Popcorn and Oil

How much popcorn and oil do I need to pop popcorn in a Stir Crazy® corn popper?

See chart below for recommended amounts of popcorn and oil to use to pop different quantities. If using premium or gourmet popcorn, reduce the amount of corn to 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 1/4 cups respectively, using the same amount of oil. This will prevent the cover from lifting off the base due to the increased volume obtained using these grades of popcorn.

  • For 2 quarts of popcorn use 1 tablesoon vegetable oil and 1/3 cup popcorn.
  • For 4 quarts of popcorn use 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2/3 cup popcorn.
  • For 6 quarts of popcorn use 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 cup popcorn.
  • For 8 quarts of popcorn use 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 1/4 cup popcorn.

    For 8 quart model only; do not attempt to make this amount of popcorn in a 6 quart model.

    Attach stir rod to base with knob. Add oil and popcorn to base, cover with handles aligned and plug in. When popping subsides, add small plastic lid to cover, unplug cord from outlet and turn popper over on cover. Carefully remove base. Season corn if desired.

    NOTE*** Oil must be used for popping popcorn. If not used, the popper will stop heating too early, resulting in only a few kernels popping. Butter and shortening should not be used in lieu of the vegetable oil as they have different melting temperatures and the popper may not function as intended.

    Do I need to preheat my oil in the popper base before adding popcorn?

    No - Do not preheat the oil in the popper base before adding popcorn. It is not necessary to preheat the oil. Preheating the base and oil will lower the yield of popped popcorn.