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No user manual

Just got it at a garage sale, in great cond, but need to know if I pop the corn with the plastic part of the lid on or off???? Thanks

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Re: no user manual

Where can I buy the black plastic lid that fits on top of the clear bowl, I lost mine and want to replace it.

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Hi, not only can you use it with the plastic part of the lid off, you should. My finding is that if we make popcorn with the plastic part of the lid on, moisture can't escape and it makes the popcorn soggy.

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Pop the popcorn with the plastic lid off.....the lid is only used after popping and if you are using the lid as a bowl.
Hope this helps....

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The plastic LID remains OFF while the corn is being popped. This lets the steam escape so the popped corn stays crisp and doesn't come out "chewy". Put the LID ON when popping is done and turn the top over to remove from the cooking base. It's its own serving bowl. Very simple, very convenient.

Posted on May 31, 2008

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There's a manual on the web, google "west bend stir crazy"

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Keep the lid on, you can put butter up top to melt

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