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The symptoms of only pops half the popcorn is a hard one to trouble shoot. 1.Check your popcorn, old popcorn dries out. As it loses moisture its ability to pop is reduced. Popcorn only lasts about 90 days after opening the air tight packaging. 2. If it is a oil popper, make sure the stirring rod is turning during the popping cycle. They sometimes can stir, but once the popping starts the pressure of the corn can stall a motor. This results in the first half popping, and the second half burning on the bottom. 3. Popper is too cold. This has symptoms of a long, long popping cycle, and half the corn popping the other half just turning brown. Some machines had adjustable thermostats inclosed, most home units do not. Letting it pre-heat longer does not help, the temperature is controlled by a thermo-stat.
unless you have the instruction manual, only trial-and-error will tell you. Start with 2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 cup of corn kernals. If there is oil left after the corn is popped, decrease the amount of oil by a teaspoon. If the popped corn is burned, increase the oil by a teaspoon. As for the corn, if the pot is full when the popping is done, 1/2 cup is the right amount. If the popped corn over flows, 1/2 cup is too much. Vary the oil and corn until you get it right. Good luck! I love popcorn, so I wish you the best.
If you are using the Cuisinart pop corn poppper, don't use olive oil. Use vegetable oil. Two teaspoons is enough with 1/3 cup of premium kernels. That is it. Turn on the machine and wait til it stops popping. I LOVE my new pop corn popper. I will not do the hot air one again. I always had kernels flying all over my kitchen and popped popcorn everywhere, The Cuisinart popper is the best....
I have the directions for this; send me your address and I'll mail you a copy or I could probably just I have a Presto Caramel Corn'r. These are the directions:
You need a large mixing spoon, wax paper and the following ingredients:
2 T cooking oil
¼ c popcorn
¼ c butter or margarine
½ c brown sugar
2 T light corn syrup
¼ t salt
1/8 t soda
Then follow these steps 1)Pour cooking oil and popcorn into the unit base.Place cover on base.Plug cord into base and then into wall outlet.The signal light will glow when unit is heating.When popping is completed, the signal light will go out indicating that the heat has shut off automatically.Unplug the cord from the wall outlet.Tip unit upside down so popped corn falls into cover.Set cover with popped corn aside.You may want to use a paper towel to remove excess oil and unpopped corn or hulls from the base before making caramel sauce.NOTE:I pop corn for all the batches I intend to make first then do the next steps because you don’t have to clean it each time to make a new batch. 2)To make caramel sauce, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in the base.Plug into wall outlet.Heat mixture stirring constantly until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for three minutes.Unplug cord from outlet and unit. 3)Place the mixing band on the base.Add baking soda and stir until mixture is evenly colored, light and foamy.Add popped corn, stirring to evenly coat with caramel sauce.Remove mixing band.Pour caramel coated corn onto wax paper and separate kernels.Let stand a few minutes before serving.Wash unit before popping more corn.
Cuisinart makes fresh, crunchy, homemade popcorn fast, easy¿.and healthy! The Cuisinart Popcorn Maker pops up to 10 cups of popcorn in under 5 minutes, and lets popcorn lovers decide just how much, and what kind, of popcorn, oil and flavoring to use. Popcorn pops right into a clear plastic bowl that flips to serve, and both bowl and poping plate go into the dishwasher.