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!


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


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


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.


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.


All puffed up!


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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