I have one at home, and its easy to use. They are also fairly cheap. I got mine for 20$ canadian at The Bay. Just check out walmart or something. ^^
One thing though is, if you are used to eating microwave popcorn, you may not like air popped. There is little to no flavour (just a hint of sweetness). Also those popcorn seasonings/salt don't really work either since they do not stick to the popcorn at all. I dont have Pam at my house, but maybe if you spray first, and then season it will work.
when you do pop them on the stove, once they start popping, it's best to hold the pot an inch or two above the burner and shake it back and forth a little. this is so the kernels don't stay too much in one place and burn. i always find that it's much more rewarding to eat the popcorn that you did on the stove b/c it takes more time and energy.
However, I've gotten to like the taste of the plain popcorn.
To get the parmesan cheese to stick, get a tupperware bowl/container with a top. Sprinkle the cheese on and shake it up! You can use a paper lunch bag, too - just close and shake. You can also try cinnamon, pepper flakes, or I've even heard of taco seasoning powders or steak seasonings put on popcorn. Get creative!
if i got a popcorn maker (one of those pans you put over the stove) could i spritz that pam spray that has butter in it onto the kernals? would that make it tasty? i want a good snack that will help my weight. i love popcorn
I love air-popped popcorn. I have an air popper and use it several times a week. I find that flavor sticks pretty well if I lightly spray the popcorn with something like Pam.
Here's a website that is totally dedicated to popcorn: http://www.kernelseasons.com/. This is the brand of flavor that I get; it can be found in lots of stores. But just parmesan cheese and pepper is really good too.
I have an "air popper". It just looks like a bowl that you stick in the microwave with a loosly fitting lid.
I've found that popcorn salt doesn't stick very well, or anything for that matter. You could try to sweeten it up with some splenda and some cinnamon (cinnamon sugar popcorn) for a dessert snack. Just have to get it to stick. They used to make a splenda spray but I guess not anymore.
I was thinking about finding a "spritz" bottle and spraying it with a little salt and vinegar. I know salt/vinegar chips are pretty awesome. Or some Franks Red Hot. Yum. That seems like it wouldn't add on the cals. I'd have to find something with a really find a bottle with a really fine mist.
I actually prefer my air-popped popcorn to the microwave stuff. I use a canola oil spray as it is coming out of the popper so it is fairly evenly distributed - the oil spray in one hand, popcorn salt in the other. Quite salty enough for my taste, though I've been known to eat it plain too.
I found my air-popper at WalMart for about $20.
I didn't know they still made air poppers - they're the best for popcorn - far healthier than micro or pan popped. A light spray of butter-flavored oil spray and sprinkled with a butter or cheese flavored dry popcorn salt is just great! Use the condiments carefully - high salt.
I have a popcorn popping bowl for my micorowave. I find that the popcorn is not as dry as the air popper so the toppings stick better. I have never tried the paper bag but the bowl is amazing and you don't need to add any oil or spray.
I think the problem with most microwave popcorn is the oils and chemical they put in the bags but the bowl eliminates all of that and keeps in the natural moisture as well.
Where can you get a popcorn popping bowl for the micorowave? Living in Germany it might hard to get. What do they look like or is there a web-site that I could check out?