capacitors in my cell phone cars now!


skankingmike t1_j20jq66 wrote

Coal plants can be and most are made with scrubbers that don’t cause much if any air pollution. The issue is mining coal not burning it in America. Around 95% of the air is pure. It’s not obviously the best and we shouldn’t be burning coal in 2023 in America but this is what happens when you need jobs for people in areas people moved too for them etc


OhMrAnger t1_j21f6z5 wrote

Scrubbers do nothing for carbon dioxide though, so from a climate change point of view burning coal is the worst thing you can do to make energy.


user_uno t1_j211rkp wrote

[cough] and [cough again]

Looking at you China and India.


skankingmike t1_j2120aw wrote

Ok but do they have regulations requiring it? No right so cough cough yourself. It’s idiotic to compare america to India or China. Like it’s not even a conversation to have. They don’t give two shits about the environment but love agreeing to shit they’ll never meet to make america look stupid.


user_uno t1_j216f4d wrote

Ok course they have NO regulations or agreements to curtail. Every global warming and energy conference gives them a full pass. Like China is a not a global economic powerhouse.

They laugh at the Western economies. We are stupid. Especially with the CCP who is bullying the rest of the world including militarily.


PacManFan123 t1_j1zbu64 wrote

My air popper from the 80's had an IR heating element. So what?


Realistic-Duck-922 t1_j20ogcb wrote


So dumb. Air fryers are convection ovens. Your oven is also a convection oven.



ben7337 t1_j20spih wrote

My oven doesn't have a convection option. My countertop toaster oven has an air fry function (basically making it a convection oven like you said). Unfortunately despite this function, it is far inferior to my actual air fryer when it comes to air frying food. There's a reason people buy dedicated air fryers vs using an oven with convection or air fry functionality imo, and it's not just about space and energy efficiency.


rebri t1_j1zo0sw wrote

The article says faster, but doesn't even mention how much faster. Most people already have a microwave. Buying a separate appliance only adds to the amount of greenhouse gases.


TheCh0rt t1_j1zdhoy wrote

I’ve been making my popcorn inside the core of a fission reactor so I’m already zero emission, you guys are all TERRIBLE at making popcorn!!!


ARAR1 t1_j1zwdos wrote

Hot air poppers have been around for decades?


DarkerSavant t1_j1zp9mg wrote

I’m not sure what the hate is over popcorn poppers but I have one and it pops movie theaters quality taste, in larger amounts than my microwave, and far cheaper than several microwave bags would cost. Also easier to flavor to taste. I’ll still use microwave popcorn if I want a quick bag but for a family a popper is amazing.


thxjones t1_j1zuv1a wrote

I used to have a microwave bowl to make popcorn much bigger than a bag


DarkerSavant t1_j20272l wrote

I didn’t know about those. Sounds useful. I’ll look it up.


thxjones t1_j1zumrt wrote

Sounds like the microwave


Elmore420 t1_j2009c7 wrote

No where close to as efficient as microwaves though.


Kidsturk t1_j20ljr9 wrote

I use microwave radiation personally.


anxcaptain t1_j21dk02 wrote

Making a whole new single taks appliance doesn't sound "environmentally friendly"


Fire2box t1_j21jd9c wrote

There's at least two diffrent versions of dedicated popcorn poppers already oil and air.


Zalenka t1_j1ztp1i wrote

Well it's easy to do on the stovetop and tastes better too.


peolorat t1_j1zxjse wrote

How is it more energy efficient that your standard induction stove where literally 100% of the energy used goes into the pan?


Santi838 t1_j201e98 wrote

I already have one. It’s basically a hair dryer with a hopper for the kernels


EasyReader t1_j209tru wrote

The planet is saved, we have a marginally more energy efficient way to make popcorn.


Jim-JM t1_j21bqug wrote

May have some commercial value but for the home it is complete resource waster.

Who is going to buy another single function kitchen appliance when you already have options in the kitchen that already do the job.


The manufacture and marketing of this is a complete waste.


whyreadthis2035 t1_j21mbbc wrote

On an industrial scale or home use? For home use, the specificity of function means another crappy disposable toy


BlackIce_ t1_j225ds6 wrote

Burners and a frying pan work just fine.


mintchan t1_j227x25 wrote

I made mine with collapsible silicone gadget in microwave. 1 spoon cold butter, 10 secs, salt and popcorn 3:10 minutes. Done. Why would anyone do any other method


bull1226 t1_j20hv9c wrote

Just what I need, another appliance.


Ok_Transition5930 t1_j22xvuh wrote

>It's fast, energy efficient, environmentally friendly

and kills birds and fries the brains(JK). The extent humans go, to prove their stupidity is superior than logic and science.LOL😂