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Post  Killing Joke on 23.12.10 13:27

I have just purchased the oven, can anybody tell me the best way to cook popcorn, ( maize version), i tried yesterday and just burnt it, and took along time. do you have to use oil?

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Post  Steve_Seven on 31.12.10 3:16

The short answer : Put a little corn in a small shallow dish on the low rack for 6minutes at 200, no oil.

The long answer ( Heston Blumenthal style method )
After a little experimenting I find that this works with my oven.

Ingredients: Popping maize @ £1 for 500g
Equipment: 18cm sandwich tin ( or make your own from kitchen foil )

I have an 18cm round thin metal sandwich tin, it's non-stick and about 2cm deep with a lip so that the tongs can work with it. They're 87p yes only 87 pence from the Asda Smart Price range. I put it on the low rack and there is at least 5cm clearance to the oven walls. ( You could try fashioning a similar sized vessel from kitchen foil by cutting a circle around a saucer, or cereal bowl, weighing it down with copper coins. It works just as well in the low rack, but be warned the foil cools instantly after cooking the coins do not )

I put 1 tablespoon of corn per person into the sandwich tin and give it 10 minutes at 200c. All the corn in the tin will have popped, usually after 5mins, and will be blown out to below the low rack or will swirling about.
I turn off the oven when the tin is empty, removing the tin and the low rack.

Among the popped corn in the bottom of the bowl is about a teaspoon of un-popped corn, knocked out by the pop explosion and ready to fracture a filling.

I separate it by pushing it around with the tongs gathering each part. Having removed the popped corn I repeat the cooking process with this un-popped corn.

If you add oil the popped corn will not swirl about, it will be too heavy to escape the sandwich tin. It may even burn. The corn will also burn if you put it on the high rack. The corn needs to be on the low rack so that heat can get at it from underneath, in fact all sides evenly.

Enjoy your oven,

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Post  LPK on 03.01.11 11:29

Wow!!! I love popcorn; I really need to try this.


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Post  kimberly on 16.08.11 18:58

I'll have to give this a whirl...I posted as a new person just a bit ago and hadn't had an opportunity to search before I posted. This should work nicely and my son will be so happy Smile


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Post  Guest on 17.08.11 18:47

Think I'll stick to the short answer lol


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Post  bobashfield on 23.11.12 13:00

Has anyone got this to work - I certainly havent, just burnt corn!!


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Post  Nette1982 on 22.11.14 17:03

Hi Everyone

I have just tried the popcorn as it says and all I got was burnt kernels where have I gone wrong I did get one that popped. I did see someone using an oven like a halogen and they put it on the top rack. Please help as I have 2 disappointed children who spent ages watching for it to pop.

Thank you in advance .


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