Good people of the world, you are being ripped off.
I know, I know. Unwelcome news on a Tuesday, bad way to start the week, etc. But seriously? Have you ever heard of a little thing called “microwave popcorn”? It’s all “oh yeah baby, just hit the popcorn button. I’m hot and fresh and ready and I only cost $7 a box. Easy.”
Don’t try to butter me up, scam popcorn, because now I know what everyone should know: you can make your own.
Yes, in the microwave.
Microwave popcorn in your house, sans the microwave popcorn box.
Aside from the obvious cost savings – plain kernels are .99 per pound at Trader Joe’s, while microwave bags add up to a few bucks a bag – the DIY edition of this snack eliminates Earth killing cellophane wrappers, non-recyclable bags of questionable origin and content, and there is a refreshing absence of fake butter. Plus, you can add all your own seasonings and spices. My favorite is salt, pepper, EVOO and chile powder. You know, for when you want your snack to punch you in the mouth. That’s my preference, obviously.
Let’s do it, shall we?
DIY MICROWAVE POPCORN
. I lb. bag of plain popcorn kernels from your local grocery store
. A few tablespoons of butter or EVOO, if desired
. Salt, pepper, chile powder, cinnamon, sugar, dill, powdered jalapeño – any spice you like and think will taste good on popcorn!
. A plain brown paper bag – lunch sacks or bakery bags work well
1. Fill your paper bag with a quarter cup of plain kernels.
2. Roll the bag closed, but not so tight that it can’t expand a bit.
3. Pop on high for two-ish minutes. I just watched it and when the obvious popping stopped, I pulled the bag out.
4. Shake into a bowl, coat with butter or EVOO, and top with your desired spices.