Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Ways to Pop Popcorn
Ways to Pop Popcorn
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 13:06:57 -0600
Thomas Turba wrote:
>I don't remember where we got it, or how long we've had it, but we have
>a campfire popcorn popper. It's sort of like a two-piece metal shell on
>a stick with holes in the shell. The stick is heavy wire with a wooden
>handle. The shell clamps together at the other end. You put popcorn in
>the shell and heat it over the coals of a fire while shaking. If you
>know what you're doing, you can make good campfire tasking popcorn.
>However, it's very easy to burn and this is what normally happens when
>kids try it. Now it's just a conversation piece.
We've got one of these poppers, and it's a great camping accessory. I've
seen a new one store recently, but I can't remember where. My wife, being a
"thrifty Scout" got ours at a garage sale ($2 vs. $15-20 new).
We've not had much trouble with Scouts burning popcorn, once they get
properly instructed how to use the popper. Made for a great teaching
opportunity first time we brought it on a campout. None of the Scouts had
popped popcorn other than in a microwave. I had to go through the process
of showing them how to pop the "real thing"--with some assistance from
another adult, as my memory was a bit fuzzy! After it was all done, even
our "cool" teen-aged Scouts were saying things like "Mr. Dilla, where did
you get all this knowledge?" Made me feel old and wise (and I've decided
not to dwell too much on the "old")!
SA T160; MC T196