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Photo taken by Darren Hester, http://www.flickr.com/people/ppdigital/

Photo taken by Darren Hester, http://www.flickr.com/people/ppdigital/

A couple of years ago, I learned a nifty, little secret: that you can make your own microwave popcorn with a brown paper lunch bag, popcorn kernels, and scotch tape. To do so, simply:

  1. Get a brown paper lunch bag (you can find these at the grocery or dollar store).
  2. Place approximately 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels into the brown paper lunch bag.
  3. Fold the top of the brown paper lunch bag over twice and use scotch tape to tape it shut.
  4. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until you hear 5 seconds between pops (I use the ‘popcorn’ setting on my microwave and it works perfectly).
  5. Place the popcorn in to a bowl and add any desired toppings. Note: some people add their toppings to the popcorn kernels before they microwave them, but I like to add them to the popped popcorn because it creates less mess and allows you to reuse the brown paper lunch bag.
  6. Enjoy.

Making your own microwave popcorn has distinct advantages:

  • it’s cheaper than store-bought microwave popcorn
  • it’s more environmentally friendly than store-bought microwave popcorn (if you reuse the brown paper lunch bags)
  • it can easily be made vegan (unlike most store-bought microwave popcorn, which contains butter or butter flavour)
  • it allows you to control the quantity of fat and sodium on the popcorn

 As an alternative to homemade microwave popcorn, you can also make your popcorn with a hot air popper.

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