Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

I know it sounds silly, obviously you make microwave popcorn at home. But this is an all natural, healthier, less expensive method. We've all heard about the weird chemicals that may be lurking in your microwave popcorn, or even in the microwave popcorn bag, and so to feel a little safer I set about figuring out how to pop my own corn without needing an air popper or using the stove.

The internet led me to various different methods and the first I tried was simply putting popping corn in a brown lunch bag, folding over the top and microwaving.

Fail. Major fail. Twice.

The smoke alarm went off, half the bag was seriously burned even though I was sitting there listening for the popping sounds and it took forever, two fans and two windows open to get the smell out. So I scrapped that idea and moved on to using a glass bowl. After some trial and error (and learning not to put plastic wrap in the microwave because it MELTS), I finally had success! Allow me to share my method.

1. Pour 1/8-1/4 cup of corn kernels into 1.5 quart glass bowl. I used 1/4 cup and some were on the verge of burning - I think I remember telling myself last time to try 3 tablespoons instead.

2. Cover bowl with a microwave plate cover. This is the tricky part. You need the bowl covered but ventilated to let the steam out. I started with a larger bowl but the cover didn't sit securely and the popping corn knocked it over resulting in kernels popping all over my microwave. I finally found I could use the cover with a 1.5 quart or smaller bowl. You may have to do some testing to figure out what works for you if you don't have the exact same bowl and cover.

3. Microwave on high 2-4 minutes (my microwave is 1250 watts and 2 1/2 minutes is just about perfect) and listen to the popping to slow just like with your store-bought microwave popcorn.

4. Top however you want and enjoy! Our favorite is simply light olive oil and sea salt but I'd love to hear how you all prepare your popcorn so please share in the comments below!


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