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Bill and Ginger Grubb have been growing popping corn since 1989. "It's definitely a family operation," says Ginger. "My dad, Dean Doonan, always loved popcorn, so we ate it every Sunday night." It is that love for popcorn that gave Dean the idea for Bill and Ginger to start growing it on their century-old farm located just outside of Barnes City, Iowa, which has been in the Grubb family for 5 generations.

Now that the word is out and demand for this superb popping corn is increasing, Bill and Ginger are working hard to make Grubb's Premium Popping Corn available for you too!



Q. What is an "Old Maid?"

A. It's a popcorn kernel that for some reason hasn't popped.

Q. Why do there seem to be more "Old Maids" when I microwave my popcorn?

A. Simple.....when using the microwave method, as the kernels pop, they carry up unpopped kernels away from the heat source. 
In our experience, Grubb's Premium Popping Corn leaves fewer "Old Maids" than other brands when popped in a microwave bowl, and practically none when popped in The Original Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper.

Q. When should I add seasoning?

A. After some experimenting here at Grubb's Premium Popping Corn, we feel that adding the salt and or seasonings after the corn has popped is best. I use 2 popcorn bowls and slowly add my seasonings to the popped corn. Then I lightly toss the corn from one bowl to the other in order to evenly distribute the flavors.
However, when I microwave the popcorn in a microwave bowl, I first mix the salt/ seasonings right into the oil and mix that well before adding the popcorn.

Q. How much Grubb's Premium Popping Corn do I use per batch?

A. Because Grubb's Premium Popping Corn pops up so big, we recommend using 1/3 -1/2 cup of the unpopped kernels, along with 1-2 tablespoons Coconut oil added to The Original Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper. Because the Whirley Pop keeps the kernels moving in the bottom of the pan, there are virtually no "Old Maids" and the corn is kept from burning.

When using the Nordic Ware Microwave Bowl, use no more than 1/3 cup of Grubb's Premium Popping Corn to 1-2 tablespoons of oil. If you try to pop too much more than the recommended 1/3 cup, you will have more "Old Maids".

Q. I'm watching my fat intake. Do I need to use oil to make popcorn?

A. Yes, if cooking the popcorn on a stovetop pan or in The Original Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper.
No, if using the Nordic Ware Microwave Popping Bowl.

Q. What's the best oil to use?

A. Oil is personal preference, and most cooking oils will work, but we here at Grubb's Premium Popping Corn like the taste of Coconut Oil. It's considered the "King" of oils as far as popcorn is concerned. When you enjoy a bag of popcorn at your local movie theater, it's because that popcorn has been popped with great tasting Coconut Oil.


Grubb's Premium Popping Corn
Grubb's Premium Popping Corn
3175 150th St.
Barnes City, IA 50027
Phone: (641) 644-5256

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