You can now create the movie experience in your home (almost) with great quality HD television sets and surround sound. But to truly make any movie night, you need the secret to great popcorn.
Popcorn worthy of the name is a fine art form; one many movie theaters seem to have lost. Commercially available popcorn now has all kinds of additives in it. But you don’t have to settle for that at home, you can do better.
The joy of great popcorn
Whoever came up with the idea of overheating corn kernels is a genius, but the taste of plain popped corn is the closest to chewing cardboard you’ll ever get from a natural foodstuff.
If you’re happy with naked popcorn just put 20g is a large bowl and loosely cover (make sure it’s not airtight), place it in the microwave for 2 minutes and watch it pop.
You’ll have the lovely smell of freshly popped corn, but it won’t be movie theater popcorn.
The added ingredients
It will come as no surprise to anyone the popcorn you buy at the multiplex has all kinds of added ingredients, including dyes. You may find it difficult to replicate the distinct yellow color, but it’s possible to get the taste right with butter and salt.
If you’re using the microwave, add 30ml of coconut oil and ¼ of a cup of popcorn kernels to a microwaveable bowl. Cover the bowl to keep the steam inside, but make sure it’s not airtight because this will cause it to explode (you want great popcorn, not a visit from the Fire Service).
Place it in the microwave for around 2-3mins depending on the wattage of your microwave. You should reach a point where the popping slows down. If it stops popping regularly, take the bowl out – leaving it cooking for longer will burn it.
Only clarified butter will do
Salted butter makes the popcorn go soggy, so you need to clarify it before adding. Melt 1-2 tablespoons of salted butter in the microwave. This separates the water, clarified butter, and the milk solids.
Skim the water off (it will be foamy and will float to the top) and pour the yellow clarified butter over the popcorn. Stop pouring once the yellow butter has been poured onto your popcorn. You will be left with the white milk solids in the bottom of your bowl, which you can discard.
The secret ingredient
You can add table salt to your popcorn, but if your taste buds can tell it’s not the real thing you need to invest in popcorn salt. Specially formulated popcorn salt is available online or in the supermarket which will take you one step further towards the perfect movie theater popcorn.
Add the salt of your choice, and you’re good to go.
The perfect movie night
Getting the perfect popcorn makes all the difference to a movie night at home. With some simple ingredients and a bit of know-how, you can make a great tasting substitute from the comfort of your own home.