Food - Drink
Why Alton Brown Recommends Using A Metal Bowl To Pop Popcorn
By HALDAN KIRSCH
Popcorn snacks come in different varieties and flavors. While it is easy to grab a bag in a local movie theater, a ready-to-eat snack at a convenience store, or a microwave popcorn bag, celebrity chef Alton Brown likes to pop his kernels in an uncommon way.
Brown swears by this tried-and-true method of cooking popcorn in a "heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel bowl in the six-quart range." It is important to note that Brown uses an 18/10 stainless steel bowl, which is conducive to heat compared to other steel bowls.
According to Brown, the flat bottom makes a perfect well for the kernels and oil to rest in and absorb most of the heat from the stove, and when the kernels pop, they rise above the well, reducing the risk of burning. Best of all, the popcorn is already in a serving bowl.