How To Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

One night a week we gather together as a family to watch a favorite weekly show. For a long time it was Lost but <sniff, sniff> that show is done. We’ve now moved on to Falling Skies on Sunday nights and, when it returns this coming fall/winter, we’ll watch The Walking Dead. Yes, we are a sci-fi/horror loving family.

While the horror shows are suppose to scare us the one thing that we don’t have to be frightened of the microwave popcorn that gets made on show night. I’m glad we gave up the prebagged microwave stuff topped with who knows what chemical combo that simulates “butter” flavoring. That’s stuff isn’t exactly healthy for you. Perhaps you haven’t heard the latest reguarding some of the chemicals used in microwaveable popcorn?

At first there were the problems that the popcorn factory works were having due to the artificial butter flavoring chemical 2,3 pentanedione. It causes severe lung problem called brochiolitis obliterans (aka popcorn workers lung). That would be bad enough except another butter flavoring chemical, diacetyl, now may be linked with key processes in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Great!

Instead of using that over priced, prebagged, chemical filled stuff why not make your own? Forget the days of putting oil into a pan, adding the popcorn and waiting for the stuff to pop all while shaking the pan like a crazy person so it won’t burn. I use this Nordic Ware Microwaver Popcorn Popper  to make our popcorn. Here’s all it takes:

Step 1: break out your microwave popcorn maker

Step 2: find yourself some popcorn kernels.

Sure there’s the popcorn sold at the grocery store but, if your looking for a variety of Non GMO popcorn, I would highly suggest checking out Amish Country Popcorn. They have several hulless types that we use. No more flossing out those little bits of popcorn kernel that get wedged between your teeth. They also have regular and colored popcorn as well. We are finishing a bag of Black Jewell (I don’t see it in stock right now) and Lady Finger.

Step 3:put your kernels in the popcorn maker and cover.

Place 1/3 cup of the small type of popcorn (the hulless ones) or 1/2 cup of the regular sized popcorn into the bowl and cover. No need to add anything else.

Step 4: place in the microwave for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes.

The time needed will vary based on the size of the kernel and your microwave. The smaller, hulless types are finished in 3 minutes in my microwave. When I change types I set the microwave to 4 minutes and then stop it when the popping has slowed to one kernel popping every 3 or 4 seconds. Personally, I’d rather have a few extra unpopped kernels than ones that have begun to burn. When your popcorn is done popping, remove the cover (be careful not to get burned by the steam that will come out) and enjoy your fresh popcorn!

We find that 1/3 to 1/2 cup of kernels is more than enough for one person. I usually make 3 batches and it feeds 4 of us. My husband is unable to eat popcorn so he has something else on movie night. As for toppings, pass on the artificial stuff that turns your brain to mush and head straight for real butter! Or even a combo of butter and good for you virgin coconut oil. Sprinkle a little salt on top and enjoy! Another great topping is a little parmesan cheese or even Penzey’s Garden Salad Seasoning mix. Mmmm!

Do you make your own popcorn? What are your favorite toppings?

This recipe shared with Real Food Wednesdays, Fight Back Friday


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