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