Monday, January 26, 2009

How To Make your Own Microwave Popcorn


I love pop corn but don't like all the chemicals and crap in the microwave popcorns- just when I thought all was lost along come Seattle Free School and How To make Microwave Popcorn Instructions on their blog!Popcorn for pennies! How cool is that?
And the neat thing, beside reducing those nasty chemicals in microwave popcorn, is you get to reduce the plastic wrapper from the microwave popcorn. And I'm guessing you can buy popping corn in bulk at some markets- reducing your waste even further!

13 comments:

junkrescuerbeth said...

Popcorn is one of my favorite foods. This is such a healthy way to enjoy it.

Healing Green said...

I was so excited when I saw this post and read the easy instructions... then we tried it. It worked great for about the first half of the popcorn, and then while the second half was popping the first half began smoking, and then burning!! We tried it twice, so it wasn't a fluke. The corn was totally plain, like in the instructions, in a brown bag. What seems to have happened upon inspection is that sugars in the corn caramalized and then burned. It was quite a scary sticky, and stinky mess. So disappointed!

The popcorn was, granted a few years old, so maybe too many starches had converted to sugars, so I may give it another try sometime with some fresh popcorn. Any ideas?

Saver Queen said...

Here's what I do: I buy microwavable popcorn kernels at a bulk food store for pennies. Then I put it in a basic brown bag (1¢ each) fold the end, and put two staples in it. Then microwave until most of the kernels have popped. I stole that tip from Alton Brown. It's so easy and dirt cheap.

Anonymous said...

WARNING! don't use a paper grocery sack! maybe I'm the only one in the world that didn't know recycled paper has little bits of metal and can harm your microwave.
The popcorn turned out GREAT; there was no indication anything was awry while cooking, but now my microwave is fried!
I have an upset husband, and I'm out hundreds of dollars on a fried microwave.. I'm extremely bummed. I wish there was a warning to this effect at the top of this recipe.

Bob said...

WARNING!
Anonymous is mistaken! If the bag had enough "metal" in it to do any damage to the oven, she would have seen a "lighteing storm" in there!

The interior of the microwave oven IS METAL! It's the reflection of the microwaves in a crease or corner with a small angle that causes arcing.

Prove it for yorself. Take a small piece of foil,place it FLAT in the center of the plate/turntable,turn the oven on HIGH for 3 seconds. Nothing happens.
Now crinkle the foil in a loose ball and try it again.

Her husband is either a bully or just doesn't know enough.

Bob said...

Healing Green needs to:
a) make sure the corn isn't dried out.Put the corn in a mason jar with a tsp water,shake & refrigerate for a day. The moisture content needs to be ~ 10%
b)make sure there's not too much corn in the bag- only a layer of a few kernels on the bottom of the bag. And make sure the bag is "plumped up" after you close it (NOT FLAT). The popped corn needs room.

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Tiago said...

In a Buenos Aires temporary rent I have being a while ago I found out how usefull microwaves are. Truly we can do many elaborate meals and tasty ones, and no one will note it!!