HOWTO make a stove-top tin-can popcorn popper

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10 Responses to “HOWTO make a stove-top tin-can popcorn popper”

  1. jordan314 says:

    I’m pretty sure there’s a strong link between heated aluminum and alzheimers?

  2. bzishi says:

    jordan314:

    There is certainly not a strong link.

  3. mmbb says:

    There is circumstantial evidence linking this metal (AL) with Alzheimer’s disease but no causal relationship has yet been proved. As evidence for other causes continues to grow, a possible link with aluminium seems increasingly unlikely.
    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=99

    yet:
    Epidemiologic evidence strongly suggests a causal role for local environmental conditions relating to availability of aluminum, calcium, and magnesium. In view of the fact that a major consequence of acid rain is the liberation of large amounts of aluminum in bioavailable forms, concerns are raised about possible human health risks of this environmental phenomenon.
    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1568482

    I’ll not take my chances. I also don’t consume ecstasy, meth, or dope, bzishi.

  4. wolfrider says:

    who eats that little popcorn? seriously!

  5. akbar56 says:

    Got you one better. Learned this from Alton Brown.

    1 brown paper lunch sack
    1/3 cup of corn
    2 staples

    Place corn in bag. Fold over top of bag twice 1/4 inch thick. Staple* bag shut at ends.

    Microwave for 2+ minutes (my unit take 2:07 to pop properly.)

    Remove from bag, apply seasoning. Enjoy.

    *Now you might be saying, “Staples? Isn’t that metal in a microwave?” Sure, but the metal is small enough that nothing bad can happen. Although in a pinch i’ve been known to do the cut/fold in opposite direction method instead of staples and it works fine.

  6. ill.gates says:

    WARNING!

    heating aluminum has been known to cause alzheimer’s and many other nasty things. please do NOT under any circumstances use aluminum cans to pop popcorn.

  7. J. Fields says:

    Aluminum cans are coated on the interior with a chemical compound called bisphenol A. There are potential health risks involved, I can’t imagine heating the can would help in this regard. Probably not the best thing to do. Check out the Wikipedia entry for more info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol-A

  8. FrankenPengie says:

    aluminum ≠ tin

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