Tuesday, May 13, 2008

WFMW - Homemade Microwave Popcorn

We like snacks around here but I could blow my whole budget buying goodies. One of our favorites is microwave popcorn and through the wonders of the internet I’ve managed to find several recipes for making your own. It’s so thoroughly cheap that I can’t bear to buy the pre-made bags anymore.

I buy the popcorn kernels in bulk and can find it from anywhere between 50 cents and 99 cents per pound. And one pound makes at least 50 bags of popcorn. You do the math on that one.

Here’s what you’ll need…

A brown paper lunch sack
¼ cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon of olive oil
Salt or dry seasonings of your choice

Open up your bag and pour the popcorn into it. Add the salt or dry seasonings, shake it, and then pour the teaspoon of olive oil over the top.

Now fold the bag over about one inch and staple it twice. I promise that the staples will not spark in your microwave. It that freaks you out too much, you can fold the top down tightly, in ½ inch folds, two times. If you do the folding only method, make sure it’s got tight creases or you’ll end up with a microwave full of popcorn and a bag that has busted open.

Gently shake the bag to mix the ingredients and then press out the air. Set it folded side up in the microwave and cook until the popping becomes 3 – 5 second apart. For me that’s about 2 minutes.

Open the bag, being careful of the steam and eat. I save my bags and re-use them. Yeah, they get oily but I can get several uses out of it before I have to throw it away.

Enjoy and relish the fact that your bag of popcorn costs less than a dime.

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col @ gigablonde :: things to do in ny when you're [not] dead said...

*WOW* how cool is that! I am loving this idea. The staples really really freak me out, you're right ... what's up with that? ... so I am going to be a folder for sure. But I love it, thank you!

Lisa said...

This is great! I can't wait to try it!! And then it won't have all those extra ingredients that we can't pronounce.

Monica said...

Thanks for the recipe. We will be doing this!!

Tara said...

That is one I'm bookmarking and trying! We have a pretty small microwave though. Do you think that the paper bag touching the top of the microwave will be a problem?

Niki said...

Too funny! I just posted about doing this on my blog a few days ago. We make ours plain though because our son has lots of food allergies.


Tara B. said...

Thanks for sharing this!! I have been looking for a way to do this, as we do buy alot of microwave popcorn and I was just sure there had to be a more thrifty way to do this. Thanks!!
Tara B

Blue Castle said...

Thanks for the great idea. I will definitely be trying this out. :)

Reverend Joyleaf said...

This is a great idea and is a HUGE money saver. We have a product similar to this. It's great because you don't need to add any oil. Of course we usually end up adding melted butter and seasonings afterward.

I like the product because it's so user friendly and keeps the paper bags out of the landfill and/or compost.

PFMommy said...

Earlier today I had to make THREE bags of micro. popcorn for my brood. I am wondering if the bags are getting smaller, but the price is still the same (or higher!)? I am definitely going to try this idea. Thanks!

Tiff said...

Thank you thank you!!! That's such a great tip! I'm spending loads of money on microwave popcorn. Thanks for letting me know!

Becky said...

Will have to try that! Thanks!
I do wonder about those staples but, if you tried it and it's fine...I'm sure you wouldn't say otherwise! :o)

Leanne said...

Great idea!

I'll try this one out for sure!

Enjoy the weather!


MaryLu said...

Tried it, burnt.
Tried it again, burnt.
Don't know what I'm doing wrong, but for now I'll stick with my air popper, fewer calories too.

WendyDarling said...

I read about this in one of Alton Brown's books. I did it and it worked perfectly. The staples were not a problem at all. :-)

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Made popcorn tonight! :) THANKS! Yummy and oh so cheap!

Transforming Mom of 3 said...

How do you bookmark??