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PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the brand and age of your hot air popper, you may need to let it run and heat up for up to 2 minutes.
Never, ever leave a popcorn popper unattended when in use.
There are two ways to deal with this. The first would be to use a Kernel Katcher Popcorn Bowl. This bowl has a special compartment in the bottom which collects unpopped kernels and excess hulls. You can view a video of how the Kernel Katcher works here. The second way would be to pop the mushroom popcorn in a hot air popper. A hot air popper tends to dry out the hulls so they fall off more readily while being popped and also afterward in your bowl.
Mushroom popcorn is typically used for making Caramel or Candied Popcorn and Kettle Corn (these types of popcorn are usually highly processed, so excess hulls tend to get stripped off). It is not usually used for plain eating, although we love it that way and many of our customers do enjoy eating it with salt and butter. If you're looking for a great snacking popcorn try our Itsy Bitsy Tiny Kernel Popcorn, Tender Pop Hulless Popcorn or Movie Pop Movie Theater Popcorn.
Also, our popcorn is much larger than regular kernels and using the popper's recommended amount is usually too much. If the recommended amount is 1/2 cup, try 1/3 cup..
Tips For crunchier Mushroom Popcorn Mushroom Popcorn is usually used for making Caramel Corn, or other types of candied popcorn. The process of making caramel corn sort of guarantees that the popcorn is going to end up crunchy because it steams off every last bit of moisture left after it pops. If you are experiencing chewy popcorn, the following 5 Tips should help you achieve maximum crunch.
- Make sure the popcorn is well ventilated while popping (ie letting the steam escape during popping).
- After dumping into a bowl (immediately after popping), you can wait another minute or two before digging in :-) I know that's hard to do but it lets more of the steam escape which definitely results in more crunch.
- Let your hot air popper blow into the bowl of just popped popcorn to drive off excess moisture.
- A customer of ours sent in his suggestion. "... A delicious popcorn, a bit tricky for a first time user to keep it from being chewy. Once mastered, it's crisp and fluffy. Make sure to follow the directions...also, my trick for keeping it crisp is; once it is done popping, pour it into a large paper bag. The paper absorbs the steam so it doesn't get chewy. Also great way to season, pour in bag, sprinkle your seasoning and shake. Yum!"
- And finally, if it's still not crisping up the way you like after popping, you can put it on a tray in an oven or toaster oven for 3-5 minutes at 300F and it will definitely come out crispy. Remember to put on a timer so you don't set your popcorn on fire!
One of our wonderful customers had this to say about our Tender Pop Hulless Popcorn: "I have to be careful about indigestible things like popcorn hulls. This hulless popcorn is heaven sent and delicious too!"
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The external dimensions of the Kernel Katcher (eg. size when assembled / space needed in your cupboard to store it) are approx:
The Kernel Katcher bowl holds 15-16 cups of popcorn. However, we find that to really take advantage of its main feature, not more than around 13 cups is best. That allows you to put on the lid and still have enough room to swirl the popcorn around enough to let the kernels fall through.
We do have a few products that we do include the shipping. You can find those products here:
However, for the most part, we do not offer free shipping. The reason is because, contrary to popular belief, USPS, UPS, and FedEx all require us to pay them in order to ship a package! While we could just do what many other online stores/services do which is "roll" the shipping cost into the price of the product, we think that ultimately that is unfair to our customers. Why is this unfair? Well, if a certain percentage of a product's price is allocated to shipping, then if you buy more than 1 item, you are essentially paying DOUBLE to ship those items.
We prefer to keep the shipping charge separate, so we can properly calculate based on the total package weight, rather than charge shipping per item. We even offer "flat rate range" shipping which you can read about here:
So, until Package Carriers allow us to ship packages for free, we will always charge shipping, but we will do so fairly and accurately and won't tack on additional processing and handling fees.