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Old 06-07-2020, 12:19 PM   #1
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Popcorn Popper for On The Road?

We love popcorn. Looking for recommendations for best way while traveling to make popcorn and/or best popcorn popper that:
  • Does not use a microwave (we don't have or use one)
  • Uses either the stove top or can be plugged in
  • Doesn't make a huge oily mess and is easy to clean
  • Doesn't take up a lot of room to store

We bought an air pop dingus but the pop corn it made was tough and tasted like plastic peanuts used for packaging... it got returned.

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Old 06-07-2020, 12:50 PM   #2
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When camping, we either buy it in a bag at the store or make it the old fashioned way on the stove in a pot. I hate traveling with single-use appliances...my trailer is too small.

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Old 06-07-2020, 12:53 PM   #3
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We use a 3 quart saucepan on the stovetop.

Cook in a 50/50 mix of butter and olive oil.

Pretty easy. Cleans up easily.
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Old 06-07-2020, 01:32 PM   #4
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Saucepan on stove...

With a dollop of coconut oil, butter and salt to taste when finished...

(Coconut oil has a super high smoke point and has enough vitamin E in it that the popcorn doesn't taste stale the next day... It is also what makes movie theatre popcorn taste 'special')
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Old 06-07-2020, 02:19 PM   #5
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. . . same . . . 3-Qt. saucepan with lid . . . corn oil best flavor IMO . . . pre-heat oil with 3 test kernels . . . when they pop put the rest of the kernels in and hold the lid up a bit so the steam can escape. Trapped steam is the downfall of good popping!

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Been popping with well seasoned cast iron dutch oven brought along for campfire cooking and soups.

Pops corn very nicely and rinse out clean up.
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We had this, but wasn’t big enough when we had granddaughters camping.


https://www.signals.com/cgi-bin/haze...CABEgLHgPD_BwE

I would consider something like this, if I wanted to get an over a fire popper again. The saucepan on the stove will do for now.
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Old 06-07-2020, 04:21 PM   #8
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We use an old fireplace/fire popper with the pan on the bottom and screened top lid and do over a fire. Use the screened side down when roasting chestnuts during the holiday season. You can also roast salted in the shell peanuts with this thing. Either way, people always smell the popcorn wafting through the campground.
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Old 06-07-2020, 04:22 PM   #9
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Steve, I found a fairly small hot air popper for cheap at Target. It packs small and nothing is quite as good in my book.

Similar to: https://www.amazon.com/Presto-04820-...s%2C160&sr=8-7
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Old 06-07-2020, 05:41 PM   #10
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Jiffy Pop

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jiffy-Pop...-5-Oz/10308562
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Absolutely. A great favorite over a small campfire or a carefully used backpacking stove. A Boy Scout and Scout Leader favorite. Easy to burn if you are not careful, but it tastes great when done carefully in the boondocks. Nothing like a popcorn ‘feeding frenzy’ on the trail.
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If you have the room this is what I've used for year. https://www.whirleypopshop.com/ It beats every other product I've tried and I've tried them all. LOL

I place a tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan with a single kernel. As soon as it pops I load 2/3rds of a cup of popcorn along with any butter I want. Turn the handle slowly and you will have a full bucket in no time. It allows the steam to escape so you end up with a very nicely popped corn.
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Absolutely. A great favorite over a small campfire or a carefully used backpacking stove. A Boy Scout and Scout Leader favorite. Easy to burn if you are not careful, but it tastes great when done carefully in the boondocks. Nothing like a popcorn ‘feeding frenzy’ on the trail.
They make a very cool special holder for the Jiffy Pop so you can do it over a campfire.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Make sure to get extra Jiffy Pop, it is very hard to do over a fire and not burn it. You have to be very patient, it might take two beers
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Been popping with well seasoned cast iron dutch oven brought along for campfire cooking and soups.

Pops corn very nicely and rinse out clean up.
The DO shines in versatility. I've done this using a tripod and "rocking" it to stir quite a sight and fun too.
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:33 AM   #15
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We opt for Jiffy pop, too and do it outside over the campfire. Found our cast iron too heavy to really shake while cooking, never did get unburned popcorn off the campfire in one of those old fashioned box cookers and created an unholy and stinky mess when a kid got interupted cooking popcorn on the stove top with one of our regular camping pots! That pot never did clean up and the burned popcorn smell lingered for a year.
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Lots of folks love the Whirly popcorn poppers over cooktops or fires.
poppers.

https://www.whirleypopshop.com/category/popcorn-poppers

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Some folks roast coffee beans with these too!
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Old 06-08-2020, 11:28 AM   #18
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Popper on steroids

We carry a small Instant Pot. It is a modern pressure cooker that gets used as a Rice cooker, soup maker, steel cut oats cooker. We've made fall off the bones pork ribs, creme bruleė, rice pudding, soups and on and on. Oh yeah, it does an awesome job of popping corn. With a little coconut oil as already suggested, you'd think it was bought at the theatre and delivered to your camp site.
So you can get rid of your slow coker, your rice cooker, your popcorn maker....
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is that the 3 qt. pot? What settings and quantity do you use for the popcorn?
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I was voting Jiffy Pop...then someone said InstantPot...tell us more.
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