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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