The scent of popcorn popping is a magical moment that takes us straight back to our childhood.

Every Sunday night, we popped up popcorn on the stove. We had a designated giant popcorn bowl (Mom still has it!) that we all scooped from. It was the one night we got to eat in front of the TV 🙂 and we cherished that family time.

It seems like everyone has their own popcorn memory. Maybe your grandpa loved to pop it up in the giant roaster pan every time the grandkids came over. Maybe you always enjoyed a bag at the baseball game with your Dad, or shared one with your siblings at the fair, or split one with your sweetheart at the festival on Main Street.

Whatever memories it brings, we hope you’ve enjoyed our Old-Fashioned Popcorn.  It is proudly grown on our century farm just outside Albion, Iowa. And if you pop it up for dinner on a Sunday night, think of us! We’ll be doing the exact same thing.

We’re currently out of stock of this year’s popcorn – thanks for supporting our family farm!

Old-fashioned popping recipe

Popping popcorn on the stove:

  1. Use a large thick-bottomed saucepan with a loose-fitting lid. Pour in 3 or 4 Tablespoons of cooking oil (not butter) and warm it over medium-high heat. If your oil starts to smoke, it is too hot!
  2. Test the heat of the oil by dropping in one or two kernels. When the kernel pops or spins in the oil, you’re ready to add the remaining popcorn. 
  3. Pour just enough kernels (1/3 cup to ½ cup) to cover the bottom of the pan. Shake the pan to be certain the oil coats each kernel.
  4. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds to bring all of the kernels to a near-popping temperature.
  5. Put the pan back on the heat and move the pan back and forth over the burner. Your popcorn should begin popping soon and all at once. Keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam escape. That way your popcorn will be crisper.
  6. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the lid and pour the popcorn immediately into a large bowl to serve.
  7. Add any seasonings and toss to distribute. Enjoy!