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Commercial Popcorn Machines – Tips on How To Operate and Use Them for Fun and Profit

Popcorn is very healthy and simple to make and fun to eat! And today more people than ever before own a commercial popcorn machine. Commercial style popcorn machines make popping theater style popcorn a breeze…tender, fluffy and very tasty.

Looking for some tips and secrets on how to use a commercial popcorn machine and to how keep it running fantastic for years to come, and without constant maintenance and repairs? Then read below for some advice on how to operate a commercial popcorn machine. Whether you are using your commercial popcorn machine for fun or for profit, you will find tips here that you will not find anywhere else.

Commercial Popcorn Machines normally feature three operating controls or buttons. Most times you will find three switches at or near the top front of the popcorn machine . The front meaning the side with the two plexus-glass doors that pull open . The first button normally is the heat switch, or sometimes referred to as the kettle heat switch. This button is your most vital button. Once you activate this button, it allows the kettle to heat up quickly up to 350 to 400 degrees F.

The most vital thing to remember with this switch is to turn the heat switch to the off position when your popcorn popping is nearing completion. In other words, when you choose you have popped enough popcorn for the moment, and as you hear the kernels winding down in popping intensity, turn off the heat kettle switch.

This action prevents your popcorn from burning and keeps the internal parts of the kettle called the heating elements and thermostats from burning out themselves. And don’t worry if you will have enough heat to complete your popping; at this point the kettle is very hot and has sufficient heat to complete the process.

The second button is normally the motor button. This button activates the motor that turns the agitator to keep your popcorn, oil, and salt in constant motion in the kettle so your popcorn does not burn. Activate that button after activating your heat switch.

The third button controls the heat lamp. It is the heat lamp bulb in the upper right or upper left rear corner in your popcorn machine. You can activate the heat lamp when you activate the kettle heat and motor switch. The lamp will help keep your popcorn warm and fresh after you have popped your popcorn.

How long do you wait before you add your popcorn, oil, and salt to the kettle? General rule is about 30 seconds before you add your oil, but not more that one minute.

You NEVER want to have an empty popcorn kettle on for too long once you have activated the heat switch. As we discussed earlier, you will quickly burn out the internal parts in your popcorn kettle if you activate the heat switch without the oil and popcorn.

What ingredient do I place in first? You always want to place in the oil first. Especially if you are using coconut oil, wait about 10 seconds after putting the oil in, this will give the coconut oil a few seconds to melt first. If you are using part pack popcorn paks, cut off the top part of the package with the oil side first. It’s vital to always having a scissors around for this assignment. Once you have the top open on the coconut or canola oil side, slowly squeeze the oil up like you would be squeezing toothpaste. Then cut the top off the rest of the package that includes the popcorn and salt, and carefully proceed to pour the rest of the packet into the kettle.

One special note: in order to prevent the burning of your hands, always try to place a part of the plastic package on the kettle and not your hand.

What do I do when the popcorn has finished popping? Don’t turn off the motor yet, only the heat button if you are not plotting to pop another batch of popcorn. Usually you dump the popcorn out using the
popcorn kettle handle. Read your operating instruction manual for this operation. Each manufacturer has designed the kettle handle and kettle uniquely. The vital thing to remember is to dump out the popcorn gently from the kettle. DO NOT Bang the kettle or swing the kettle hard trying to get out that last kernel. Use your popcorn scoop while your kettle is in the open and in the down position to clean out the last of the popcorn kernels or seeds. There are wires inside the kettle and in the neck of the kettle, and they can break with excessive force or swinging. Then it is off to the repair shop if they break.

One final note on how much popcorn and oil you need to add to your popcorn kettle….. The quantity of popcorn you can place in the kettle is measured by the size of the kettles. For 4 oz kettles, you can place 4 oz. of raw popcorn seed. For small families or groups, a four once (110 grams) should work out fine. For six ounce kettles, you can place in 6 Oz. of popcorn seed and so on.

If you follow these guidelines when operating your commercial popcorn machine, your popcorn machine will serve you well with fewer break downs, and fewer trips to the repair shop. And fewer breakdowns will save you money and headaches no matter if you are using your commercial popcorn machine for fun or profit.

About the author: Mark Schneider, the founder and owner of Standard Concession Supply in Virginia Beach, VA, has been involved in the concession supply and equipment business for 18 years. You can find more informative articles about commercial popcorn machines, popcorn, and other fun foods, as well as product resources at StandardConcessionSupply.com StandardConcessionSupply.com

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