Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn

I love popcorn.

Back when I was a kid, one of my favorite memories is when my dad made us popcorn fresh from the stove.

Oil, pot, popcorn kernels, butter and salt, and of course, our super-sized yellow tupperware bowl. He'd fill it to the brim with piping fresh popcorn and we chowed down as many handfuls as we could.

Realizing I ran out of microwave popcorn the other day, my husband suggested making popcorn in a brown paper bag. Ha! Whatever you say. (I'll be honest, I was doubtful. Shame on me.)

BAM! Turns out, it's just as good, if not better than the microwave popcorn you buy in the store. And it's cheaper overall. We bought a whole stack of brown paper sacks for $1.99 and a bag of popcorn for about the same price.

Okay, I'll get to it. You've got to try it for yourself.  
Here's what you need to make your own Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn:
  • 1 Brown Paper Sack
  • 1/3 c. dry popcorn kernels
  • between 1/2 to 1 Tbsp butter OR olive oil OR canola oil
  • Shakes of salt
  • Melt your butter or pour your oil in a measuring cup
  • Add kernels
  • Add salt
  • Stir around, coating all kernels

Pour your buttery/salty goodness right into the bag. I put a plate under the bag to prevent an oily mess.

Fold over the brown bag 3 times to seal. It will slightly unfold during cooking which is ok as long as its not all the way.

Put it in the microwave on its side for 3 minutes, but be prepared to stand by and listen to see when the popping starts to slow down. Mine took about 2-1/2 minutes or so. It can burn. So beware. Put your listening ears on.

When it first started popping it was like a happy surprise! It's working!!

Transfer freshly popped popcorn into a bowl.

Mmmmm...light and fluffy just like Orville makes it.

And if you time it right, only a few stragglers remain unpopped, just like in those "other" microwave bags.

So far we've made 3 different batches, trying for perfection.
  • Butter & salt = really good
  • Touch of butter + Olive Oil & salt = maybe even better than just butter
  • Just plain kernels, nothing added = burned. I'm still smelling it, thank you very much.

Make a new fun family tradition of making your own brown bags of microwave popcorn! Try different combinations, add different flavorings, and you'll get to eat the whole bag yourself! (That's the best part!)

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  1. wow!!!!! i wouldnt have believed it either!! it's like magic!! what a cool idea!!! definitely gonna try this when my real microwave popcorn runs out. :-)

  2. I wonder if this will work with 1.5 tablespoons of sugar to make a kettle corn...I use 1/4 c. poppcorn, 2 T. oil, and 1.5 T. sugar and cook it on the stovetop. I'm always moving it, so maybe that helps prevent burning.


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