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Pop..pop.....pop.pop.. .popping good fun
Severin PC 3751 Popcorn Maker
Member Name: Vialdana
Severin PC 3751 Popcorn Maker
Advantages: easy to use, not pricey, great fun for kids
Disadvantages: some kernels don't pop properly
I love popcorn! Salty and buttery and delicious... I'm also always conscious that my weight isn't brill, and having fibro I can't indulge too much or it just goes up because I'm not as active as most people are. So the ultimate answer to being able to eat popcorn without cramming calories and fat down my neck is to own a popcorn maker. Now the first one I had was quite a cheap Argos branded one, and it lasted me a few years. It did however give up the ghost a little over a year ago, and when I looked around to replace it this seemed to be a good option.
This particular popcorn maker costs around £20-£30 depending on where you buy it (Amazon have it at the moment for £26.50 for example). I got mine at the cheaper end of the price range for £21 about a year ago.
If you've encountered home popcorn makers before then this one will come as no surprise. Basically you have a body which you place the popping corn into, and a sort of hooded lid which sits over it and allows the popcorn to spill out into a bowl placed beneath the spout of the lid when it's popped.
This isn't the first popcorn maker I've owned, so the method for using it came as no surprise to me. Place a small amount of popping corn into the bottom of the device, pop the lid on and then press the button to turn it on. Because this is a hot air popcorn maker, a fan comes on within it which whirrs round and heats up the corn kernels till they pop. As they pop the popped corn sort of fires up out of the lid into your bowl.
Now, one thing to remember with a hot air popcorn maker is that if you have the odd lighter kernel then it will get blown up out of the device without being popped - you can do two things here. Either just ignore any un-popped ones and throw them away, or grab them out and throw them back in at the end to see if they'll re-pop. Sometimes they will, sometimes not, but I usually do this so as not to waste too much.
Healthwise air popped popcorn is pretty darn good - it's very low in calories and fat, and so the only thing you have to worry about is anything you choose to add afterwards. I like to use a little spritzer bottle and just mist my popcorn with a tiny bit of salted liquid butter, but when I'm being good, I just moisten my hands with water, add a little salt to them and then sort of toss the popcorn through as you might a salad so it gets slightly salty without using any fat at all.
Ok downsides to this popcorn maker... well it's not the largest I've come across, but as I rarely use it to make popcorn for more than two of us at a time I find it adequate. The biggest issue I can see with this is that it comes with a European style 2 pin plug on it instead of the UK style 3 pin plug. Having a husband who's a dab hand at electrics and electronics this wasn't an issue for me as he just whipped that off and replaced it with a regular one, but I can see some people would have a problem if they're still selling it this way.
Overall it's easy to use, and its fun to let kids help with too as it doesn't get too hot and is quite safe for them to help with. As the popcorn is dry it doesn't really require much cleaning either - just a quick wipe with a dry cloth.
*as my husband just walked in while I was posting this and said 'isn't popping corn hard to find' I'll just mention that you can pick it up for under £1 for a pack of unpopped corn in most supermarkets and that a bag will last you AGES!!!*
Summary: A good simple way to get cheap low fat popcorn
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