1-2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
You'll need a thick bottomed pot or pan with a lid (lid part is important!). I use my soup pot.
Pour canola oil (or other vegetable oil) into the pot just barely covering the bottom.
Turn on the heat to high-ish (I set my dial between 8 and 9).Toss 2 or 3 kernels into the pot, and listen for them to pop. Now you know the oil is hot enough to pop your corn.
Place desired amount of popcorn (enough to cover the bottom of the pan plus a little bit more or less as you need) in the pot and cover with the lid.
Grasp pot handle(s) with your hands and shake constantly over the burner until popping stops. This could take up to 5 minutes, but keep a good ear as it really depends upon the amount of popcorn you used.
and add salt and melted butter (add less than you think, it goes a long way).
When popping stops, remove pot from heat
We also enjoy adding parmesan cheese to our popcorn for a bit more sophistication sometimes!
Stir your add ins into the popcorn to evenly distribute and then pour finished product into a serving bowl (s) leaving unpopped kernels in the pan to throw away.
That's it! There ya have it.
You control the salt, butter, and oil and you don't have to worry about all of the other pesky ingredients listed on the microwave variety either! Now all you need is a good movie and a few napkins! Have fun!