HOWTO make a stove-top tin-can popcorn popper


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:


    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.

    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.

    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:


    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:

  8. FrankenPengie says:

    aluminum ≠ tin

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