If you’re a fan of crunchy snacks, then biting into freshly-made popcorn may just be your idea of heaven. But did you know that the traditional stovetop method isn’t your only option?
That’s right – now there’s a way to use an oven and get perfectly popped corn every time. In this blog post we’ll explore all the ways to make hot, fluffy kernels that are tastier than their store-bought counterparts. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to make flavorful popcorn without using a microwave or waiting by the stove watching kernels pop, read on for some delicious inspiration!
Can You Put Popped Popcorn in the Oven?
Yes, you can put popped popcorn in the oven. If anything, this is one of the most preferred methods of keeping your popcorn warm and tasty after it pops. Reheating popcorn in the oven keeps your kernel snack well-textured and fresh. This explains why people put popped popcorn in the oven during parties and large gatherings.
To reheat popcorn in an oven, you need to set your oven to bake and preheat it to 250 °F. You can leave it at this temperature for 10 to 15 minutes, but if your oven has a preheat light, you can wait until it turns off.
Place the popcorn you want to preheat on your baking sheet. Use a baking sheet with a shallow rim to ensure your popcorn doesn’t spill. Also, while placing, remember to spread your popcorn out evenly. Spreading the popcorn ensures even heat distribution to each kernel.
Put the baking sheet in the oven for about five minutes. Check on the popcorn at one-minute intervals to ensure it doesn’t burn. When time is up, get it from the oven and pour it into your popcorn bowl. Add your favorite seasoning to taste, and your crunchy treats are ready.
Can I Use an Oven Instead of a Microwave for Popcorn?
If you bought microwave popcorn but don’t own a microwave, or the one you do own won’t work, you can always use an oven instead. Microwave popcorn is just as easy to make in an oven as it is in a microwave.
To pop kernels in an oven, first, preheat the oven to 400°F. Use oil to grease an oven-friendly bowl and pour your kernels into it until it’s a quarter or half-full. Then cover the bowl with aluminum foil and secure the edges as firmly as possible to avoid having the kernels pop out of the bowl.
With that done, place the bowl in the oven and wait for the popping to start. As soon as it starts, wait 45-60 seconds before you open the oven and remove the bowl. This should be enough time for most of the popcorn to be well popped.
Season your popcorn, and it’s ready to eat. However, remember that oven-made popcorn will be less crunchy and fluffy than microwave-made popcorn. This happens because the heat from the microwave is enough to pop out the water in the kernels, but oven heat only cooks the popcorn without popping out the water.
Is It Safe to Cook a Bag of Microwave Popcorn in an Oven?
Yes, but make sure to take it out of the bag first. It is possible to cook microwave popcorn in an oven without removing its bag, but it is not recommended. The microwave popcorn bag is not designed to withstand very high temperatures, so you should avoid this method as much as possible.
However, if you must cook a bag of microwave popcorn using an oven, you need to ensure that you unseal the bag and remove the metal disk that’s inside before you put the bag in the oven. You also need to cook the kernels on a low heat to make sure the bag doesn’t catch fire.
Can You Make Popcorn in a Convection Oven Instead of a Microwave?
A convection oven is quite similar to a regular oven – the only difference is that it heats faster than an ordinary oven. You can make popcorn using a convection oven, but you need to monitor your kernels carefully to make sure they don’t burn. This can happen quickly, so set a timer every few minutes.
Please resist the temptation to leave the popcorn in the bag if you are using a convection (or fan) oven as will likely catch fire.
Ovens Are Just As Good as a Microwaves For Making Popcorn
Ovens are an alternative to microwaves when it comes to making popcorn. Both appliances will turn your kernels into tasty treats in no time. However, microwaved popcorn tends to be more crunchy because the heat in the microwave dries out all the water from the kernels.
On the other hand, oven-made popcorn remains fluffy because oven heat doesn’t dry out all the water from the kernels. Besides this slight difference in texture, you can enjoy oven-made popcorn just as much as microwave popcorn.
For more ways to pop popcorn check out our article – 22 Ways to Pop Popcorn.