You may be wondering how much popcorn is best suited for your household. The size of the kettle will help you decide which home popcorn machine is right for your needs (it's not the only consideration of course, pay attention to Warranties, manuals, customer service availability, etc.). The larger the kettle the more volume your popcorn machine will produce.
Here are the basic volumes of kettles to help you choose which is right for you.
Each popcorn machine is capable of producing a certain amount of quarts per hour. This lets you know how much popcorn will be produced if the machine is running continually for a full hour.
Most 8 oz home popcorn machines hold approximately 45 quarts of fully popped corn. And, that is enough for plenty of fun.
For most home uses, I would recommend a six (6oz) to eight (8oz) ounce kettle. This is enough to keep a family of 4-8 full and happy and if your family needs more or less popcorn it's easy enough to adjust quantities to their liking.
Remember, you can always pop less popcorn than your kettle demands, just don't overload a smaller kettle with a bigger batch of corn than it can handle. So if you have an 8oz kettle, you can cook a 4oz, 6oz, 8oz batch, etc., but don't try to pop 8oz worth of corn in a 4 or 6 oz kettle.
* Quarts per hour is based on a 40 to 1 expansion ratio.
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