DIY Microwave Popcorn is Better than the Store Bought Stuff
Just buy a stack of paper lunch bags (cheap!) and a tub of plain popcorn kernels (cheap! cheap!) and you’re on your way to making your own microwave popcorn bags.
I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret of the microwave popcorn industry: They’re lying to us.
That’s right, I said it. They’re lying.
You see, you don’t need to buy premixed, pre-salted or pre-flavored microwavable bags of popcorn. You can create even more flavor packed popcorn in your microwave with your own DIY Microwave Popcorn.
You can just take plain popcorn kernels, toss them in a paper bag, and pop them yourself in the microwave. Really. It works!
You get wonderful, fresh popcorn, just like out of a hot-air popper, in about two-three minutes. It’s 0% extra effort, 95% less expensive, 99% less wasteful, and 100% better for your health!
Instead of dousing my popcorn with butter, I’ll use an olive-oil mister to lightly coat it so my toppings will stick. My favorite topping is Nutritional Yeast. It has a wonderful nutty, cheesy flavor — and it’s good for you, too!
So don’t be fooled by the microwave popcorn in the store — you can make your own at home to save money, your health, and the environment. It’s a win-win-win!
Here’s how to use a paper bag to microwave popcorn:
Measure 1/4 cup popcorn kernels.
Put them into a regular paper lunch bag.
Make a 3/4-inch fold at the top of the bag and then fold it over 5-7 times. It’ll unroll a bit. No worries.
Healthy DIY Microwave Popcorn
- 1/4 cup Popping Corn
- A light misting of Olive Oil
- Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
- Place 1/4 cup dry corn kernels in a small paper bag. Be sure the bag has no staples or other metal in it.
- Fold the bag over a few times and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, just as you would with the store-bought packages. Once there are about two seconds between pops, hit the stop button so it doesn’t burn. There will be a few unpopped kernels, but that’s okay.
- Pour into a bowl and spritz with olive oil. Sprinkled with salt and pepper. Toss or stir to evenly coat, and enjoy! (And don’t forget to save the bag for next time!)