How's the "Popcorn" button on your microwave?

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  1. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I love microwave popcorn. I have never used the button though, as I don't trust it. In fact I've never used any of the preset microwave buttons. I just assume they would be wrong.
     
  2. Retu

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    My microwave doesn't have popcorn-button either. It only has two dials, one for timer and the other for power. A cheap thing.
     
  3. Avon

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    microwaved popcorn is nasty. i can't imagine anyone eating enough of it to require a special button.
     
  4. Coloratura

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    I buy it by the box (Pop Weaver; 15 packs for $3). The family eats it a bit more than I do, but I like popcorn, and for me the microwave does a fine job of getting it all nice and popped.
     
  5. Emher

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    It works pretty great, but...

    ...you make popcorn on the stove. Only way to do it.
     
  6. Trekker4747

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    D... dials? :confused:
     
  7. trekkiedane

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    ^You know... like on the TV [​IMG]
     
  8. Emher

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    Oh we used to have one of those that mom and ad bought at the end of the 80s, I loved that thing. I had it down to a science making things in that!
     
  9. billcosby

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    It's pretty ass. It burns the popcorn.
    So I take it out at 2:30. There's some unpopped ones but the popped ones taste perfect so it's a decent trade off.

    I'm a big fan of microwave popcorn... almost as good as the theatre.
     
  10. Owain Taggart

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    Never worked too well as it always tends to burn the popcorn, so I end up just entering the time manually.

    Recently, one brand started offering mini snack bags, which have a flaw. Following the directions on the package and the bags start to burn at the seams when it's not even halfway done, before it fully puffs up.
     
  11. Alidar Jarok

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    Salted nothing with butter, usually :D

    Anyway, I rarely make popcorn and never trust the popcorn button, so I can't comment. My friend who worked in a movie theater is somehow really good at making popcorn so it doesn't burn, which is great because burned popcorn is a terrible smell that has a tendency to linger (particularly in a dorm room, which is the last time I ate popcorn).
     
  12. Captain Ice

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    ...and the stereo. :cardie:
     
  13. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    I'll let you know when I get there.
    And the phone :p
     
  14. Trekker4747

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    The phone?! But then how do you use your apps?!
     
  15. Coloratura

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    When I think of "telephone" or "phone," I still get this mental image:

    [​IMG]

    So either I'm getting older, or my brain simply does not update itself regularly.
     
  16. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    Texting the word "dial" on older mobile phones with predictive text gave me some unexpected results...



    Anyway, to the popcorn question. It's been a while since we bought "pop your own" corn for popping, and our old trusty microwave (complete with dial and pinging bell) was the go-to appliance of choice, operating at "standard" operational mode - no "popcorn" setting for us - but back then I didn't like popcorn so I can't really comment on its quality.

    I don't know if our current 1100W rig has its own popcorn setting, but then again I only ever use it on full blast for anything remotely microwaveable, and trust in the gas cooker, grill and oven for everything else.

    These days my popcorn comes pre-popped and from a bag (plastic or paper).
     
  17. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    I only use "apps" on my Nokia N900 micro-tablet device.

    WOW, that model seems to be a lot more advanced than mine, it even has letters on it :drool:

    Here's mine:

    [​IMG]
    It even has the "HELP - DIAL 000" on it still!​

    But everyone knows you get better results (in heating stuff by microwave) by using the half energy but double time-method!!!
     
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  18. Melakon

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    My Popcorn button on the microwave is doing fine, and thanks you for asking.

    It only controls time, with no adjustment for bag size, because it's a cheap piece of crap that was about $50. One click presets to 2:30, but if it goes that long, the popcorn is likely to get burn spots.

    But since it only controls time, there are fabulous moments throughout history I can visit. :shifty:
     
  19. iguana_tonante

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    Butter on popcorn is not particularly common in Italy, usually it's served with salt only.
     
  20. trekkiedane

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    ^I still remember the horror on the faces of some Germans I once made popcorn for.... they were horrified that I'd put salt, not sugar, on them!

    Meanwhile even Germans have realised that salt should be the primary taste of popcorn (and accepted umami as a possible other taste).



    As there are quite a few German members right here, perhaps one of them might have a comment to this post!?