DIY Microwave Popcorn.

Store-bought microwave popcorn is kinda nasty: it tastes processed, gritty, and generally nothing like popcorn. Plus, when you can make your own, it becomes overpriced, and unnecessary. When one doesn’t have the time during a commercial break to stand in front of the stove shaking for seven or eight minutes, DIY microwave popcorn is a totally usable alternative that puts that toxic, yellow sludge-covered stuff to shame.
DIY Microwave Popcorn.

A brown paper lunch bag
1/4 cup popcorn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Serving bowl


1. Pour a 1/4 cup of quality, whole popcorn into a brown paper lunch bag
2. Fold the top over twice, and crease tightly.

3. Place the bag in the microwave, and microwave on high for 75-120 seconds. (90 seconds is perfect for my microwave). The first time you give it a try, watch and listen carefully, and stop the cooking once the pops become longer than two seconds apart.
4. Meanwhile, in a serving bowl, mix the oil and salt.
5. Once the popcorn is popped, transfer to the bowl and mix with the seasoning. You could do this directly in the bag, but the oil will turn the paper bag greasy.

6. Rush back to your seat, and devour.

Other flavor options:

Instead of olive oil, mix two tablespoons of melted butter and a tablespoon each of chopped fresh rosemary and thyme with the salt. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Use a vegetable or corn oil in place of the olive oil, and add 2 teaspoons of dried, crushed ancho chiles (or ancho chile powder), an 1/8 teaspoon of ground cumin, the zest of 1/2 a lime, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro/coriander.

Use extra-virgin olive oil, then add 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt. Add dried or fresh herbs as desired.

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Caya123 on Jun 23, 2007:

I will never forget the time that this one guy I knew tried this. He had a smaller microwave, and he used a large paper GROCERY BAG. He started it up & pretty soon he had flames coming out of the microwave!! Thankfully he caught it & nothing bad happened, but I laughed & laughed!

jasimar on Jun 22, 2007:

So cool!  My daughter is allergic to dairy and wheat, so this is the perfect treat that we can both enjoy.  Thanks!

DIY Maven on Jun 22, 2007:

My mother makes popcorn this way. Although she stops the microwave halfway through popping and shakes the bag. I don't know if this makes any difference in popped kernel outcome, however.

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