Homemade Microwave Popcorn

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We are a popcorn eating family!  It’s not just for movie time in our house.  It’s the perfect anytime snack.  With a gang the size of ours, we go through a lot of popcorn.  And microwave popcorn just doesn’t seem to go as far as it used to.  So, I google searched to see if there were ways to pop popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the ready-made packages.
Boy was I surprised to see the options.  We tried a couple and this one was my favorite.

Pop regular bulk popcorn in a brown paper bag.

I was skeptical…
But, I was wrong!!
It worked perfectly!!

Here’s what you need:

Brown paper bag (you know the lunch bags that you get for around 50 for $1.00)
1/3 cup of popcorn
Pour 1/3 cup of popcorn in your brown bag
Fold the top of the bag down twice and place in the microwave.

Every microwave’s cooking times are different but I set my timer for 3 minutes and watched and waited.  It takes my microwave about 2 minutes and 10 seconds to cook this amount of popcorn. So stand by and wait and then stop your microwave when the popping slows considerably.

Don’t leave the popcorn in too long, it will burn and then your kitchen will smell nasty!!

This is what the bag looks like when it comes out of the microwave.  Apparently, I need to clean my microwave because there are greasy spots on the bag and they are not from the popcorn!!
This can also happen if your microwave is grungy…

But, when you open your bag…this is what it looks like…

Delicious, perfectly cooked popcorn.  Pretty cool, huh??

Then you have the option to top it anyway YOU like.
Our new favorite way to top it is with a 1 1/2 teaspoons melted margarine, 1 teaspoon sugar, and a couple of shakes of cinnamon…YUMMM.

Of course, salt and butter is always good, as is a packet of powdered cheddar cheese.
We also enjoy it in our tomato soup.

However you like yours, I hope you’ll at least try this easy, money saving alternative to microwave popcorn.


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  1. wonderful!! thanks for passing it on.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Much healthier. Microwave popcorn is full of chemicals.

  3. Wow I can't believe I've never thought to try that before! Definitely pinning this for later. Does is work if you put a bit of butter and salt in before you microwave them?

  4. We are on the same wave length. I was recently thinking how much microwave popcorn we go through and how expensive it is. So I got our air popper out and have been utilizing it. I originally stored the popcorn in a big plastic container but my middle kid dropped it. Now I keep a small batch in a cleaned out Parmesan cheese container. Much more manageable for them.

    Thanks for

  5. Great! Thanks!

  6. I just showed my 16 year old how to do this yesterday! Yumm!

  7. I am so going to try this! Thanks for sharing!
    Come by and see my Titus Tuesday link I posted a poem to use for a party favor that Glorifies God in this season. Have a Blessed Wed. Sherry

  8. That is a great idea! We have done it before, but I always forget we can do it. My little girl loves popcorn.

  9. Love your popcorn tutorial! This is a great way to eat popcorn! Thanks for linking it up to Mommy Solutions! I will be featuring you today (Wednesday) on my Facebook page! Thanks again!


    PS- I hope you can make it to the Ella’s Kitchen Twitter party! Organic food option for kiddos! :) http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2012/10/twitter-party-ellas-kitchen-is-helping-you-createsmiles-with-organic-baby-and-kid-food/.

  10. This is great! Like Anonymous said, microwave popcorn is so not good for you. Thanks! Linda @www.paperseedlings.com.

  11. This is so good to know. I was just wondering how to get around the store bag kind.

  12. This is handy! My friend just brought over some popcorn kernels and without an air popper, I wasn’t sure what to do with them. :)

  13. I just bought a bag of loose popcorn to try it. I like your site. It feels homey.I live in Honduras as a missionary and spend a lot of time on the computer in my down time. No TV. Thank you.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  14. I love this idea!

  15. Hi Carrie,
    This is a great idea and one that I will use often. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Love, love, love this idea – can’t wait to give it a try. PS – might even try it in my tomato soup ;).

  17. I can’t believe this really works….but it did! Thanks for sharing! :)

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