Method for popping popcorn

  • US 5,871,792 A
  • Filed: 08/13/1997
  • Issued: 02/16/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/28/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for popping popcorn comprising:

  • placing uncooked popcorn in a kettle;

    heating the kettle for cooking and popping the uncooked popcorn placed therein and dumping the kettle for dispensing the popped popcorn;

    monitoring a kettle temperature condition and selectively heating and dumping the kettle in response to said monitored kettle temperature condition;

    said monitoring further comprising sensing a temperature drop in the kettle indicating loading of the kettle with uncooked popcorn after the kettle is heated and sensing a subsequent temperature rise in the kettle indicating that the popcorn is being popped;

    dumping the popcorn when the kettle temperature subsequently rises and exceeds a predetermined dump temperature indicating that a portion of the popcorn is popped.

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