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Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

I just received two large tins of loose popcorn. How do you cook popcorn in the microwave oven? Do you add oil? How much popcorn to oil?

Sandy from Vermont


Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

You'll need to purchase a popcorn popper especially for microwave use. They are cheap and can be bought most anywhere; Walmart, Target, or even Menards/Home Depot. You don't use oil when microwaving popcorn. Hope this helps. (02/16/2006)

By Lori

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

It's healthier if you use a plain brown lunch bag, and the kernels, no oil. Pour enough kernels to cover the bottom of a brown lunch bag, then refold bag, and roll down the top a few times to close it, and heat on high for 1-2 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the microwave itself). (02/16/2006)



Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

Just put a handful of popcorn kernels in a brown, paper lunch bag. Fold it over 2 or 3 times, and microwave for several minutes, until you hear it almost stopped popping. Don't need to add a thing to it. (02/16/2006)

By Judy

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

Don't use any oil, and just put enough popcorn to cover the bottom of a lunch style brown bag and set the timer for anywhere from a 2 minutes to 2 1/2. Sit back and enjoy! (02/16/2006)

By teatimelady

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

Yes, you need a Orville Reddenbacker popper made for the microwave. It makes very good popcorn and you can add oil or not as you wish. Have had one for many years. Much better than regular microwave popcorn (02/16/2006)

By Jan.

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

I have always done popcorn this way. I take about 2 handfuls (you will have to see what yours does,, how good it pops) and put in a brown lunch bag. Fold ends down and turn the microwave on. Can't really tell you how long. You can hear about when it stops popping, and also see when the bag is full! I eat mine just out of the bag, no butter, no nothing. Very good! (02/16/2006)

By Shirley

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

Or you could cook it the old fashioned way on the stove in a pan with oil.


Cover the bottom of a 2 quart pan with oil and heat. Add a kernel. When it pops, cover the bottom of the pan with corn. Shake vigorously until popping almost stops.

YUM! Pop-corn

By Diana

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

I always use a Microwave Rice cooker to pop my corn in. Its a good size plus it has a lid. So any Microwave cooker with a lid is fine. Or you can just use a paper bag. And there's no real need to use oil when popping corn. Takes about one and half to two minutes to cook. But you can hear when the corn has stopped popping. Happy Popping. (02/17/2006)

By Kiwi Pom.

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

I do the lunch sack method. Quick and easy. Then I put the popped corn in a bowl, drizzle with a good olive oil and a smidgen of garlic salt. Delicious! (02/19/2006)

By Beth

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

I worry about the fumes from the glue in the paper sack. My mother baked turkeys in a brown grocery bag and they came out nice and browned but I worried about the glue that keeps the bag intact. Anyone know the dangers? (03/19/2006)

By June (Guest Post)

Cooking Loose Popcorn in the Microwave

My method is to make a butter icing type mix, then rub the popcorn kernels through it, then microwave with a plate over the top, same principal applies with salt. (08/17/2008)

By Alex


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