Lately my new thing has been making stove top popcorn. I've never made stove top popcorn before and had no desire to. That was until our nephew, a boy scout, was selling popcorn this fall. Of course being a good aunt and uncle we had to buy some. That was until I saw the order form and prices. A box of microwave popcorn was $20 and the tins of the caramel covered stuff was around $30. Being that we don't really ever eat popcorn, $20 for a box of 4-5 fake butter drowned microwave bags seemed outlandish. So we bought the bag of popcorn kernels for $10.
When we got the popcorn it went into the pantry and has sat there since I had no idea what to do with a bag of kernels. Growing up we had an air popper and I loved putting the butter in the top cup and watching it melt from the heat of the popping. Then came microwave popcorn and the air popper I am sure got tossed along the way. I wasn't about to buy a piece of equipment for one bag of popcorn kernels. So last night after months of the bag staring at me every time I opened our pantry I decided to break down and learn how to make popcorn on the stove top. It turns out it's actually not difficult and dare I say better than the microwave stuff. In the past 24 hours I have made two batches and am tempted to make more.