I'm excited to talk about this next little “pop secret.” If you haven't seen this trick already before, it's sure to enlighten the way you think about microwave popcorn! Did you know that you can make your very own?!
Let's start at the beginning... Popcorn was always a staple for me. Even through my college life. There was nothing better than popping (Um, no pun intended...) a little bag into the microwave and then minutes later devouring the wonderful buttery, salty joy. As I would unwrap the popcorn bag from it's sealed plastic packaging, before placing it into the microwave to cook, I used to imagine that there was this “secret ingredient” that the popcorn makers skillfully put into their bags in order for the kernels to pop. I even thought maybe it's the kernels! Special grown microwaveable kernels.
Boy was I wrong.
It's just the stinkin' microvawe! Would you believe that you can pop up beautiful microwave popcorn yourself...with just a bag...and NOTHING else other than the microwave! No butter, no salt. Just a bag! Seriously. Blew my mind. I swear it's like one of the nation's best kept secrets since aliens starting visiting our planet... (I'm just teasing, I don't believe in aliens or their visitations.) But seriously. Super cool you can pop corn without a stove or hot air popper.
Now, as I often like to do, I want to educate you just a little about why this next recipe is super important. It's not just a great concept but it's one that you should highly consider switching too if you're still using store bought popcorn.
There are some super great articles on it that I want you to read but basically most store bought microwaveable popcorn brands put a chemical into their popcorn bags that is linked to cancer and infertility to name a few! There's also the factor of the word “natural flavors” which can mean anything that once came from nature-which isn't bad itself but under FDA law...even if it's a chemical created by man from an ingredient that once came from nature it can be labeled “natural.”
Don't believe me?
Bottom line, if you have to use a microwave to cook your popcorn, make it from scratch!
Know what's being put into your food, use simple ingredients and when possible, make it yourself. It will be A LOT healthier for you! Enjoy ;)
How to make your own Microwavable Popcorn
Place the bag into your microwave and cook for around 3 minutes. (It will probably pop closer to 2 minutes but you'll want to give yourself some extra time just in case.) You will know the popcorn is done when the kernels slow down popping. (Just as you would with standard microwavable popcorn.) *See note below.
*NOTE: If not all of your kernels pop up- you can stick the HOT kernels back into the sack and return them to the microwave to continue popping. Just be sure the popped kernels are removed or else they will burn.
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