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1) Q: Do I need training before operating the popcorn machine?
A: Yes, upon delivery of popcorn machine, you will be given a quick tutorial on how to safely operate the machine. A laminated copy of the operating and cleaning instructions will also be given to you.
2) Q: Can I use my own bulk popcorn kernels in the popcorn machine?
A:NO. The only popcorn allowed to be popped in the machine are "All in One" popcorn packs which contain a pre measured amount of kernels, salt & oil.
3) Q: Can I sell the popcorn that I make in the popcorn machine.
4) Q: Can I leave popcorn machine unattended ?
A: The only time that you can leave the machine unattended is after all of the electrical switches (3) are turned off. The inside of the popcorn machine can become very hot and serious scalds / burns can occur if you touch the kettle while it is hot. Please be very careful when operating the machine.
5) Q: Do you have any nutritional information on your "All in One" popcorn pack
A: Yes, please see Nutrition Facts below (for Coconut Oil):
6) Q: Can I return any unused supplies ?
A: Please note we have a new return policy, all supplies are NON-FUNDABLE.
7) Q: What do I do if the machine is not operating properly?
A: First, unplug the machine and ensure all surroundings are safe. Second, call the telephone number on The Popcorn Guy sticker on the machine. All efforts will be made to correct the problem as soon as possible.
8) Q: How many packages of "All in One" popcorn can I pop in the kettle at one time?
A: Only ONE bag at a time. The bags are precisely sized to the popcorn kettle for maximum throughput.
9) Q: How long does it take to make one batch of popcorn?
A: Starting from a "cold" machine, it takes approx 5 minutes from start to finish on the first bag. On a "warm" machine the start to finish batch time is approx 2-1/2 minutes.
10) Q: How long will popcorn last after it has been popped?
A: It depends on many factors. If you package and seal the popped popcorn in a plastic airtight bag it should last 3-4 days before it starts to go stale.
11) Q: What kind of cleaner should I use to clean the machine after I am finished using it.
A: Please wipe the kettle agitator and kettle lid (once it has cooled down) with either a cloth or paper towel. NEVER USE STEEL WOOL or anything abrasive, even if you have accidentally "burned" the bottom of the kettle, please do not attempt to clean it (only wipe it so it is free of debris. The Popcorn Guy has special kettle cleaner and will take care of cleaning it. Please remove all popcorn and old maids (unpopped popcorn) from the inside of the cabinet and old maid tray. Please clean the inside of the glass windows with standard glass cleaner (Windex), use newspaper instead of paper towels, news paper does not leave any lint behind!!
12) Q: What type of oil is best?
A: Choosing the correct oil will be your biggest decision. Oil affects the taste and the nutritional value of your popcorn. Theaters love to use coconut oil because it burns the cleanest, and supposedly tastes the best. If you are health-conscious however, you may want to steer clear of coconut oil and try canola oil (canola oil has a lower fat and cholesterol content). Other oils frequently used are sunflower, peanut, corn and soy. The best plan for choosing oil is to research the nutritional value, then trial and error each to determine which tastes best. The only oil to avoid is vegetable oil, because it cannot stand the heat of the kettle and tends to catch on fire.
A light, golden-colored oil, similar to safflower oil. Low in saturated fat. Extracted from the seeds of a plant in the turnip family (the same plant as the vegetable broccoli rabe). It has a mild flavor and aroma. It is most commonly available in a refined form. Its mild flavor and relatively high smoke point make refined canola oil a good all-purpose oil. Of all the oils, it has the least amount of saturated fat and is one of the least expensive.
Coconut oil is delicious and very popular at theaters and other venues where the great smell of popping corn is meant to attract people. It is generally considered the best tasting alternative, although not the healthiest.
Made from pressed, steam-cooked peanuts. Peanut oil has a bland flavor and is good for cooking because it doesn't absorb or transfer flavors. Its smoking point is slightly lower than corn or safflower oil. Peanut oil is really good for popcorn for a couple reasons. First, it is light in flavor and that's a good thing when you want to taste the corn. However, some people can have severe peanut allergies, so this is not as popular an option as it use to be.
A light, odorless and nearly flavorless oil pressed from sunflower seeds. Pale yellow and versatile.Generally also considered to be one of the healthier choices.
Made from the germ of the corn kernel. Corn oil is almost tasteless and is excellent for cooking because it can withstand high temperatures without smoking. It is high in polyunsaturated fat however.
Highly refined soy oil is reasonably priced, very mild and versatile, accounting for over 80% of all oil used in commercial food production in the U.S.
13) Q: Why does popcorn pop?
A: Watch the video below to find out!
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