Microwave Popcorn: Home made, cheap and easy

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Go to the supermarket and look at the boxes of microwave popping corn. $1.99 to $3.00 a box and the odds are you won't find one seasoned to your individual taste. You just have to settle for what they offer.


Not anymore, my friends. I am here to liberate your palates form the work-a-day microwave popcorn. Today, you will learn that which they don't want you to know. You will learn how simple and cheap it is to make your own popping corn. Lets get started.

First you will need the following ingredients:

1/4 cup of popping corn (generally $0.99 for a pound bag. This is enough to make at least 50 bags of microwave corn)
1 Teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
To taste - popcorn salt (it has finer granules than table salt with the same taste)

And the following tools:

A stapler
A teaspoon
A measuring cup
A brown paper bag
A microwave

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Step 1: First...

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Open the bag and pour the popping corn in. Carefully add your seasonings and salt. Shake gently. Now add the teaspoon of olive oil.

Step 2: Things are really popping now!

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Fold the bag over once and staple twice. Contrary to popular belief, the staples will not spark in the microwave. Gently shake the contents to mix and press out the air. Set on it's back in the microwave and cook until the pops get about 3 to 5 seconds apart.

Step 3: Relax and savor

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Open the bag with great care as steam will be escaping and you can get scalded. Pour into a bowl, serve and enjoy the taste and the knowledge that this heaping bag of microwave popcorn cost less than $0.10!
RaNDoMLeiGH4 years ago
I used some oil infused with habaneros... oh man, good stuff.
nikhilmn4 years ago
You Deserve 5 stars... Excellent...tried it and it works! :)
Hoopajoo (author)  nikhilmn4 years ago
Thank you, very much.
this may sound weird but try using a little icing sugar instead of salt. popcorn makes a delicious sweet snack. it also tastes nice with maple syrup but is sticky and a little soggy .
 I have to try this. Microwave popcorn for less than 10 cents! 
Now if only I could have this process done with my Iphone. Make an app I'd buy it.
You can get better popping "success" by elevating the bag!

I put my bag on top of an inverted cereal bowl for my relatively small mirowave oven. You want to get the bag about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down from the top.

Practice for your machine.
Each individual microwave has "hot spots" where the microwave energy is concentrated. They vary from microwave to microwave, in all 3 dimensions. (This is why they have the rotating disk in the bottom)