Ray, I always love your posts. Don't always understand what you're saying, but love them none the less! One thing that did develop from that post was now I need a Stir Crazy. No, not for roasting coffee. SC=Great home made Kettle Corn! Gotta be sooo much better than the nuker stuff which is NOT really like good Kettle Corn. The make this (barely) on topic that nuker finish roasted coffee from Smiles we experimented with some time back was terrible. Much worse in comparison than nuker Kettle Corn to the good stuff. Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. From: homeroast-admin [mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of raymanowen Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 8:33 AM And then there are the blockheads like Yours Truly- unlettered wannabe (ULW) who wonders what we do to ourselves when we deny ourselves certain foods instead of enjoying the abundant variety from Antigua to Zimbabwe. I got a Stir Crazy8, and thought the plastic-geared clock motor had to be a stretch, even for stirring a few oz of popcorn at temperature. Wow- does the SC ever do a job on popcorn. Guess it's supposed to, what? Besides, you can't do Kettle Corn in an air popper, and the SC does just great. Huh- I always thought Correctol was the film developer to be used in case you shot a roll of Plus-X with the exposure meter set to 400 for Tri-X. Instead of sorbitol, you could try some microdol and see what develops. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Kettle corn is remarkably easy to make in a regular pot. I forget what recipe I used, but if you do a google search. I always put in three kernels in the oil to start to bring the oil to the right temp., just like I do for regular popcorn - then I add the sugar & popcorn, & shake til it's all done. Couldn't be easier. Lynne miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip>
I had determined to take the Giant Leap Forward from air popper roasting to something with which I could s t r e t c h the duration to First Crack and the 1-2 interval. SC/TO was getting the most press at the time, and for good reason. Positive temperature control. Like Ron Popeil says, "Set it and Forget it!" -Almost. Unlike Ron Popeil says, "Set it and Keep an Eye on it!" The Stir Crazy 8 was cheap and easy on eBay. $15 Such was not the case with the Sunpentown Turbo Oven. One of them even closed higher than the retail price. Nuts! I'd like to make big bucks on the 'Bay- but not with a bunch of Goniffs sniping your 6. The Stir Crazy 8 arrived complete and functional, and the first test batch of popcorn sealed its doom never to roast coffee. Orville Redenbacher used to send lots of unpopped kernels out of the air poppers, all over the counter and floor. Not one unpopped with the SC 8. (The 8 just has a deeper cover than the standard Stir Crazy.) Lynne, my marital status notwithstanding, I love you but I disagree. You say, "shake til it's all done. Couldn't be easier." I say, Could too, Could too, Could too. I like Ron Popeil's "Set it and Forget it," where you rely on your electromotive servant, one Master Reddy Kilowatt, in CILCO (Central Illinois Light Co.) terms. Shake Nothing. Put down that skillet. Set it and... Listen and Watch. I hate recipes. Too predictable. No individuality. Except- when reloading ammunition. Recipes are our friend. Could save your 6 o'clock feature. Back to the coffee- or whenever- snack: Kettle Corn. You can make it as horrific as you like. For a tame start, 1/3c popcorn on each side of the Stir Crazy 8 wire (=2/3c total), 2tbsp total Wesson (soy) oil over the popcorn YMMV, less is better IMO, 1/4c table sugar or 1/3c sugar + 1/8tsp molasses sprinkled over popcorn, Place cover, Plug it in, Plug it in. Go, Big Red KW, Go! Do Nothing Permit the corn to pop, But Don't try to pop the last kernel. DC the SC from Big Red and let it sit. The last few kernels may only expand 1.5X - 3X instead of 8X - 9X for a full pop. Meanwhile, the temperature would go up and you'd think the sugar turned to epoxy when you attempt to clean it. Invert the Stir Crazy to capture the lid full of Kettle Corn, then rinse the sugar off the base while it's still hot. Flex sprayer works. It's a snap to clean. (You can thank me later...) I add a big pinch of salt (~1/16tsp) to the 2 gal of Kettle Corn after I dump it into a paper shopping sack. Oh, OK. You got me. I shake it all up- like the Lime in the Coconut. Mmmm- But now I have Kettle Corn, and Big Red did most of the work. miKe mcKoffee wrote: <Snip> -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Wichita WurliTzer
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. <Snip> Checked out eBay - I think I actually owned one of those back in the '80's. <Snip> Hey, I was going to buy one of those once. The eBay high $$ put me off, too. Never did purchase it. <Snip> Hmm - now I was thinking that it was the poor quality of popcorn that is sold in the grocery stores today that caused excessive unpopped kernels. <Snip> (ah, she blushes... :-[ ) <Snip> Yes, but you have to understand that to me, whipping up a double batch (that's a dozen eggs) of biscotti in four different flavors ('inventing' new flavors, depending on what's in the cabinet) is duck soup to me. (Finding people to GIVE some to, now that's another story... have to lose weight...NEED to lose weight...) Don't make bread everyday by hand anymore (kids are grown, besides, I'd still eat it all myself). This last holiday I FINALLY figured out how to NOT cook a zillion different dishes. (I mean, who on earth really needs several main courses, veggies (for the vegetarians of the house, and everyone else), a giant salad, several desserts including five or six pies... and more. And no, I don't have an army to feed!) But I do love my kitchen gadgets. Have to keep myself from buying too much. Don't need it. Won't buy it. Can do more, with less. Lynne (who is really starting to think about espresso makers now...) raymanowen wrote: <Snip>