In a previous post John shared his secret to make Perfect Popped Popcorn, it is a very good method to make a healthy, low cost snack. For the longest time I didn’t like popcorn, but lately I’ve been a ravenous popcorn addict, sneaking a small pot here and there just to get me by until I could make a big pot. It has become my favorite snack in a hurry.
I like my popcorn with butter and salt, both of which are not known for being healthy. Well I think I’ve solved the butter problem. Enter Kernel Season’s Popcorn Spritzer! I saw this in the popcorn section of our grocery store when I was gathering kernel’s to feed my addiction but I ignored it, thinking it would taste chemically, artificial or just bad. In a day of weakness I picked up a bottle to try when my craving was at it’s peak. Below is the product you are looking for in all of it’s splendor.
I came home and made a small batch just to test this spritzer out, I didn’t know what to expect. It was FANTASTIC!!! The flavor is very close to real butter without the fat, calories and cholesterol. No chemically, funny or otherwise displeasing taste or smell. It is “lighter” is the best way I can explain it, it doesn’t have the dense feel butter leaves on popcorn.
I really enjoy the aerosol concept of applying it, it just seems like a good idea to me. However that is one drawback, it seems to have too much propellent and comes out almost violently. They suggest doing short bursts, which I agree with but I wish it was a gentler misting style discharge than an aggressive mist. My other complaint would be that it does leave your fingers greasy and I don’t like that. I’m not entirely sure about if this increases or decreases salt/seasoning adhesion or not. They claim it does, however I notice a lot of loose salt on the bottom and sides of the bowl. This could be the seasoning/salt adhering to the overspray on the bowl but it seems fairly loose. Whatever the case it’s not enough of a short coming for me to have it disuade my usage.
I’ll stress the technique mentioned in John’s post about using fine salt. We have the Perfex Salt and Pepper Mills which allow the user to control the size of the grind, from powder to whole peppercorns or sea salt crystals falling out as you turn the handle. While these are expensive, I’ll certainly admit that, they are the last salt and pepper mill you will ever buy. If you’re purchasing special salt this will pay for itself quickly and you can use it for other cooking as well and who doesn’t love cool cooking toys! If you have to John’s food processor method is a good substitute, but I prefer sea salt/kosher salt to iodized salt, it has a mellower flavor and is more forgiving.
On the salt/seasoning front I’m going to continue testing the seasonings I find and report back with any findings worth sharing. I’m also looking into salt substitutes, but so far they all taste “off” but I remain optimistic that I’ll find a way to make this a healthy snack!
Any suggestions of toppings I should try? Lets take popcorn to the next level!