I don’t know about your kids but my kids love popcorn. Not so much the gross, smelly popcorn at the theatre but rather the home popped kind, drizzled with a teeny bit of real butter and salt.
It’s a treat for them and for all intents and purposes it’s one that I don’t have to worry about too much. At least if it’s done right.
Up until recently the only time Bethany and Audrey were allowed to have popcorn was when they were at my Mom and Dad’s house. Firstly because I’m so allergic (and used to love it so much pre allergy) and secondly because they have an air popcorn popper. The garbage found in microwave popcorn is just as scary if not scarier than the artery clogging popcorn found in the machines of the theatres.
I had resigned myself and them to the fact that they’d probably never eat popcorn at home again…at least until I learned this magic secret to making safe microwave popcorn!
All you need is corn kernels (read the package to make sure that they haven’t been treated with anything), a brown paper lunch bag, a microwave and butter/other seasonings.
To make it fun, we like to decorate our paper bag…
Take 1/4 cup of corn kernels and pour them into your paper bag. Believe it or not this will serve 4 people
Fold the top over 3 times, lay the bag folded side up, flat on it’s back in the microwave. I make sure to shake the kernels out in a single layer as best I can, they pop better that way.
Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes (depends on the microwave. Start with the least amount of time because it can burn fast)
Pour out into a bowl, season and enjoy!
It works like magic and you don’t have to be afraid of any of the things in the bag, the preservation or anything else. Bonus – it’s WAY less expensive than buying microwave popcorn bags!
Go, try it out now and eat a bowl for me!