Popcorn Poppers through the ages
Clay pots with hot sand
Open fire poppers
This is a modern variation to the perforated metal cylinder used by early American settlers in the 1600s. A fire was used instead of a grill, and the popper cylinder was turned by hand while supported by a couple of posts.
Wire basket popper
Stove top poppers
Hot air popper
The hot air popper did not require high calorie oil to pop the popcorn. So, this allowed the consumer to add as much or as little butter or oil as they wished. Some add none at all. Most had a butter melter on top like this one.
Where it Started
The Amana radar range Microwave, invented here in Iowa where great popcorn is grown (couldn’t resist). Soon after it’s release, the microwave popcorn bag was also invented.
Basic Brown Bag Popper
Bag popping requires microwave with rotating platform, the use of the plate under the bag is essential to prevent burning. Don’t know why, just know it works. No staples, just fold the bag shut. Too much popcorn will force the bag open, so go easy till you figure it out. Then add oil/butter salt & sugar for great popcorn.