What Size Popcorn Machine Do I Need?
The best way to
determine the actual size machine you will need is to figure out how
many one-ounce servings you will go through in your busiest hour. A
one-ounce serving is a bag approximately 3 -1/2 " wide by 2" deep
and 8" tall (if you use a different serving size, convert it to one
ounce servings). Divide the number of one-ounce servings per hour by
16 and you will have the size machine you will need to meet your
busiest demand. Example: In the busiest hour you use 125 one-ounce
servings. 125 divided by 16 equals 7.81, so you should order an
Why are hard-coat anodized aluminum
kettles considered the best?
When you are cooking popcorn
there are two key elements, heat transfer and ease of cleaning.
Aluminum provides the best heat transfer of any approved cooking
material which means that the heat from the elements transfer
completely to the food resulting in much better performance. When
you anodize aluminum you are changing the molecular surface of the
aluminum and filling in the pores of the material. This makes a very
smooth and slippery surface which can be cleaned very easily and is
What makes popcorn pop?
kernal actually has approximately 12% moisture inside of it. As you
heat up the kernel the moisture turns into steam and expands. Once
the kernel reaches 475 degrees Fahrenheit the expanding steam forces
the hull to explode (or pop).
How long does it take to cook a
batch of popcorn?
All of our Paragon poppers are design to
cook a kettle of kernels in approximately 3-1/2 minutes. The cycle
time is based on having the kettle heated to cooking temperature
before loading the kettle.
What type of oil should I use to
The type of oil that you use will effect the
taste of the popcorn. The most common type that is used is coconut
oil. It normally is regarded as the best tasting and has long been a
staple at movie theaters. However, many health conscious people
prefer canola oil due to its lower fat and cholesterol content Other
types that are often used are sunflower, peanut and
What's the best way to keep my popcorn machine
All Paragon poppers utilize tempered glass panels,
stainless steel cleanout trays, aluminum corner posts and either
plated or anodized kettles. These surfaces can be cleaned using
standard window cleaner. You will want to note that you should never
submerge a kettle in any type of liquid because it has electrical
components inside of it that can short out. Paragon kettles are
designed to be wiped out with a clean cloth after each use. Should
you have a kettle that gets burned on oil stains you can order
Paragon's kettle cleaning kit (part# 1075) which will allow you to
clean it to near new conditions.
Our Whirley-Pop Stove Top
poppers are easily cleaned with a little water and a paper
What is "expansion ratio" on popcorn and what is the
Expansion ratio refers to the increase in
volume that occurs as popcorn pops. It is determined by measuring
the volume of popcorn prior to and after popping. An expansion ratio
between 40 and 44 is usually considered ideal. If the expansion is
less than 40 the popped corn can be a little chewy and if the
expansion ratio is over 44 the popcorn becomes very brittle and
tends to break apart into small
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