Stovetop popcorn poppers have been traditionally used to prepare healthy popcorn. Over the years, the technology evolved into electrically powered poppers, but the classic stovetop is still one of the best options in terms of healthiness, durability of the materials and even cost.
The top reasons to choose a stovetop popper
There are a few reasons why a stovetop popper is the best option for your movie night even if some of them might not be as obvious as with some dedicated, electrically powered, poppers.
You can use them anywhere
Your stovetop popper can be used anywhere on an electric or gas powered stove. This gives you the possibility to easily transport the popper and even use it outside. If the handle is made from metal and not wood or plastic, you could even make popcorn on a campfire. There is no other popper that can do this, adding to its durability and versatility.
Because there are a few or no electrical systems, the stovetop popper can last a lifetime. If you look for a high-quality which is made for a classic stove, you can expect an extended lifetime for the product, should you keep it scratch-free.
There is unrivaled versatility for a stovetop popper. As you look into what else you can do with a popper, the options are limited on electrically-powered models. A stovetop popper can be used to roast coffee beans and even heat water. The versatility of the popper is further enhanced by its ability to keep freshness of the coffee beans with the closed lid.
You can save money
One of the best features of a simple design is the ability to save money. Firstly you will save money due to the compact size of the popper. Secondly you will save money as you only need to turn the gas on when you need popcorn. There is no need for an electric supply for a built-in clock or timer.
However, one of the drawbacks of the stovetop popper is that you need to watch it while the popcorn is getting ready. You don`t want your kernels to burn. You also can`t see the popping as the materials is made from metal, not glass as with some hot air or microwave poppers. You also need to pay attention to the handling of the popper after the popcorn is done. Make sure you only use the wooden handle to avoid any accidents. If you have kids in the house you also need to ensure they stay away from the popper to avoid any burns.
A traditional stovetop popper can also be a great learning tool for the whole family and especially for the kids which might feel disconnected from traditional methods with all the new gadgets and electronics. It will also be a healthier option for the kids as you control what seasoning goes on the popcorn and you can avoid some ingredients which might not be beneficial in some pre-packaged kernels.