16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 25, 1911: Just exactly one month yet. I must begin to be good and oh so nice. I was terrible busy this forenoon. This afternoon I studied a bit and popped some popcorn. My first attempt resulted in half or about a third of the contents jumping out of the pan, but the next time I was more successful.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm, I wonder how the popping corn managed to jump out of the pan. People used to pop corn in a heavy frying pan, but they generally put a cover on the pan.
To make popcorn heat vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan until it is hot. Use a medium heat or flame.
Put some popcorn in the pan. (Use about 1/3 cup for an average sized pan.) Cover pan.
Shake until the corn stops popping, and then remove from the heat and open lid.