Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pop Pop Pop

As a kid we had many pans of pop corn popped in a popper just like this one.

I don't know what ever happened to Mom's popper. I remember it was well seasoned and even on the sticky side. It popped so many pans of corn on Sunday night just before Bonanza was to start.

For 40 years I have popped corn in my little wear ever pan. It was a wedding gift from the blacksmith's Aunt Lucille and Uncle Felix. It always took 2 pots full for us. That is if I over filled it and held the lid on.
Recently Andrea at Rural Revival talked about the Whirley popper she got for Christmas. It got me to thinking about Mom's old one. I searched high a low for a copy. I never found anything close.
One day I was reading the ad for Orschlen's farm and home supply. They advertised the Whirley Popper for only $12.99, regular price there was $24.99. We made a special trip one night just to pick one up.

Tonight here is what I made, Kettle corn! It takes 3 Tablespoons of oil, 1/2 cup of kernels and 1/4 c. sugar. Now I can make a complete bowl full in one popping.
And you know what? I found the antique popper tonight listed on EBay. Wouldn't you know it?!


Annie Jones said...

My mom always made ours in a cast iron skillet with a domed cast iron lid. She's a little thing (5'2" and most of her adult life, weighed less than 100 pounds) and she could lift that skillet and shake it like nobody's business, with one hand on the handle and the other holding the lid on. I can barely shake an aluminum pan with both hands. I don't know how she did it, but the popcorn sure tasted good!

Lindah said...

Super! If we had one of those shops out here, I'd be there in second to get one.

Karen said...

Oooh, kettle corn sounds great! I love the old popping method as apposed to the micro in bag thing.

Deanna said...

Boy did you trigger some memories! We had popcorn every Sunday night just in time for Bonanza just like you did. Dad had one wearever pot he always used. My sis grabbed onto it. She probably put it in her china cabinet lol.

That kettle corn sounds great. I've never made it before. Might try it the next time the kids come over. Did you pick the popcorn up at Weavers?

Rural Rambler said...

We have a big old bag of kettle corn on the counter. It won't last the day. Our current pop corn pan which is about 50 years old, seriously, looks like the over flowed pan you have there only yours is so much cleaner. Pop corn from our 50 year old pan is to die for. I would like to try the Whirley Popper. We are heading to Crane's today, I see a detour to the Big O!

GerryART said...

Annie Jones [above] and I have similar memories.
Mom had her cast iron pan and glass domed lid.
I ABsolUteLY L♥O♥V♥E kettle corn.


twodraftmom said...

I also have a whirlybird pop and LOVE it. Thanks for the info on making kettle corn. Will have to try soon! claire

Zoey said...

I think you still must buy the antique popper, especially if it's the exact one from your childhood.

I remember watching Bonanza on Sunday nights, too. My Mom and Dad still watch it all the time. One day a few weeks ago I was channel surfing and stopped to watch the one where Hoss see the little green you remember that one? It was fun to see it again.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I remember the days of old when we made popcorn in a pan on the stove instead of nuking a bag in the microwave like we do now. I haven't tried to make Kettle corn, thanks for sharing the recipe. I'll give it a try sometime. And maybe look for a Whirley Popper, I know the corn has to be better for us made the old way!

Deanna said...

We got a dusting of snow here too. I can't seem to get warm - chilled to the bones. I'm not that much of a cat lover but we are putting our money on the big guy being a good mouser and maybe even bat a mole or two around. Have a great weekend!

Jeri Landers said...

My gosh, You have just brought back a hundred memories for me. My mom always popped corn in a little pan just like that. And the aluminum popcorn bowl.. we had one just like it with 5 smaller matching bowls. Mom always got the BIG bowl and of course, we kids had the smaller portions. I wonder if she still has those... think I will call her and ask!
BTW I would probably love to visit your sons freezer!

Rural Revival said...

I'm happy you like your new Whirley Popper!! And we'll be trying out your kettle corn recipe next time we do up a batch. Which is quite often because it's so fun, quick and easy to use!

I think Whirley Pop should hire us as their spokeswomen! : )

Hugs ~Andrea~