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Incorrect popping popped well first few times of use, now burns popcorn and most kernels don't pop

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  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    i have the same problem, how did vegtable oil work

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    same problem...i think this product is made to break down...gonna go buy the 3rd popper in about 3 years...the first one broke because the metal stirring rod melted the plastic cap and wouldnt stir the pop corn..

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Had same problem because i was using olive oil. now using vegetable oil and it works fine.

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The speed it heats cannot be too fast, there is only so many watts in the heat element. it may go to hot, but never to fast.
The best way to test temp is time the 2nd popping cycle with a stop watch. the second batch should be 3 mins +/- 30 seconds. if it is 4 mins it is too cold. a 2 min popping cycle is to hot.
A popper that is too cold is also popping poor quality popcorn, higher amount of unpopped kernels, and small chewy popcorn.
Measure carfully when doing time test popping. That model is 2oz oil, 6oz popcorn, and 1 tsp salt. Start timing when you put ingredients in, and stop when you dump it. The kettle must be hot, that is why you time the 2nd batch.

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2. The use of oil is optional, but not necessary. If desired, drizzle a small amount of vegetable oil over the unpopped kernels, then stir to coat the kernels.
3. Place cover on the base bowl. Cook on High in the microwave for approximately 3-5 minutes (microwave ovens vary tremendously!), or until popping slows down. Allow Popcorn Popper to cool before repeated use. Do not try to re-pop unpopped kernels.
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