Saturday, September 24, 2011

"Home-made" microwave popcorn - who knew?

We have family movie night every friday night at our house.  For refreshments, we always have the same thing: popcorn and orange julius's (apparently not a word).  

Growing up, we always used one of those yellow air-popper machines that melted the butter in the cool little tray on the top.  I loved the flavor of that popcorn, but I got hooked on microwave popcorn in college.  I guess I just liked the ease of throwing in a bag and not having any appliances to clean afterwards.  However, now that we have kids, I've started to worry a little about the extra ingredients in the bags.  

A few years back I remember reading about a guy who got some weird disease from opening too many bags of microwave popcorn.  We've got enough to worry about without having think about our kids getting "microwave popcorn lung."  

As it turns out, there is a healthier and more affordable alternative that is just as easy.  Who knew!?!

  •  Buy regular popcorn kernels -- this jar was probably around $4.50
  •  Brown paper lunch bags - $1.99 for 100
  •  Pour 1/4 cup of the kernels into the bag
  •  Fold the bag over at the top two times so that it is tight
  •  Microwave until you hear the popping slow down - about 1 min 45 seconds in our microwave
  •  Top with whatever makes you happy - melted butter, salt, something spicy
  •  Enjoy!  

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