POPPING YOUR CORN:
Electric air poppers are very easy to use and effective. If you don’t have one, a good covered pan will also work with any heat source from the stove to an open fire. Another alternative is to place the popcorn in a brown paper bag, roll up the top, and you have homegrown microwave popcorn- minus all the chemical additives. When using a pan over the stove or other heat source, it is recommended to heat the pan first, before adding the popcorn. Cooking oils can help spread the heat evenly, but are not 100% necessary if you’re trying to maximize the health benefits of your snack. Butter is not a good fat to use, because of it’s low burning point. Ideal temperature for popping the corn is between 400 and 450 degrees. Olive oil, coconut oil, or other vegetable oils are all effective. Once hot, cover the bottom of the pan with the corn and shake it frequently to spread oil and heat until the popping begins. Some kernels have inevitably lost some of their moisture and may not pop. Ideally you can remove from heat before the popped kernels begin to burn. Now comes the flavour!
The options with popcorn are limited only by your creativity. From the old standard of butter and salt to the stickiest carmel corn, there are a million things to try. Here is our top 5 based on convenience and taste- although the list would be probably be easier if it was a top 20! These are in no particular order because they are all awesome. Remember, your favorite cooking oil, be it olive oil or coconut, are always an alternative to other fats like butter. Enjoy!
GARLIC AND PARMESAN POPCORN
- A glorious flavour combination for a savoury snack, there are several ways to prepare this. The quick and easy is to simply sprinkle garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese over your freshly popped Grainworks popcorn, and butter is always optional to add a little richness and help bind the flavours. The long way is to melt your butter in a frying pan with chopped garlic to really get that natural garlic taste going. Spread over the corn and then add your grated parmesan.
SMOKED PAPRIKA AND CAYENNE PEPPER
- This is a real gem if you are adventurous and into spicy food. Smoked paprika has a smoky and sweet pepper flavor the blends well the cayenne to add the spicy kick. Of course, use butter to your taste, but these two stand well on their own and are fine enough spices to spread well if shaken in a paper bag or tossed in a bowl.
BUFFALO HOT WINGS STYLE
- Another one for the spicy fans! This one is also really easy. Simply melt butter in the microwave or in a pan and add Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to the butter and mix well. Pour on the popcorn and toss accordingly to spread around. Any favourite hot sauce can stand in here but Frank’s is the closest to the classic buffalo wings flavour. Bring the Pub to your kitchen!
- Using Grainworks Hulled Sesame seeds or an alternative that you have, toast them on a skillet until golden brown. add in olive oil or butter with a small amount of sugar or salt to taste and spread over your freshly popped corn.
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE
- There are several ways to do this, but the easiest to gently heat your peanut butter and add a little butter to help make it smooth (butter optional), spead this over your freshly popped corn and add Grainworks Cocoa Powder or an alternative over the top and toss well.
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve been having fun with popcorn- let’s add to this list and share the joy!