Outdoors Tips

‘Tis the Season for Popcorn!

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by Anna Fletcher

Not only is Fall the best season for grilling, leaf jumping, cozy yet unshapely grandpa sweaters, bonfires and all things pumpkin; it is most importantly the best season for snacks! And one of the best snacks of all time that has its peak sales period in the Fall is popcorn. It’s light, crunchy and slightly chewy; and there are a gazillion uses for it. From packaging material to Christmas decoration to an arts and crafts project, popcorn is one of the most tasty, versatile snack foods. So curl up by the fire with a blanket, a book and a huge bowl of freshly popped corn, and you’ve got a perfect chilly Fall evening!

There are many ways to make popcorn while you’re out on the trail or sitting in your hammock around a bonfire. Here are a few…

Aluminum Pie Pan Popcorn

Gather these supplies:

  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn oil (can also use vegetable oil)
  • Salt + any other seasonings you want
  • Aluminum pie pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Stapler
  • Wire hanger
  1. Pour about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the pie pan and add a few tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle on the salt and seasonings.
  2. Pull off a sheet of aluminum foil that is about twice as long as the pan. Cut or tear off the corners to make a big circle.
  3. Fold the edges of the foil circle over the edges of the pie pan to create a tent. Staple every few inches until the tent is sealed all the way around the pan.
  4. Use the wire hanger to make a handle. Bend it into a square so that it fits around the pan. You can use the leftover scraps of aluminum foil to fold around the hanger and the pan edge to make sure the handle is secure.
  5. Hold the pan over the fire – where it’s hot but not actually in the fire – and shake it when you start to hear the corn sizzle. Let the popcorn go until you can’t hear the kernels shake around anymore.
  6. Take it off the fire, let it cool, poke open the top and enjoy!

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Beer Can Popcorn

Mentioned in a previous post, this is a super easy and convenient (because you just have to use your empty beer cans!) way to make popcorn.

Gather these supplies:

  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn oil
  • Salt + other seasonings
  • Empty beer cans
  1. Pour some popcorn kernels into an empty beer can, filling it about 1/4 of the way. Add oil, salt and seasonings.
  2. Place the can on the edge of the fire. Again, make sure that it’s not actually in the fire.
  3. Let it go! No need to shake the can (unless you really want to). Once the pops slow down to more than a couple seconds apart, take the can off the fire.
  4. Cut the can in half and you’ve got beer can popcorn!

Foil Packet on a Stick Popcorn

Gather these supplies:

  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn oil
  • Salt + other seasonings
  • Aluminum foil
  • A long stick
  1. Tear a piece of foil off (about 20 inches long).
  2. Place a handful of popcorn kernels and about a teaspoon of oil at the end of the foil. Fold the piece in half over the kernels and twist the sides to seal.
  3. Attach the pouch to the stick and hold it over the fire.
  4. Once you don’t hear any more popping inside, open the pouch. Season with salt and seasonings.
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Popcorn in a Skillet

Gather these supplies:

  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn oil
  • Salt + other seasonings
  • Skillet or other good, heavy pan with a lid
  1. Put about 1/4 cup of popcorn and a few tablespoons of oil into the skillet. Put the lid on.
  2. Hold the skillet in the fire and continuously move it back and forth.
  3. Continue until popping stops.

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