Popcorn is a favorite snack almost everywhere and found commonly at sports events, fests and movie theaters. It is economic and its health benefits make it an ideal snack at home too while watching a movie, family time or while spending a lazy evening with friends. The love for popcorn has inspired companies to make a wide range of popcorn makers that are easy to use in households. The wide variety available in the market makes it difficult to identify the best popcorn poppers for homes. While all of them promise to be the best and most ideal, there are several key aspects of the design and the appliance’s functions to look at before determining what would be the best purchase and value for money.
It is most desirable that the popcorn must be fluffy and crisp. No one wants their popcorns burnt or least of all un-popped kernels. The demand for popcorn has led to several ready to cook microwavable popcorn bags which pose several health risks. It has been researched that the chemical diacetyl or diacetyl trimers used in microwavable popcorn bags, to create a buttery flavor causes severe health problems. The microwavable bags are made of per-floro octanoic acid (p-foa) to waterproof and oil proof the bags, which can turn into hazardous compounds when microwaved. Those who eat as much as two packets of these per day alone have cause to worry.
These health risks posed by microwaveable bags of popcorn can be avoided by using popcorn makers that are simple appliances to make popcorn in. If the popcorn is to be made at home, it should not be rocket science. It is always desirable that the vessel is easy to use, compact, and manageable and allows flexibility in cooking a wide variety of recipes. The most important factor would be that the popcorn maker consistently delivers high-quality popcorn. While factors such as taste and flavor are highly subjective, one could look for popcorn poppers that facilitate the addition of oil, or butter or drizzles of chocolate and caramel on the popcorn to enhance its flavor as desirable.
The build of the popcorn maker would be another aspect to consider. Popcorn makers with interiors of stainless steel may be heavier than those made of lightweight aluminum or non-stick surfaces. The popcorn maker must be free of bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic compound used in the making of plastics. BPA is not ideal to withstand heat exposures, as they quickly degrade to compounds that pose health hazards. The popcorn maker must be easy to set up and clean. While some popcorn makers are dishwasher safe, others are not. Another major factor to consider would be its maximum capacity at a time.
The popcorn makers available in the market are microwave popcorn poppers, hot air, electric or stovetop popcorn poppers. While microwave and hot air popcorn poppers do not require much oil, electric and stovetop popcorn poppers are best in terms of versatility in cooking different recipes. The electric and stovetop popcorn poppers are for those who are not concerned about oil in their recipes.