Popcorn

Ok, who doesn’t just love popcorn?  Then again, who has time to make homemade popcorn over the quick but questionable microwave version?  Well, if you have those small brown paper lunch bags, a bag of popcorn and a microwave and two minutes to spare, then you have time to make healthy microwave popcorn in any flavor you want with out all the questionable ingredients that the store bought kind contains.

We found this method almost a year ago on LIfehacker it’s ingenious!  Being quite the fan of popcorn having my own fresh and ready in two minutes and knowing exactly what is going into it, is like a mastercard comercial, it’s priceless.

The bag of popcorn costs around $3, the lunch bags around $2 for 100.  Now figure out how much you spend on microwave popcorn with questionable and unpronounceable contents, a lot more then you thought isn’t it?  Now, for around the price of one box you get around 10x’s the quantity with this method.

Like I said this is simple and easy, and yummy.  1/4 cup of kernels makes a perfect amount for a personal serving plus a little extra, but do not exceed 1/2 cup kernels in one bag.  Also, it may take a trail and error test but for my microwave 2 minutes and 10 seconds is perfect.  It still has a few kernels unpopped but avoids burning, which can happen easily.    You can try many combinations of your favorite flavors.   I like the basic clean Olive Oil and Salt.  I will include a few topping ideas i’ve tried and like.  Enjoy!

Paper Lunchbag Popcorn

Olive Oil & Salt

  • 1/4 c Kernels
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • Generous pinch of Salt

Butter & Salt

  • 1/4 c Kernels
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • Generous pinch of Salt

Parmesan & Garlic

  • 1/4 c Kernels
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Dried Grated Parmesan (like Kraft)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

Cheddar Cheese & Butter

  • 1/4 c Kernels
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Chedder Cheese Powder
  • if unsalted powder add a pinch of salt, if contains salt omit
  • Sprinkle with Cheddar Powder after in bowl for more cheese flavor, optional

Pour contents into paper bag.  Fold top over around 1.5″ (one and one half inch) and fold in half again to make a seal.

Place bag upright in microwave for 2 min, I HIGHLY recommend not going longer your first time making it, eventually can add 5 seconds each time to get the most out of your kernels.

Removing bag from microwave will be EXTREMELY HOT, Turn bag upside down into bowl and let cool for 30 seconds.  Shake the bag upside down to remove the yummy contents.

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