I recently heard that it was possible to make microwaved popcorn without buying bags of pre-seasoned, ready-to-pop-into-the-microwave popcorn in a bag. It sounded so much healthier to be able to put whatever I want into my bag so that I know exactly what we’re eating, but also not as messy as heating oil in a pan and covering it to wait for popped corn, which takes a while longer. I would do that versus buying bagged microwave corn, but now that I’ve discovered this method, I’m hooked!
I had no idea how to actually make it, but after experimenting a bit, it came out just wonderful. It was such a suprise of a treat on a cold winter night when all I wanted to do was to plop down on the couch, nestled under my mom’s hand-crocheted blankets and crunch away. Next time I’ll get a movie to go along with it…
How will you cozy up to a homemade snack like this?
Brown lunch bag
1/3 cup fresh kernels of corn
Dried seasonings (optional)
1/3 stick of butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
Pour the corn kernels in the paper bag then add the salt and dried seasonings, if using them.
Fold the paper bag a couple of times, but not so far down that it won’t leave enough space for the bag to expand when the lovely kernels become popped corn!
Depending on the type of microwave, the popping time could be anywhere from two minutes and thirty seconds up to three minutes. Keep a close eye for the smell and the amount of pops—once the popping slows down, it is closer to being finished. Too much time in between and it could easily mean it’s about to burn. Once you smell the burning, it’s hard not to taste that ‘burnt’ taste throughout the whole bag.
Remove the bag from the microwave and leave it closed for about a half a minute. Meanwhile, melt the butter for about thirty seconds. Add the chili powder and mix into the butter with a spoon.
Open up the bag of popcorn and place into a serving dish. Pour the butter over top and serve immediately (for best results)!