Wednesday, April 11, 2012

All-Natural Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Don't you just love microwave popcorn? It's a favorite snack around here. On Saturday nights you can usually find my husband and I snuggled up on the couch with either a Redbox rental or watching SNL and a big bowl of popcorn.

We've also usually take a midnight couch nap all snuggled up. It's one of my favorite things. Even though we sometimes wake up with sore necks and moan because walking upstairs to go to bed for real seems like a big task at 1:00 am.

But back to the popcorn, the microwave bags you buy at the store come loaded down with a variety of chemicals and preservatives that I can barely pronounce. Which is a darn shame because popcorn by itself is a really healthy, low calorie, whole grain snack.

I could always make it in a pan on my stovetop but I usually end up burning it this way...because I'm talented like that.

And I've discovered a little trick so that I can have healthy, real-food-style (zero junk!), popcorn in my microwave:

All you need is 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and a paper bag. Seriously.

Just place the kernels in the bag, fold the top over about 1/4 inch twice so everybody stays inside. Place it in your microwave and zap it for two minutes (mine tends to burn if I let it go much longer past the two minute mark).

Open it up and you'll have a lovely batch of all natural munchy goodness. 

You can of course create all natural butter popcorn by drizzling 1 tbsp of melted butter over the top. Sprinkle with salt and give it a good toss. 

Or you could also add a bit of parmesan cheese. Or some black pepper. Or whatever else makes your heart happy.

And! Like Monday's post about the all natural spreadable butter, making your own microwave popcorn is a big money saver. A bag of popcorn kernels is about $1.99 and you can get 50ish paper bags for $1. So for the price of one box containing three bags of popcorn, you can have about 18 bags of the homemade kind. That's about 22 cents per batch.


  1. Ya. I didn't even know this was an option. Now I need to go buy popcorn kernels

  2. Ok, that is amazing! I just bought kernals recently so we could try them on the stovetop (a la Alton Brown) but the micro is way easier. Thanks for the tip!


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