dealschris freytag stir crazy 6 quart 1000 watt…

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I have one of these & it works really well. Also, the bowl / lid is convenient.
I paid $26 for mine not too long ago.

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It's refurbished!!

I have a Whirley Pop popper that makes great popcorn, but it's a b!!ch to clean. Washing it in ghot soapy water like you normally would makes the oil residue like glue.
Even refurbished though, I'm tempted on this because it says it's a non-stick surface.

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Uh, that would be 'hot' soapy water....

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While trying to find info on this popper, I ran across this guy's blog here: http://markshangout.com/ He has a long article about popping corn. He recommends using Great Northern Popcorn Company Portion Packs - AMZN link is on his site - the packs have coconut oil, seasoning and corn in separate parts.

I'm going to give them a try. (along with getting this popper) I know for me, ever since the microwave popcorn companies took out whatever that flavoring was that was causing their plant workers to get sick, microwave popcorn hasn't tasted the same. N41

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is there a way to make kettle corn with this? I can't find anything about kettle-corn kernels for use in machines like this.

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I might just have to use my free shipping coupon on this.

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@therealjrn: Those packs are as close as you'll get to the good old-time popcorn that you used to get at the theater.

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I have one of these.
My kids love watching the kernels pop. It makes really good popcorn. I find it can get a little soggy in there, and isn't QUITE as good as popping in a large pan or wok, where the aftermath of heat seems to crisp up the popcorn.

I'd totally buy one again though. If memory serves, ours is over 12 years old.

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@zuiquan: Thanks for the reassurance, I'm looking forward to it!

@breaddrink: The blogger I mentioned above heats his oven to 200 degrees; he puts the popped corn in a roasting pan and lets it dry out for 30 minutes...I don't know If I could wait that long, but he says this method is great for crisping it up and when you do batches and a have a big crowd to pop for.

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I literally just bought a hot air popper this week after months of doig it on the stove and cleaning up oil. I am disappoint.

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I used to have one of these and it did just fine. I now have a whirley pop and it is great. It does take about 2 minutes for the corn to pop while you are turning and turning the crank but the result is worth it. I usually just wipe it out with a paper towel, per the directions, but I also put it in the dishwasher occasionally and haven't had any issues. But if you really want an electric popper, the Stir Crazy is probably your best bet.

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@donslin: I've got a whirleypop. I just use very little oil. The bucket is fine, but yes, the top is a bit gummy.

Oh, and I clean it (by hand) with soap & water every time. I don't care what the directions say on anything... if I'm cooking with it, I'm cleaning it.

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I have a (I think slightly smaller) West Bend Stir Crazy popper that replaced a stand-up model with a chute. The Stir Crazy performs MUCH better than my old one. Pops the vast majority of the kernels, doesn't burn (unless you let it), doesn't spit popcorn everywhere. You can even put real butter on the top of the popper under the lid and as the popper heats up, the butter melts and drips through the holes. For this price, I would definitely recommend it, especially if you have a popper you're not happy with.

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I don't understand the need for a machine. All you need is a pan with a lid. It doesn't take much skill to make popcorn.

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Word to the small kitchen owners. These are pretty big for an appliance, and with the dome shape they take up quite a lot of storage space in the cabinets.

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@motytrah: Part of the fun is watching the thing explode in a frenzy of poppery inside the thing.

It also is very nice not to have to sit there and go shake-shake-shake-shake-shake, and scorching is VERY difficult to do unless you're a complete doof.

We have the 8-quart model, have had it for about a decade now. The difference is that the cover is squared-off on top rather than being a straight dome. Use it at least weekly. LOVE IT.

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@motytrah: I have made some delicious, crispy popcorn in a pot/pan, and while it's good stuff, it's too oily for my taste and often requires lots of cleanup due to the oil that pops out (the lid is ajar so steam escapes).

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@laxman15: I put a tablespoon of sugar in with the kernals and oil just before the kernals start to pop. The sugar will start to burn just before the time the corn finishes popping, so you have to flip the popper a little early, but the result is kettle corn.

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@mikegrmi: Oh my god, I have to try that. How does it affect the clean-up? The one drawback of this style of popper is I never really feel like I've gotten it clean.

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MORE IMPORTANT THAN POPCORN: You can home-roast coffee with one of these. Check out the guides at sweetmarias.com. People tend to combine one of these with an infrared "turbo oven" to get a monstrosity of a home roaster.

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My brother rents a basement in a house and only had access to a microwave. This will round out the appliances I've already given him: an induction burner and a toaster oven. He is a popcorn fanatic, and it sounds like he won't be disappointed. And he roasts his own coffee, so it sounds like a win-win. Thanks, lotsofgoats!

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I have one of these and love it (I bought the brand at Wal-Mart) Way better than Microwave popcorn or the stupid stand-up air popper that kept breaking down. It does make kettle corn and is great for when you have a houseful of kids that want to watch a movie, make the max amount, melt butter on the top and VOILA! happy kids and easy to clean.

Totally recommend it for anyone that eats popcorn on a regular basis.

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Anyone have any experience roasting coffee beans in one of these?

There's no caffeine in corn, right?

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@hasopt and @spike443 -- there are two ways I've seen to use the Stir Crazy to roast coffee. The first involves getting the SC to heat up higher than normally, which involves removing the thermostat and other such hacky things (replacing plastic parts with metal, etc.). The other involves only using the SC for the "Stir" part, utilizing heat from a turbo oven to do the actual roasting.

A quick search of "Turbo Crazy" and you'll see what I mean.

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ewww, it's refurbished. I wouldn't want someone else's old dusty and crusty kernels in my popper! LOL

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I refuse to buy until they offer one with an orange dome.

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nothing to add that hasn't already been said.
have one - love it!
received as a gift - thought it would collect dust.
very surprised how often i use this - so easy.
really nice touch for movie nights.

a word of caution tho...
i did once try to make the full 6 cup capacity -
don't know if it was the popcorn i used, but it couldn't contain it all - the top slowly rose up and though somewhat comical,
things got a bit messy.

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air poppers should be illegal- the styrofoam packing tastes better than air-popped corn.
These style poppers are the shiznit. REAL popcorn has a little oil and butter on it to retain the salt... I have the old skool version of this that must be 15 years old and still kicking.

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When my normal "unnamed" Stir Crazy get's sticky I plug it in for a minute or so to warm up, unplug, then wipe down with a paper towel followed by a normal cleaning. The warm up lets me get most of the sticky stuff and normal washing takes care of the rest.

PS - I prefer the Ruby Red variety. Smaller kernels but rich flavor. Black Jewel is also very good, but is more likely to be "grassy".

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Given the fact that I have a Chris Freytag iced tea maker and the freaking spout is so crappy that I end up pouring a whole glass of tea on the counter WHILE I'm pouring an actual glass of tea, I don't have much faith in any of her products. Besides, didn't she basically just crib this design from some Hamilton-Beach corn popper from the 70s?

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Not going to sway my purchase, but this thing must be HUGE on the inside. From the "specs" tab:
Kernel Capacity: 6 Qt.
Capacity (volume): 6.0 Cu. Ft.

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@voyage2k: Westbend actually. I looked on her site earlier and it isn't listed. I'm pretty sure it will be the same as a "regular" Westbend Stir Crazy popper. She's quite the little marketer isn't she?

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Wow! Refurbished is right! It hadn't even been cleaned before it was repacked. You can imagine what the box smelled like.

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@twincreeks:
Ha, that's really funny.

Got to admit, and I'm not condoning this, but I've unplugged it, and just washed out the base in the sink with detergent before D:

I didn't submerge it, just rinsed, but, it's often brought out of the cupboard in that same condition yours arrived in and it's a quick fix.

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Got mine yesterday; looked like new. Munching some popcorn during the Woot off.

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Mine came in today, looks brand new. I'm taking it into work tonight with some 4oz Great Northern popcorn packs for a little party--don't tell the boss OK, this'll be our little secret ;)

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@breaddrink: Funny in a "ZOMG GROSS" sort of way?

As I might have mentioned (too lazy to scroll up) we've had ours for over a decade now. I wash the top, the stirry-metal-stick and the cap that holds it on in the dishwasher, but I wash the base in the sink with dishsoap and a scrubby-sponge type thing, then let it dry upside-down on a towel.

It still has some fairly gooey bits in the corners that I could really get if I wanted to use a q-tip or something, but on the whole it's a gem.