Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Most of the microwave popcorn you get in the store is full of nasty, nasty, chemicals. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some brands out there that happen to be vegan, but that’s not the point!

You can make your own microwave popcorn! With… popcorn! Shocking, I know.

All you need to start is a paper bag and some popcorn kernels- about 1/4 cup for a regular lunch sized bag.

I’m actually using popcorn-on-the-cob from the local farmer’s market, but the regular stuff is fine, too!

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A whole cob! This is too much for a standard lunch-sized bag.

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This is more like it. If you want to use the whole thing, use a bigger paper bag.

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Bag monster!

Yes, those are staples. Alton Brown once showed this on Good Eats, and I’ve read about it since then- the reason it’s okay has to do with the positioning of the two staples. Do this with caution. I have read bad results with this, too. You can always use a bigger bag folded down if this makes you nervous.

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In the microwave. As you can see, it’s not exploding.

I like to dress my popcorn with butter-flavored olive oil (completely vegan, BTW) and some salt.

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All puffed up!

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Ready to serve!

Then you just pop your movie in, and enjoy!

Now that you know how to make good microwave popcorn, I hope you’ll never use the gross stuff again!

You can of course, recycle the bag. With the staples you end up tearing it, but if you used a bigger folded bag, you can keep re-using it until it falls apart. Your little eco-tip for the day!

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3 Responses to Homemade Microwave Popcorn

  1. Malitsu says:

    It’s really this simple? Mind. Blown. I need to try these tonight. Don’t you even use the oil and the salt before radiating?

  2. This popcorn looks so good! I always have a bag of kernals in the pantry for when I get popcorn cravings 🙂

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