People. We’ve been duped. Seriously. We have all just taken it as a given that to make popcorn at home in your microwave, you are at the mercy of the microwave popcorn food industry.
We’ve been forced into buying those special little bags (what’s so special about them anyway?) with a portion size too large for a single person’s serving (unless you buy the minibags, which cost more, *scowl!*). We’ve been strong-armed into these companies’ choices of seasonings (butter, fake butter, and more butter) all because we thought there was no other way.
The Omnivore and I always bought the lower-fat, less-butter microwave popcorn bags until we purchased one of these back in June of 2006.
It broke in July of 2006. Rats.
So, I picked one of these up at a second-hand store. The day was saved *heroic fistpump.*
Inherent to this type of popcorn-making machine, though, is the addition of a significant amount of butter and oil. Popcorn eating became less frequent and more indulgent around the house o’ Branny. And then it became non-existent. The old Whirly-Pop broke. It was claimed by the dishwasher.
And the Omnivore and I, well, we’re stubborn. We’d made the break from microwave popcorn and we weren’t going back. But we were craving tender white kernels.
And then my dear husband developed a skill that I could never match in the kitchen. He began making stovetop popped corn with merely a stainless steel soup pot and a glass lid. Why could I never manage to master this? I refused to be as heavy-handed with the SmartBalance “butter” required to get those kernels popping. The Omnivore’s love affair with popcorn flourished. Mine fizzled and died.
That stuff was too darn delicious and too darn bad for me.
And then I got to thinking. What’s so special about microwave popping corn anyway? Can I recreate it at home? What do I have to lose? (only an expensive microwave, I guess). So I started googling. And I discovered I could make popcorn with no added oils, fats, or flavorings in my own home! And I got angry at the microwave popcorn conspirators companies. And I got over that quickly, because my homemade popcorn is just peace, love, and lollipops.
One Year Ago: Crash hot Potatoes
Homemade Microwave Popcorn (1 serving)
1/4 cup white popping corn
brown paper bag
optional additions: olive oil, salt, garlic salt, parmesean cheese, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and sugar
Place popping corn into a brown paper bag. Add 1 tsp of oil, if desired but the addition is not necessary for effective popping. Add 1/4 tsp salt, if desired. Fold lip of bag over tightly and refold one time further. Place folded side down in your microwave.
Microwave at full power for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until popping sounds are infrequent, about 2 seconds between pops.
You may adorn popcorn after popping with seasonings, butter, or other oils of your choosing.