One of the latest bad boys in the world of nutrition is microwave popcorn. Supposedly, the vapors released just after cooking can be toxic to humans. And even though the main culprit- diacetyl- has been removed by most manufacturers, some say the replacement isn’t much better. Another story is that, when heated, the chemicals in the lining of the bag produce a carcinogen, known as PFOA. This is bad news for me. I like popcorn, but not enough to go through any trouble to make it.
Even if you don’t buy into these alarmist stories, there’s another good reason to leave the bagged stuff behind: your wallet. For a fraction of the cost of microwave popcorn bags, you can microwave your own kernels in a simple brown paper bag! It is just as convenient, but more natural and less expensive. It’s a win-win situation in my book. You may be skeptical, as I was, thinking it’s too good to be true. So, I will tell you up front there is some trial and error in learning how to season your own popcorn if you’ve never done it before. But, that’s why I’m here to help!
- 1 Brown Paper bag
- 1/2 Cup Popcorn Kernels
Measuring kernels and place in paper bag. Fold top over loosely. Many suggested taping the bag shut, but I found that the popcorn burst through the bottom of the bag if it didn’t have room to go up. My microwave is just tall enough to contain the popping corn without sealing the bag. Definitely do not staple the bag when using the microwave! Set microwave to heat for several minutes, but stay close and stop as soon as the popping begins to slow down to avoid burning the popcorn.
My preferred method of seasoning is to first drizzle one tablespoon of melted butter and then add “Spritzer” butter (available in the popcorn aisle) to help other seasonings stick to the popcorn. You may want more butter, like 2-3 tablespoons. Sometimes I season with salt, other times I’m in the mood for cinnamon sugar. There are all kinds of flavors available at any grocery store, if you desire more exotic tasting popcorn!
Try it, I dare you! And let me know how you like it!