Microwave Popcorn: Home Made, Cheap and Easy




Introduction: 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

Step 1: First...

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!

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

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!



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    you could seal the bag with tooth pics instead of staples



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    Don't try plastic even if it's a microwavable bowl.
    I guess because it gets too hot before the corn pops but, anyway, i ended up with popcorn on a molten bowl.

    I logged in to give you 5 stars. So does butter work instead of the olive oil? I would give it a try but no paper bags...

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    Thank you for your kind comments. Sometimes I use butter, but find it works better if you use it after it has popped.

    I popped a tablespoon of butter into the bag- even better!

    Another link about brown bag microwave popcorn says to cook for 2 minutes. Here's the link to that "how-to" >> http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/01/how-to-make-microwave-popcorn-brown-paper-bag.html

    If I read your instructions correctly I need to lay the Brown Bag flat not standing up. Am I correct?

    The older microwaves are the ones that will spark a staple. As a child I put a stick of margarine (had a foil type wrapper) in the microwave to soften. Within seconds the wrapper burst into flames. Most microwaves from the last 15 years, or so, do not have that problem.

    Mmmmm - popcorn.
    I had seen this post some time ago, and put it in the back of my head. At my last trip to the grocery store I needed to pick up some more popcorn (I usually buy Smart Balance). So this time I bought the bag of kernels, with the intent on trying this. So tonight I tried it... this may have been the best popcorn I've ever had! Simple, fast, and knowing I saved a ton of money made it taste all that much better. I modified it slightly by melting some butter to pour over top, it was a bit too dry for me with just the light Olive Oil. (I know, not that healthy, but boy did it taste good.) Thanks for posting Hoopajoo. PS> I used the staples (with the reverse) and no sparks.


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    Thought I'd post this follow up... I tried this project using a tuperware container in the hopes that I would not have to waste a paper bag each time. Well, it was obvious, the kernels actually melted into the plastic! And it messed up the plastic of the container. So, if anyone else was thinking of doing this... dont! :) I would like to try this same experiment with a large glass bowl though.

    May be using a microwave-specific plastic bowl?

    Hmmm, I'm not sure that would work either. If you want to try it, I'd go with a Pyrex bowl. It seems that the kernels get too hot for any kind of plastic, microwavable or not.

    if you really want a glass option (and a uni-tasker), simply search for something like "glass microwave popcorn popper" to find one made by Catamount out of lab-grade glass. (I find links tend to disappear.)

    You can do that if you like. I've tried it and noticed it took much, much longer for the corn to pop.

    the only problem I've found is covering the bowl - you don't want soft plastic wrap heated on your food.