Our Stir Crazy Popcorn popper is a regular appliance on my counter top. We are a huge popcorn eating family. The yummy, homemade and oil kind of popcorn. The kind you just can’t get enough of, and people even ask you for your secret.
Two years ago, I shared my crazy buying binge when I thought my model of popcorn popper was no longer going to be sold. I bought three at yard sales and thrift stores. Yes, it’s a staple in our home.
Even though I love the homemade kind so much, I definitely buy microwave popcorn when I have coupons and find a good stock up price, but I cringe when I read the ingredients. I also have been shocked at the rise in price of microwave popcorn.
I’ve heard it whispered for years that you can make your own Homemade Microwave Popcorn, but I just never took the few seconds to actually give it a try. Then my sweet friend emailed me and said, “Try it,” so I did and spent the afternoon experimenting.
Why, oh why, have I not done this sooner? Run, I tell you. Run to the pantry and grab your popcorn. If you have children, they will think you are the coolest mom eve,r and you will never buy the store bought stuff again.
You will be giddy with how easy, frugal and healthy this is. For the price of one store bought bag of popcorn, you can make the equivalent of about 10 bags with no junk in the ingredients.
Let’s not complicate this. For completely fat free, healthy popcorn, all you need is a small brown paper lunch bag and some popcorn kernels. Use the white kernels. Trust me, they are just so much better than yellow, but of course, yellow works just fine as well.
Place 1/3 cup unpopped kernels in brown paper lunch bag. You must use this kind. Fold the top over a few times so the kernels do not pop everywhere. Personally, I put it in a container so that the bag doesn’t fall over. This isn’t necessary, but if the bag does fall, it might have a tendency for the kernels to burn. Microwave on high for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes. The first few times listen closely for when the popping slows down. Every microwave cooks so differently and it can burn quickly if left popping too long. My “popcorn timer” popped it a bit too long and it burned the first time. This may happen to you as well until you find the “perfect” time for your microwave.
If you don’t have brown lunch bags, you may use a microwave container with a lid. That works just as well, but not quite as much “fun.”
Voila! You are finished. Delicious fat free popcorn. Now, sprinkle with some popcorn salt and you are ready to go.
Variations: If you aren’t as concerned about 100% fat free, I tried two different options. First, I tossed the kernels with a a few tablespoons of oil and sprinkled seasoning salt on it, and then placed in the bag. I have also used some spray “fake butter” right in the bag. Both are still great low calorie options.
Isn’t that the best idea ever? Run and try it. I’ll wait for two minutes and you can tell me how fun this was and how you can’t believe you haven’t tried this before.
Microwave Caramel Corn
As I experimented, I really wanted to come up with a low fat sweet option. I am thrilled to say I found out, and my kids says it almost tastes like real kettle corn, minus the thousands of fat grams. Obviously, using butter would really enrich the taste, but I found that just tossing 1/3 cup of brown sugar around my unpopped kernels and the following the same directions, gave me a homemade caramel corn taste, virtually fat free.
If you’ve looked in the store aisles lately, you’ll see colored microwave popcorn. I was on determined to find a way to achieve this without having to use tons and tons of food coloring. I spent hours attempting to soak the kernels in food coloring, but once it pops, it just leaves a faint hint of color (see the blue) on the husks.
Yes, I could just spray a mist of food coloring once the popcorn is popped, but that definitely my experiment. If anyone has any more brainstorms for this one, I am up for the challenge.