Recipes

Make Your Own Paper Bag Popcorn

March 8, 2016

Popcorn before the microwave was tricky, a balance between popping majority of the kernels while avoiding overcooking—we all know that burnt carbon taste that leaves the popcorn chewy. But the invention of the microwave popcorn made things easier (as long as you can follow directions) with three simple steps: open it, make sure which side is down, and nuke it. But the best thing about microwave popcorn is that you can make on yourself using nothing more than just a simple brown paper bag. This alternative is cheaper and affords a wide selection of flavors (or healthy options) you can do. So if you’re still trying to complete your Oscar’s marathon, here’s an opportunity to be creative with your popcorn.

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Microwave Popcorn in a Paper Bag

Time: 5 minutes (3 min prep/ 2 min cooking)
Yield: 3 cups, estimated

Ingredients: Popcorn

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Procedure: Popcorn

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Pour the contents in a brown paper bag (about 6×10 inches). Fold over the top edge twice, creasing it firmly.
  3. Microwave for about two minutes. This will depend on your microwave and some trial and error. Try listening to the pops. The popping will slow down to about 2 seconds between pops. That is a good cue to stop.
  4. Carefully open the bag and pour the contents into a bowl. Serve immediately.

Note: You can flavor the popcorn with anything you want, so try experimenting! We’ve tried garlic powder, brown butter, and smoked chili to name a few. For dry or powdered ingredients, add it to the kernels prior to cooking. If you want to add butter or caramel, drizzle it over the freshly popped corn.

Monica Yang SEE AUTHOR Monica Yang

Monica tries to be healthy, but is not very good at it. She loves food, traveling, and reading. Weaknesses include: good coffee, stationery, and home furnishing stores.

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