The great variety of popcorn makers all operate on the same principle: They introduce heat to a popcorn kernel, which then blows up into a fluffy treat. Whichever size machine you're using, always follow the same basic steps.
Set the popcorn machine on a flat, level surface and plug it in. Turn on the heating element, and let the unit heat up for about four minutes before you pop your first batch of popcorn.
Pour your pre-measured oil and seasoning into the kettle, and then add the popcorn kernels.
Turn off the heating element when the popcorn starts popping rapidly. Dump the kettle when about 99 per cent of the popcorn in the kettle pops.
Wipe down the surfaces of the popcorn machine with warm soapy water, and then rinse it with warm clear water.
If you're popping more than one batch and you take a short break between batches, you don't have to wait as long for the element to heat up.