I always thought that microwave popcorn had to be bought in those bags at the store. And that there had been some process done to the popcorn kernels before they were packaged to make them pop in the microwave so nicely.
Surprise! A friend told me that I could pop just regular popping corn in my microwave. And it was as simple as a bag, some popping corn, three minutes and done.
So I tried it. And guess what? She was right. It is as simple as this:
1. buying popping corn at the store (for a LOT less than the microwave bags).
2. put 1/2 cup in a paper lunch bag. Fold the top over about 3 times to seal the bag as well as possible. A piece of tape might be a good idea, although I have not done that...yet.
3. put the bag on its side in the microwave with the fold UP and cook on HIGH for 3 minutes.
That's it--it's done! I added salt and a little melted butter when the popcorn was done, and it was delicious, light and fluffy and even better than the stovetop popcorn I've been making.
Not all my kernels popped; there were quite a few unpopped in the bag when I removed it from the microwave. Had they all popped, 1/2 cup might have been too much. My corn is about a year old; I bought a 9-pound bag on Amazon for really cheap and we had not used a lot of it. But with this method, I expect to use up my old corn pretty fast. So if you try this, you may want to start with 1/3 cup.
If you try this, let me know how it worked for you. It certainly is a much cheaper--and just as fast as the store-bought bags of microwavable popcorn.
Linking to Housewife How-To Tuesday and Try a New Recipe Tuesday today. Check them out for some great ideas!
BTW, you can buy as huge bag of popcorn on Amazon, still: Weaver Handi Pak Gourmet Popcorn - 4 pk. - 12.5 lb. - Popcorn Packaging & Accessories (Google Affiliate Ad)
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