Saturday, May 8, 2010

Waring And Great Northern Popcorn



I don't often post on two products together, but I really couldn't review one of these products without the other. These companies have not endorsed each other, and I am using these products together because they were both sent for our birthday bash!

I've always wanted a professional popcorn maker. They take up a lot of room, but they are so much fun! It really sets the stage for the ultimate movie night at home! We were sent a Waring Pro WPM40 Kettle Popcorn Maker. It boasts 600 Watts of power and it has a 5 year warranty! The pivoting kettle and the door can be removed for easy clean up. The metal strip below the door tilts out (you can also remove it for cleaning) so you can fill up your popcorn bowl with ease! A heat lamp keeps the popped corn nice and warm! Discount Tommy supplied convenient 6 ounce portion packs. Each pack contains gourmet popcorn, buttery seasoned salt, and low melt oil. Everything is premeasured so you end up with less mess! They also take up very little space. I have used other portion packs in the past. From my experience, Great Northern Popcorn Company has the most flavorful popcorn with the least amount of unpopped kernels. When I used the portion pack for the first time, I noticed that the end result was too salty for me. Adjusting this was easy. I simply used less of the seasoned salt in my next batch! It may take a couple of tries to get your ideal popcorn, but it is worth it in the end. The Waring Pro Kettle Popcorn Maker is available in Chili Red! The unit features two switches on the front of the unit, one controls the light while the other controls the heat. The kettle can be easily removed. To remove the kettle, unplug it. Then pull the handle down (like you would to empty the popcorn) and then pull the pin on the left side of the kettle and slide the kettle out. Never submerge the kettle in water. It wipes clean with mild dtergent and a quick rinse. The kettle lid is magnetic and you can lift it out of the way when you are filling the kettle with oil and salt. When you have allowed the oil and salt to heat for approx. 4 minutes, add your unpopped kernels and close the lid. Close the door on the unit and wait for the popping to stop, then immediately turn off the switch that controls the warming of the kettle. Pull down on kettle handle and allow the popcorn to spill out. The Waring Pro Kettle Popcorn maker is easy to use!The portion packs from Great Northern Popcorn Company really helped eliminate mess. All the ingredients are together! We LOVE this popcorn and so did our family! There were very few unpopped kernels left after I removed the popcorn and put it into bowls. The Waring Pro Kettle Popcorn Maker features a grated bottom. The unpopped kernels can either fall through or you can sweep them across the grate. The tray below the grate collects them and you can remove the tray to dump the kernels for easy clean up! The Waring Pro Popcorn Popper is supposed to yield 12 cups in two and a half minutes. It didn't for me. That wasn't a big issue for me though. It took just over 3 minutes for my six ounce portion pack to pop. The oil was heated for the recommended time before the kernels were poured into the kettle. It could be that Waring used a different popcorn when the product was tested. There may also be other factors involved. Whatever the reason, I am completely satisfied! I'm not sure how well the warming light worked because there was never any popcorn left! As soon as I made popcorn, it disappeared! The portion packs (available in several sizes) from Great Northern Popcorn Company can be used in any popcorn popper. You can even use it on your stove top! I like popping popcorn over the fire pit (in a covered pot of course!) on cool evenings. These portion packs are easy to pack and they would be perfect for camping trips! It will be impossible to ever go back to microwave popcorn again! And I don't have to! These portion packs are affordable when you buy from Discount Tommy! This popcorn is light and fluffy, and movie theater popcorn buttery (without being drowned in oily butter) and it's better than ordinary movie theater popcorn. It smells so good and tastes even better!

To Disclose: I was sent a Waring Pro Kettle Popcorn Maker (from Waring/PR Firm) and Great Northern Popcorn Portion Packs (compliments of Discount Tommy!) in order to complete this review. No monetary compensation received.

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