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Homemade: Microwave Popcorn from a Paper Bag

May 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Make your own popcorn for the microwave using a brown paper bag. /Kennisha Robinson on Snapguide.com

I hate the gunk that’s in microwave popcorn – weird oils, flavorings and who knows what? – and have lately been making popcorn on the stove, the old-fashioned way, using a jar of kernels and a little oil.

Use a brown paper bag, preferably recycled

Now, I’ll invest in some brown paper lunch sacks and make my own microwaveable popcorn that’s fat-free. I knew you could do it, but wasn’t sure if oil of some kind was required. Of course not; it requires steam only.

Two notes: Note 1: Some paper bags are made with tiny metal chips and react in the microwave. Not all are labeled. Recycled paper typically isn’t, but you’re on your own here, since I have no way to tell you a brand name for the bags. (White paper bags would also work.)

Note 2: Remember to buy fresh popcorn in a jar, and seal it well after each use. Popcorn dries out and won’t pop well if it’s too old. Fresh popcorn pops huge, so you only need 1/4 cup per lunch-sized bag.

Go here to learn how to do it from Kennisha Robinson on Snapguide.com.

Tags: Home Cooks · Snacks

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 George P // May 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Making the popcorn isn’t the problem. I have a hot air popper that works fine. But without flavorings, it’s like eating sawdust. So how do you get traditional buttery, salty popcorn without adding lots of calories? I tried powdered butter seasoning with no luck.

  • 2 Jan Norris // May 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

    The woman who original posted this uses Ranch dressing mix out of an envelope for flavor. I’ve heard some people use a low-fat Italian bottled dressing and that gives it the flavor and the oil. I don’t eat it very often, so I don’t worry about it. I melt a tablespoon of real butter and use sea salt. If you eat it once a week or more, I guess it would matter.

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