Yep, I originally posted this on our cruising blog
last year - so I
apologize for everyone who's already seen it, but for everyone
else, this is a great money-saving tip!
Did you know that the popcorn kernel doesn't care how it
Yep, that's right. This is the big secret
that the companies making microwave popcorn don't want you to
know. You can make microwave popcorn for about 1/10th the cost
- and it's healthier because you
ingredients go into it. This comes via our good friends
It's really simple, but it'll take a few batches to get things
Here's all you need
- Popcorn. Just your regular bag or container of raw
- Small paper lunch bags. Cheap, and you can use them more
than once. WARNING: Many black inks have metal
in them and MAY start a fire in the microwave - OK, they WILL
start a fire. Please don't reuse bags with printing on
- Cooking spray. We just use a generic supermarket brand
which is very low fat and low calorie. You can even skip
this, if just making plain popcorn.
- Topping. Whatever you want to sprinkle on top. Salt,
Garlic salt, Pepper, Cajun seasoning, à¤®à¤¸à¤¾à¤²à¤¾, Plain.
It's up to you.
The basic cooking procedure is really simple:
- Spoon popcorn into paper bag. (Exact amount will come
from the dial-in procedure).
- Fold over the top of the bag and stick it into the
- Start the microwave.
- Stop the microwave once popping is complete.
- Pour it into a large bowl.
- Spray on some cooking spray, and shake. Repeat.
- Sprinkle on some topping, and shake. Repeat.
Seriously, it's that easy. And don't throw the bag
away, you can use it for 2 or 3 batches most of the time -
use it until the bag splits!
Now comes the dial-in procedure.
This will take a few batches, but it's no big deal, and once
you find out exactly the right amount of popcorn and time for
your microwave, it'll work perfectly every time.
We start with 3 tablespoons of popcorn per bag, and use the
microwave's built-in "popcorn" program to start with,
otherwise start with 2:30 or so and adjust upwards or
downwards as needed. Pay attention to the sound of popping in
the last minute or so of the cycle. If it's still popping
when the microwave is done, then you need less popcorn, or
increase time. If popping stops, then stop the microwave
before it burns, and you'll need to reduce time, or use more
The dial-in procedure is that simple - either add more
popcorn, increase time, or reduce the time - and after a few
batches you'll find the perfect setting for your
Maybe you'll find a second
batch is needed (wanted?), but that's no problem either -
since this is so cheap you'll just make 2 or 3 bags without
thinking about it. Put any un-popped kernels back in the bag,
along with your regular dial-in amount and cook another
That's it! That's all there is to cheap microwave popcorn, at
about 1/10th the cost of "microwave popcorn" sold in the
stores. And you choose exactly what you want to put on it -
not only is it healthier, but you will come up with awesome
things to sprinkle on top that the popcorn companies would
never think to sell!