Thursday, February 19, 2009

Do It Yourself Microwave Popcorn

Crunchy, buttery, salty, who doesn't love popcorn? 

Popcorn is a pantry staple in this house. For a long time, it came in the form of prepackaged bags ready for the microwave. While I certainly enjoy that kind of popcorn, the flavoring can tend to be a tad heavy, and leave an after taste in your mouth. 

I prefer air popped popcorn with a touch of real melted butter (or buttah as Kellie might say,) and a sprinkling of salt, but not everyone has an air popper. No worries, you are not doomed to prepackaged microwave popcorn. Simply make your own microwave popcorn. 

Take a small paper bag and put in 1/3 cup of popcorn. Fold the bag down a few times. It can be secured with a staple, but we usually just fold the bag. Now, microwave it. It takes about 2 minutes in our microwave, but you'll want to keep an eye on your bag the first few times you try this to determine the correct time for your microwave.  (I've also been told this will work in a bowl, but I've yet to try it.) Add melted butter and salt, or other flavorings you enjoy. 

Making your own microwave popcorn is better in so many ways:

Taste: No chemical after taste. 
Health: You control the amount of fat and salt. 
Environment: Less packaging. Less waste. 
Budget: Bulk popcorn is less expensive than "microwave" popcorn. 

Now go and enjoy that crunchy, buttery, and salty taste!

image credit: Darren Hester


  1. Wow! What a great idea! I'll have to try that, except I would be scared to put a staple in my microwave! Love the easy idea with no additives. Thanks for posting!

  2. Oh my I can't wait to try this out. Microwave popcorn is something I keep in the pantry, but this is so much nicer. Thanks for posting the recipe!

  3. I bought the organic popcorn kernels last week and am so eager to try this! We eat a lot of popcorn in the Greenhab household and it's such a bummer to throw away allllllll those little plastic wrappers each week. Not to mention the fake butter and flavoring!

  4. Well, we do not have a microwave. We have made our popcorn on the stove since we got rid of our microwave, about 3 years ago. We received a lovely WhirlyPop Popper from a friend of ours. I personally think making it on the stove is much more fun. I enjoy doing things the old fashioned way more than using modern appliances.

    Oh and one other thing - could you tell me how much that one little thing you used to make the 'buttah' on a recent entry? I would like to try it but I need to know how much it makes. If you could tell me. :)

    My blog is -, you can leave a comment with the amount it is on there. :)


  5. Well that's a clever idea! I like that it uses no oil for the popping.


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