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Store bought microwave popcorn unfortunately is not "health food", mainly because of the artificial butter flavoring. Besides, the corn is likely GMO, and if you are concerned about that, as I am, you want to make your own healthy microwave popcorn at a fraction of the price!
I buy bulk organic non-GMO corn and put some in a previously used brown paper bag. I add a teaspoon of butter, spices and/or salt (if desired), fold the top twice, and throw it in the microwave! Make sure you fill the bag only about 1/5, to allow for popping. Microwave for 2 minutes . . . and done!
No artificial stuff to worry about. The bag can go straight in the compost after use. And the house doesn't smell like "artificial butter" either.
Source: My inspiration is from my teenagers and their friends, who could go through large amounts of popcorn in one evening.
When we moved back to Knoxville from Houston, we left one of our sons living in our condo until it can be placed on the market. I spoke to him the other night and he informed me that he is following my example of penny pinching. He bought one of the large bags of popcorn ("like you bought when I was a little kid") for two dollars. He says this will last him 3 or 4 months as opposed to 2 or 3 dollars a week for microwave popcorn. The boy was listening!
He also said that with his being at work all day and by closing off the rooms he doesn't use, his electric bill is cut by more than half. I hope this will help someone.
By Marty D. from Knoxville, TN
Take a brown paper bag (lunch size), spray some cooking spray inside the bag, making sure to get the sides of the bag very well, and add a tablespoon or two (no more) of popcorn inside. Fold over the top twice and lay on its side in the microwave. Pop for about 2 minutes 30 seconds. Keep an eye on it as for cook time. It is faster than the store bought microwave popcorn and does burn more easily. I've also played around with putting the salt in the bag before cooking, as well as other spices for taste. If you prefer to add flavor after cooking, it's easy to just dump it in the bag and give it a shake.
Buy the bulk popcorn at the store and either cook it the way I described above or in an air popper or on the cook top.
They you're all ready to get a big handbag and sneak it into your next movie.
By Jess in Oregon
Check and see if there is such a station in your area that does this.
By Ms April
After about 30 months at refrigerator temperature, the popping volume begins to decrease. In room-temperature storage, the popcorn will lose its popping quality in 3-6 months.
Fortunately, a couple years we were able to use someone's antique corn sheller. By the way, you can take popcorn on the cob and put it in the microwave just like that, and voila! You have the equivalent of air popped corn. I, however, am a "real butter" snob!
By Prairie Mom
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