Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Microwave Popcorn

This is our latest craze at our house. For years, we've had what #3 Daughter calls "Nine-O'Clock Popcorn". Every evening, at about 9, we make popcorn and chomp it while we talk or read or listen to something or watch a tape.

Recently, for some reason, Charlie decided that it would be better for us to stop using those boxes of folded bags filled with pre-seasoned popcorn. He read the ingredients or something.

Now, we buy brown paper lunch bags (did you know you can still get those?) and bags of popcorn kernels, and do our own microwave popcorn.

Here's how:

Into a brown paper bag, put 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, 1 tablespoon of COLD butter or margarine, and as much salt or non-salt seasoning as desired. Fold down the top two or three times. Turn the bag on its side and jiggle it gently to distribute the kernels. Put the bag on its side in the microwave. I always put a plate and a paper towel under the bag to catch the oil that soaks through the bag. Set the timer to 2 minutes at full power. If the kernels stop popping before the 2 minutes are up, turn off the microwave and remove the bag.

This is a very light snack. If you like it greasier, you can melt additional butter or margarine to pour over it after it's popped.


Marian Allen
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Carol Preflatish said...

Making your own microwave popcorn is so much better for you. I can't stand the after-taste of the store bought stuff. Just don't tell my husband's family, they work for the local popcorn company.

Marian Allen said...

I decided to "treat" myself to package of the store-bought "buttery" stuff last week, and it DID have an aftertaste I had never perceived until I went without it for a while. Every now and then, though, I do drench my good-for-you popcorn with badness. :)


Lisa Hall said...

Have been popping it in the bag, but never thought of putting butter in the bag. You are a popcorn genius!