Place popcorn in a paper lunch bag. Tightly seal by making several small folds at the top of the bag.
Microwave on high until the popping slows to where the kernels are only popping about every 3 seconds (about 2 to 3 minutes total time depending on the wattage of your microwave).
Carefully open the bag, drizzle with olive oil, close bag, and shake well. Add the salt, close the bag again, shake well, and enjoy your treat.
While preheating, I also heat a mug of water in a separate container, providing a load for the microwave. As soon as any corn pops, I add 1/4 cup corn, and set timer for 1 minute. If still popping at end, I add 1/2 minute.
After pops slow down, I count slowly to 5 after last pop, starting over with each additional pop. I may add another 15 seconds, if still popping at end.
I use the mug of hot water to melt coconut oil (liquefies at 75-80 degrees F) in a small juice glass, and pour over popped corn.
Note: Organic virgin expeller-pressed coconut oil is very beneficial, and is a good source of Omega 3. It has a high smoke point (180 degrees C/360 degrees F), making it excellent for cooking; but no need with popcorn, just liquefy and pour.
USA banned coconut oil in popcorn machines in theaters, but this was a mistake.
Only the processes that chemically treat, or over-heat, or homogenize, cause coconut oil to be unhealthy.
Coconut oil has many benefits when used topically, including dry skin and other cosmetic uses, and has healing & anti-fungal properties.
In the USA, good coconut oil can be found in Spanish markets, Trader Joe's, and some other grocery stores.
By Jason from NY
Think: You don't cook prime rib steak on blazing heat from the get go; you'll end up burning parts and other parts will be undercooked. After hearing the first few kernels pop, turn up the heat. Cook as normal.
I think you will find less kernels than before. I have and I buy store brand. My friends wonder why there are so little kernels left. They think I have used gourmet popcorn like ORVILLE REDENBACHER. HA. HA. HA.
It's like my grandma letting the city cousins think they were drinking delivered milk when all she was doing was putting the family cow's milk in a bottle she found!
By the way, I don't ever use a popcorn machine.
By Tim from Science Hil, KY
Here's some ideas for topping:
By LRP from LWL, MA
How do you color popcorn? I have seen colored popcorn (unpopped kernels) in catalogs for sale, and it's rather pricey. Apparently when popped the popcorn is multicolor. I'd love to figure out how to do this.
Rose from MO
Just picked up a small cookbook 'Kool-aid[soft drink mix]Comes OF Age'. Page 37. Popcorn Balls 9 cups popped popcorn 1 cup light corn syrup 1/3cup Kool-aid sugar sweetened soft drink mix, any flavor Place popcorn in a lightly buttered bowl. Combine syrup and soft drink mix in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue boiling until mixture will seperate into hard threads when dropped into very cold water[or to a temperature of 270*] .Remove from heat and pour over popcorn, mixing quickly to coat well. Spape into 1-1/2 inch balls. Makes about 3 dozen. You wouldn't have to make this into balls, you could just place on a cookie sheet, cool and break into pieces. Colored and flavored too! Enjoy jimsjunque
How do you make popcorn in a halogen oven? I have a halogen oven (like the Nu Wave ovens) and want to try to make popcorn in it. The instructions in the book I have said to preheat the oven. How do you preheat one of these ovens? Then it said to put on high rack for 6 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes after the timer went off. I did everything the book said and I still had lots of kernels that didn't pop even after letting it rest. Does anyone have one of these ovens and can tell me how to make popcorn in it? Any information would be helpful. Thank you.
By Linda from Brighton, MI
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
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 (02/17/2006)
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