How to Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

What do you do when you want popcorn, but you don’t have any prepackaged microwave popcorn? If you have a jar of popcorn kernels and a bowl, you are on your way to popcorn nirvana! This is so easy, you’ll never go back to buying prepackaged microwave popcorn again.

Get your bowl. Throw a teaspoon of olive oil into it. Toss a quarter cup of popcorn kernels in there, and stir ’em around so that they’re coated with the oil. You can add some salt if you’d like.

Now cover the bowl – otherwise the popcorn will fly. Make sure the cover isloose enough for steam to escape. You could put a plate over the bowl, as long as the plate doesn’t seal it off. If the bowl has a lid, set the lid so that it’s not tight.

A microwave-safe bowl, a teaspoon of olive oil, a quarter cup of popcorn kernels, a parchment paper lid, and a rubber band is all you need to make your own microwave popcorn!
Homemade microwave popcorn ready to go.

Here at Skippity Kitchens, we wrapped a sheet of parchment paper around the top and secure it with a rubber band, punching some holes in the top to let the steam escape.

Just like the prepackaged version, set your microwave for five minutes, and then linger nearby as the clock runs out. When the popping drops off, down to a second between pops, you’re done.

Like the bag, the bowl will be super hot, so be careful! Melt some butter and throw it in there, add some salt, and you made your own microwave popcorn!

Think about this: when you buy popcorn kernels rather than prepackaged popcorn, you usually get at least twice as much popcorn for the same price. Popping your own saves you money.

Think about this: you have control over the amount of oil and salt that goes into your popcorn. That means this popcorn is healthier for you.

Think about this: it takes about a minute longer to prepare popcorn this way, using dishes you already have.

And, think about this: with the prepackaged style, you throw away the box, the cellophane wrappers, and the paper bags inside.

Your prepackaged popcorn comes from a factory that squirts a premixed goosh of oil and salt and popcorn into the bag, heat-seals the bag, runs it through a cellophane wrapping machine, and then jams it into a box that goes into a box that goes onto a pallet that gets put on a truck to a distribution center that puts it on another truck that takes it to the store. All that energy and carbon and waste to make a 3 ounce bag of popcorn.

Your loose kernels are aggregated by a grange somewhere out in the Midwest, sometimes run by the farmers themselves. They travel by rail to a silo facility that pours them into bottles and caps them. Although they travel the same distribution route as their prepacked brethren, there’s so much less processing that goes into your jar of kernels.

So, the next time you’re at the store, grab a jar of popcorn kernels and a roll of parchment paper, and send yourself to homemade microwave popcorn nirvana! You’ll be healthier, leave a smaller carbon footprint, and have a little more jingle in your jeans.

Please note: do not do this procedure if you are not certain that you can complete it safely, or if it doesn’t seem accurate. Skippity Whistles provides this information as advice, and cannot accept any liability for your usage of it.


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