More often than not, we come across a new recipe that calls for butter. And while it’s usually easy to substitute margarine or oil, it’s more difficult to replace the butter in these recipes. As a result, you might find yourself wondering if you can use butter in a Whirley Pop.
A Whirley Pop Pot is a tool that allows you to pop a fresh batch of corn in just a few minutes with the oil of your choice instead of the congealed fake butter used in microwaveable popcorn bags.
The answer is yes—as long as the butter is at room temperature. Butter is made up of a melted mixture of vegetable and dairy fats. The ratio of fat in butter is 80% vegetable oil, 10% water, and 10% milk proteins. Basically, the casein proteins in milk can keep the liquid butter from solidifying. This casein also binds water which makes butter very soft and spreadable.
When butter is melted over medium heat, it forms a homogeneous mixture with shortening or margarine (such as Earth Balance). When melted in a Whirley Pop, the mix cools down rapidly and forms a tall, hard-to-spread puddle.
If you want to use butter in your Whirley Pop, just melt butter on HIGH for about 3 seconds. Then pour over the oil that is already in the jar and let it cool.
However, it is not recommended to use butter or olive oil in your Whirley pop. These will smoke and burn even at medium temperatures, and you will be disappointed.
The finished roast will be more spreadable than it would be if you used butter or oil. The spreadability may vary with different brands of butter or oils.
If you want that great movie theatre taste, the best to use refined coconut oil, beta carotene for coloring, and butter flavorings. You can put as little as a teaspoon, or as much as a couple of tablespoons.
If you’d prefer a lighter taste, you can use as little as a teaspoon of any high-temperature oil.
How to cook Popcorn in a Whirley Pop
The Whirley pop is a one-of-a-kind cooking device for popping corn kernels that have been around since 1903. The process of cooking popcorn in a whirley pop is pretty simple and doesn’t take much time at all.
The key to the success of this method, though, is using the right amount of oil and having enough patience as you wait for your bag of popcorn to finish popping. Read on to learn more about this homey device. This is a Step-by-Step Guide for Using Your Whirley Pop.
To use your Whirley pop, all you have to do is add your flavour, oil, and salt. Put the cover on your Whirley pop and place it on a stovetop burner. Leave the Whirley pop alone for few minutes.
To flavor your Whirley Pop, simply pour in a tablespoon of vegetable oil and swirl it around until the entire inner surface is covered. Heat the Whirley Pop on a burner over medium heat for about a minute, turning it slightly to make sure the hot oil is evenly distributed. Let the jar cool and wipe off any oil with paper towels. You are now ready to make popcorn.
The entire process of popping corn can take up to 5bminutes. After that, it’s time to remove your whirley pop from the burner and wait for the popcorn to finish popping inside.
Add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and 1 to 3 tablespoons of oil to the pot. How much oil you choose depends on how calorie-conscious you are and how much oil flavor you want to detect.
Ideally, using just 1 tablespoon is enough, but it’s helpful to use more oil if you want your toppings to stick to the grains. Coconut and canola oils are both good for making popcorn but don’t use olive oil, which burns quickly.
From here, the Whirley Pop instructions take no more than five minutes. Once the granules and oil are in the pot, place the Whirley Pop on a stove burner. Put it on medium or medium heat. Do not preheat the burner; the granules should heat up slowly as the burner heats up.
Gently and carefully turn the pot’s crank while it’s on the stove. You should hear the kernels popping in a few minutes. Continue turning the crank until the popping stops or the crank becomes difficult to turn.
Remove the Whirley Pop from the stove and open it facing away from you to release the steam. Pour the finished popcorn into a bowl and add salt or other seasonings.
How Much Oil Should You Put in Your Whirley Pop?
If you don’t want hot oil splashing or dropping on you, make certain that your oil is very hot before you ever put it into your Whirley pop. Before you put any oil into your Whirley pop, make sure to heat up your oil for at least 10 minutes. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the oil.
How Many Popcorn Kernels Will You Be Able to Pop?
The Whirley pop company suggests putting 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and 1 to 3 tablespoons of oil in the pot. If you use a little bit of oil in your Whirley pop, it will most likely work just fine. anything outside that may take several minutes for all the popcorn kernels to finish popping, and some smaller batches may take more than 5 minutes to finish popping. The great thing about using your Whirley pop is that you can cook as many kernels as you like.
How to Keep Your Whirley Pop Clean
To make sure that your Whirley pop is clean, you should rinse the inside of it with hot water after every use. After washing out your Whirley pop with hot water, dry it and store it in an area where there’s lots of airflow, or put it in a trash bin.
Before using your Whirley Pop for the first time, spend a few minutes preparing it for a lifetime of use. Flip the lid off and wash all surfaces in warm soapy water and rinse. Dry everything with a towel and put the lid back on.
- Pull up on the large tab on the front of the cover.
- Once released, the clip on the handle should release easily from the jar.
- When I put the lid back on, I do it like this:
- First place the handle on the side.
- Then push down on the other side to snap the cover into place.
- Then, while holding the jar, turn the lid counterclockwise a bit so that the clip on the right side holds the lid on the right firmly in place.
- Try it a few times and you’ll get the hang of it!