All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!
This is one of those unitaskers that at one point had a convenience value, but doesn’t really have that any longer. Say, “hello,” to a relic of the distant past, the Hot Air Popcorn Popper:
You’ve always been able to pop fresh kernels of popcorn over a burner on your stovetop. A heavy bottom pan splashed with a shot of oil, some kernels, the burner set to a medium-high heat, a nice-fitting pan lid, and in a few minutes you have freshly popped popcorn.
But the stovetop isn’t even the easiest method for popping this treat. Grab a brown paper lunch sack (I prefer the compostable, biodegradable ones), pour in some fresh kernels to cover the bottom of the bag, fold the top of the bag over a few times, set the bag on its side in the microwave, and microwave it on high for about two minutes. That’s it. You don’t even need to use oil with this popping method and you avoid all the chemicals found in store-bought microwave popcorn pouches. Best of all, there aren’t any parts or pans to clean up afterward or appliances to return to pantry shelves, just toss the empty bag in your compost or recycling bin.
Farewell, Hot Air Popcorn Popper. You served us well, but it’s time to free up some space in the pantry.