September 21, 2016

Stovetop Popcorn

I've done this TWICE ever in my life, so that makes me qualified to blog about it, right?  This is SUCH a fun afternoon snack/activity to do with kids, and we love to pop it up and then grab a book to read aloud.

Currently we're reading Farmer Boy, which was the inspiration to snack on popcorn in the first place.

3 tbsp coconut oil (avocado oil works too, but I don't recommend olive oil, simply because it's more inclined to burn)
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Optional: salt, sea salt, pink salt, melted butter, grated parmesan, or even pumpkin spice.  Where are my pumpkin spice people?!

Grab a 3 quart saucepan and melt coconut oil over medium heat.  Once the oil is melted, let each kid toss in 1 kernel of popcorn and then place a lid on the pot.  Test their patience as they wait and wait... and wait... for the kernels to pop.

Once the kernels pop, toss in the remaining 1/3 cup of kernels, replace lid, and keep pot off of the burner while you all count to 30... in unison.  It'll be chaos, but once about 30 seconds has passed, place the pot back on the burner.

Do your best to keep the lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape.  Shake the pot around a little, so that you really feel like a professional and so that your kids think you're totally awesome.

Once the popping has slowed and you think it is about done, slide the pot off of the burner with the lid still on to allow the final kernels to pop.  Just like magic, you'll end up with a perfectly full 3 quart pot of popcorn!

Top with melted butter, or salt, or pumpkin spice seasoning!  ENJOY!

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