I love popcorn. I remember when I was little Granny would pop it in one of her big stock pots on top of the stove. A few years later she got an electric popper. It was light beige-like a tall cylinder. The popper had this little impression on the top where you could put a pat of butter. The heat from the popping corn was supposed to melt the butter allowing it to drip evenly over the popped corn, only it never worked like that.
I can’t remember the first time I saw or ate microwave popcorn. I do know I’ve eaten my fair share of the stuff and enjoyed every bite of it even though I’ve always heard microwave popcorn isn’t very healthy.
Several years ago, while blog hopping, I discovered you could make your own bag of microwave popcorn. All you need is popcorn and a paper bag. A paper lunch bag works perfectly.
When I first started making my own microwave popcorn I fiddled around with the amount of corn and the amount of time needed to cook the corn until I found what worked for my microwave. I put 1/4 cup of popcorn into the bag and fold down the top 2 or 3 times and cook it for 1:46 minutes on high. Once the corn is popped you can add melted butter, salt, or other condiments.
You can re-use the bag over and over until it finally gives out.
If you like popcorn and you use microwaves, give this method a try. You may have to adjust the amount of corn and/or the amount of cooking time till you find what works best for you. Making your own microwave popcorn is much much cheaper than buying the pre-packaged stuff.
This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig and The Acorn in 2011.