January 19, 2016
Maybe I’m late to the party (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I just recently learned that microwave popcorn is full of chemicals. Like a lot of them. It’s not just the flavors and additives, but also what’s used to line the bags. We all draw different lines with how pure and all-natural we want to keep our family’s diet, but honestly, by all accounts, microwave popcorn is pretty toxic stuff. And the weird thing is that I’m not sure why given how easy it is to make microwave popcorn with nothing more than kernels, oil, and a paper bag.
Yup: Three simple ingredients, all low cost and available at the supermarket (if not already in your cupboards), turn out microwave popcorn that you can flavor any way you like in all of 5 minutes. With this easy DIY tutorial, store-bought actually becomes a waste of money. And making and flavoring this is pretty much my kids favorite kitchen project ever.
To make your own microwave popcorn, you’ll need:
* Popcorn kernels (I used organic, blue corn kernels in the video which is why the center looks so dark; they are not burnt!)
* A bit of neutral oil, such as grape seed or canola
* A plain brown paper bag
About 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels makes one snack-sized serving and you can fit up to 1/2 cup (2 servings) in each regular-sized brown paper lunch bag. For each 1/4 cup of kernels, you’ll only need 2-3 drops of oil and whatever toppings you like—in whatever amount you like—which you add after the popping is done.
Watch the video for how it all comes together and then get popping, naturally.
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