Popcorn and I have had a very intense relationship over the years-we've had a lot of ups and downs.
For some reason, up until the 2nd grade-I thought I didn't like popcorn. Then, when I tried some, I realized I LOVED popcorn! I began to eat it a lot-a movie theaters, but especially microwave popcorn at my house. Eventually I was up to eating 1 bag of microwave popcorn PER DAY! I was very picky about what kind as well. Act II Butter Lover's Popcorn was the only popcorn for me. In high school, when I was worrying about my weight a bit more, I cut back to only a few bags of popcorn a week. This kept up through my first year of college. Then, in the midst of my 2nd year...something happened. I sort of started to get over it. I began to eat popcorn less and less. I realized movie theater popcorn made me sick, and I was sort of microwave-popcorn'd out. So, me and popcorn took a break.
While I was shooting in Maine and discovered Michele's popcorn, my love was reawakened, but in a new form, now I'm more into the occasional sweet popcorn (such as caramel corn).
Recently, I learned that microwave popcorn bags are lined with all kinds of stuff that is bad for you (yeesh I wish I'd known that as a kid). I don't have an air popper. Using oil/skillet/etc. seems messy and complicated. So I was VERY excited when I learned there's a safe, easy, fat-free way to make popcorn in my own microwave! It's so seriously simple: Take a brown paper bag, put the kernels in (you don't even need oil!), tape it shut, microwave and VOILA! YOU HAVE POPCORN!!
So cool. Just....so cool.
Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn
- 1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
- 1 brown paper lunch bag
- Any seasonings you desire
- Place popcorn kernels in the brown paper bag.
- Fold the bag opening over twice and secure closed with tape. Gently push the air out of the bag.
- Pop on high in microwave for 2 1/2-3 minutes, until you hear 1-2 seconds between pops.
- Remove from microwave and shake gently.
- Carefully open bag (if using scotch tape it may have melted itself onto the bag slightly, no worries).
- Season popcorn as desired! (Or use for a sweet popcorn-such as caramel corn)