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  1. Hi Pamela,
    Do you think that ghee would be ok too instead of the coconut oil? My children don’t love the flavor of coconut oil but like ghee.

  2. Used cast iron oven 8.5 in W x 5 in H with measured 2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil and a ½-cup of Bob’s Red Mill non-GMO popcorn. Heat source, 1800W Magneflux induction cook top, set to 450°.
    Heated up oil with 3 kernels, took 1 min 45 sec for all to pop. Added a ½-cup of kernels to oven; placed kitchen towel over open oven (catches steam) then put the lid on over the towel.
    Out of half a cup of kernels, only 2.5 oz actually popped (weighed un-popped kernels.) Ultimately, the temperature was right there, popping was occurring, still the end result lacked the luster of a full popping session. I dislike wasting foodstuffs.
    Same cast iron oven makes delicious roasts, chili and scores of desserts.
    Seems something relatively simple like popping corn should not be difficult to accomplish.

  3. Our daughter just got back from a 5day school backpacking trip. She said she wanted me to greet her at the bus with a healthy snack that would fill her up and this is what she chose. Huge improvement over the days of requesting donuts! Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve heard how nasty the chemicals on the inside of the microwave bags are and I’ve missed popcorn so much but haven’t bought it b/c of this. Very glad to see this recipe & so excited to try it! I have coconut oil in my cupboard that I haven’t used in a while so I was also pleased to have found another use for it 😉

    • Microwave popcorn is really awful stuff. Truthfully, I think stovetop popcorn made with coconut oil is better than any other popcorn. As far as coconut oil goes, I use it to cook pancakes, French toast, roast vegetables (especially cauliflower and sweet potatoes), and more. Love the stuff!

      • Yes friends of mine use it in place of butter in many of their recipes like chocolate cake, it was pretty good 🙂

        • There are a few baked goods on my site that use coconut oil — check out the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Muffins and Zucchini Bread!

  5. love your website, just getting to learn about all you do from a couple friends. fabulous recipes! where, though did you get the cute popcorn tubs? would love to have some for my daughters pajama party!!!

    • Thank you and welcome, Heidi! I bought the popcorn tubs at Smart & Final, but it was a few years ago so I don’t know if they still carry them. I’m sure you could call and find out.

  6. I did not know to leave the lid slightly off. Good tip. That’s probably why yours is crunchy and mine chewy! Who knew?

  7. Thanks, Pamela. I was tickled to see that you use coconut oil, as that has been my choice for popping corn also. I will certainly use the idea of leaving the lid part way open next time to allow crisping. I always look forward to your recipes and ideas.

  8. Check out Riehle’s Select for interesting types of “not microwave” popcorn – Shaman Blue, Organic Baby Yellow, Sunburst, etc. I got some as a gift years ago, and now it’s a family favorite!

    • Nancy, Thanks for the great tip. Just checked them out — very cool! Love that they have an organic option!

  9. I always learn so much from you Pamela. Thanks for sharing such great information.
    xx Barbara Eskowitz

  10. Hi Pamela,
    Thank you. I enjoy your recipes, tips and most of all the stories and epigrams. Keep ’em comin’.

  11. This made me smile as my father and I discussed this point last night. He is in visiting and said “don’t you have any popcorn?” I said of course would you like me to make it for you? He replied, “I didn’t see any bags.” You get the idea 🙂

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