What can I say?
Having recently reacquired my taste for popcorn and being disgusted by the high price and mediocre flavor of microwave popcorn I thought it was a perfect time to break out the old hot air popcorn popper (More commonly know in these parts as a small fluid bed coffee roaster.) that had been patiently sitting on a shelf here for two decades or so waiting to be recalled to service. Tonight it got its chance! I pulled the popper off the shelf where it had sat all these many years and tore off the plastic grocery bag Id wrapped it up in before putting it into cold storage. Having been nicely protected it required very little cleaning. I gave all the parts a quick wash and wipe down and then got down to business.
I carefully filled the built in measuring cup with the popcorn Id bought earlier in the day and put some butter in the melting tray. I then crossed my fingers and flipped the switch and was rewarded with a loud roaring from the (Sunbeam) Great American Popcorn Machine II. I let it run for a couple of minutes to clear out any dust or what-not from sitting all those years and then dumped the popcorn into the roaring maw. I put the big metal bowl under the chute to catch the popped kernels as they came floating out on their bed of air.
I hovered over the popper as the kernels whirled round and round waiting for the popping to begin and admiring the even melting of the pats of butter. And then.....there it was! A muffled *pop* but nothing (Im sorry but I cant give you the time to First Pop as I didnt have my roasting software running.) came out the chute. And a second muffled *pop*. But still nothing coming out of the chute! Then in quick succession several kernels burst with each *pop* getting louder and clearer. Suddenly a kernel came popping out of the chute. WooHoo!! We have popcorn! I reach out to grab this ceremonial first piece of popcorn and just as Im about to grab it there erupts a rapid fire series of explosions in the popping chamber and my hand is being blasted with searingly hot unpopped popcorn that is all of a sudden blasting out of the chute at the speed of sound!
I quickly yank my hand back and as I do so the kernels instead of hitting my hand now hit the big mixing bowl and due to their speed ricochet right out! Then the popped corn comes flying out as well. Where was this gentle wafting of corn that I had in my memory of this machine? Apparently theyve been giving popcorn steroids over the intervening 20 years since the poppers last use and theres some pent up rage issues with the corn as well it appears! D-Day is now being reenacted in my popper and Im busily trying to block seeds and popcorn from escaping the immediate area of the counter where the popper was. Id already given up on the idea of keeping them all in the bowl. That simply was not going to happen!
Once the immediate surprise had passed the humor of the situation set in and I went from giggles to full throated laughter as Im trying to bat the flying seeds and popcorn at least onto the counter top if not actually back into the bowl from which they are ricocheting. Eventually enough popcorn is in the bowl to prevent most of the pieces from ricocheting madly about the room and not too much later all the popping is done. So I pour my perfectly melted butter over the popcorn I had along with a little salt and enjoyed it. All while making a mental note to only use a third as much popcorn next time and to be prepared with 2 pan lids for use as deflector shields!
Java "Still finding seeds!" phile
What can I say?
Every popcorn machine I have tried spewed the hot unpopped (and popped) kernels everywhere.
I had much better success when I used it for its intended task ;D--roasting coffee!
;D ;D ;D ;D
Quality Java, youre a funny bugger!
Another great story from Mr. Java "Anecodtes R Us" Phile.
Could it be that:
- it was a poltergeist?
- the remnants of the great Minnesota tornado of Summer 09 were somehow encapsulated in the Great American Popcorn machine and the conditions were right to unleash its final fury?
- the popper was expressing its displeasure after having acquired a caffeine habit then left to do, not cold storage, but cold turkey?
- or is it that popcorn these days have been modified for use in a microwave and produce an unanticipated outcome when used in a fluid bed environment?
I think its all a conspiracy by the popcorn producers to scare people away from using poppers and keep them buying microwave popcorn so as to fatten the suppliers wallets!!Originally Posted by 666C796E6E617573000 link=1252844754/5#5 date=1252883170
I have repeated the experiment using only 2 tablespoons of corn with similar results. Half the corn is blown out of the chamber by the popping of other kernels and then to add to the carnage kernels in the bowl will start popping blowing popcorn out of the bowl and onto the counter and floor! Sheesh! I think its time to start looking for a different popping mechanism! And NO! It wont be the Gothot or Primo!!! ::)
Java "Fun with poppers!" phile
I am sure someone has a spare correto and lid you could use for the job! ;DOriginally Posted by 103B2C3B2A3233363F5A0 link=1252844754/6#6 date=1252898508
I was thinking more along the lines of one of these: http://tinyurl.com/lageo2 ;DOriginally Posted by 2F22212F4D0 link=1252844754/7#7 date=1252925146
Java "Containing the blast" phile
Why not look for a full sized one?
Thats 4oz of unpopped popcorn. Which will produce about 5l of popped popcorn. Plenty for a big snack for me and a friend. And if I need more Ill just start another batch as one finishes. :)Originally Posted by 5F637E656F6E796C646F0B0 link=1252844754/9#9 date=1252969606
I may well buy the 6oz or even the 8oz model. Which ever one goes for a price Im willing to pay! ;D
Java "Caging the ricochets!" phile
Is it just my imagination...or does anyone else think that a red theater style [s]popcorn popper[/s] coffee roaster & cart would be a great addition to any home?Originally Posted by 456E796E7F6766636A0F0 link=1252844754/10#10 date=1252981709
Not your imagination at all!, it could be the poor mans 5Kg Topper, or the serious popper roasting maniacs ultimate tool! ;D
Originally Posted by 6F6D7C796F6465620C0 link=1252844754/11#11 date=1252988253And when trying to sell the Minister of Finance on it remember the title of the thread. Safety requires this purchase! One must cage those scary seeds/beans so that when they turn violent and explode no one looses an eye or gets burned! ;DOriginally Posted by 5B5F796060657A6D620C0 link=1252844754/12#12 date=1252990178
Java "Safety first!" phile
Good story Javaphile, nothing EVER goes as planned.
Not wanting to inhibit the humor, I used to grow pop corn, 500 hectares at a time, and part of the testing at our silo complex was a hot air popper, as the change in volume, and number of un-popped kernels was an indication as to if we had got the urea (ammonium carbonate) application rate right, as this influences protein content, and hence change in volume when popped.
Enough tech stuff, My input is how to run the popper.
Ours was a black and decker, and had a plastic door, hinged from the bottom, that stayed closed until pushed open by the popped kernels.
This kept the un-popped kernels inside until a "layer" of popped kernels developed above the fluid bed, and stopped the un-popped kernels from flying out.
I agree with the dislike of microwave popcorn, and there is nothing better than eating popcorn that you had a hand in growing.
This said, our popcorn, 2500 tonnes of it, went to Greens, a purveyor of microwave popcorn ;D
So we have coffeesnobs, chocolatesnobs, teasnobs and now.... popcorn snobs! Go team haha.Originally Posted by 725D574A1E745257545647330 link=1252844754/14#14 date=1253049023
And milksnobs. Enjoying [s]slowly bankrupting myself[/s] my first A2 milk purchase now. ;)Originally Posted by 4B434A4F454F495355260 link=1252844754/15#15 date=1253054820
Javaphile, what is so bad about microwave popcorn anyway?
You mean aside from its greasy toughness, lack of flavor, and high price? :-?Originally Posted by 787A6B6E787372751B0 link=1252844754/16#16 date=1253086179
Java "Still looking" phile
Originally Posted by 705B4C5B4A5253565F3A0 link=1252844754/17#17 date=1253089811
So nothing seriously wrong with it then? ;)
Its just as good as Instant Coffee! ;DOriginally Posted by 13263133033B2639353830540 link=1252844754/18#18 date=1253092553
Java "Cruising for a popper" phile
Maybe Great Australian Microwave Popcorn is better than Great American Microwave Popcorn? (wondering if I have just thrown down the gauntlet...) - though I am a little dubious of anything that uses dehydrated imitation butter flavoring...Originally Posted by 7D564156475F5E5B52370 link=1252844754/17#17 date=1253089811