I LOVE popcorn, I could eat it everyday. Not the over-salted popcorn from the movie theatre, not the greasy leaves-a-film-on-your-tongue microwave popcorn, I mean real popcorn. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of microwave popcorn, but not the taste (although I use to eat it all the time out of sheer laziness). Anyhow, I prefer plain air-popped popcorn because I can flavour it with whatever I want and it’s healthier than commercial products.
Making popcorn from scratch can be a hassle though… I’ve broken more popcorn machines than I’d like to admit and, up until now, the only other way to make it is to cook popcorn kernels in a pot on my stove top and hope that the lid doesn’t blow off in the process sending popcorn shrapnel at me (it has happened).
The other day I was reading this post on the College Fashion website and someone left a comment explaining how to make microwave popcorn from scratch.Homemade popcorn in the microwave? …*angels sing* Obviously I had to try it out, and I’m so happy that I did because I may never buy commercial microwave popcorn again!! FYI, I adjusted the directions from the College Fashion post comment after experimenting a bit.
You will need:
– 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
– 1/2 tsp olive oil (or other oil of your choice)*optional
– 1 brown paper bag
– additional oil and salt (to taste)
How to make it:
1. Measure 1/4 cup of dry popcorn kernels and place them in a brown paper bag
2. Measure 1/2 tsp of olive oil and drizzle on top of the kernels
3. Fold the top of the bag over 2 times and shake the bag to coat the kernels with the oil.
NOTE:Try to make the folds as small as possible. If you fold up too much of the bag, there won’t be enough space for the heat to circulate around the popcorn and it will burn.
4. Place the bag on its side in the microwave and heat for 1 minute and 50 seconds on high heat.
5. Carefully remove the (now hot and greasy) bag from the microwave and let cool until it’s safe to handle
Today I used salt and olive oil, but my personal favourite is salt and coconut oil (try it, it’s good). You could also add garlic powder, paprika and/or parmesan cheese. I hope you have fun making your own homemade microwave popcorn!
What’s your favourite popcorn topping?