Microwave popcorn is a quick, easy and tasty treat. Unfortunately the commercially available products may include unhealthy oils, and toxic artificial flavorings. The bags are also coated on the inside with perfuorooctanoic acid, a known carcinogen. Is it possible to use a plain brown paper bag to make your own healthy, all natural, chemical free microwave popcorn?
- Better for you – chemical free, oil free, toxin and carcinogen free, just plain popcorn
- Better for the earth – much less packaging waste, and manufacturing pollution
- Better for the earth part 2 – You can use a reccled grocery bag, and the bag and be recycled or composted after use
- Saves time – microwave popcorn is quicker than stove top popping
- Saves money – you can buy plain popping corn for about half the price per ounce as microwave popcorn
- DIY seasoning – you can season the popcorn to suit your pleasure, with healthy oils, real salt, or yummy herbs
- Easy – still uses the convenience of the microwave oven
- You may need to add butter or coconut oil as a second step, if you like a little oil on your popcorn
- This method won’t work for you if you’re part of the anti-microwave school of thought.
I love popcorn! There’s something so yummy and special to me about this savory snack. When I was young, my dad would always pop some up on Friday nights and let us stay up late listening to a special gospel music radio program. (No, I didn’t grow up in the 1930’s, but I did grow up in a very conservative Midwestern no television household). I loved watching the electric popcorn popper spin the corn and oil round and round until the kernels started popping.
As I grew older microwave popcorn was starting to come into vogue, and the old electric popper died. Pretty soon microwave popcorn was the cultural standard. I snacked on it through high school, college, and through my early “grown-up” years. But when the news started coming out that the chemicals used to manufacture microwave popcorn were dangerous, I started eating less and less of it. By the time I became a crunchy mama, I had (sadly) stopped eating popcorn almost completely.
On a whim one day I picked up a bag of popping corn at Trader Joe’s. I thought it might be fun to show the kids the “old school” way of popping corn. We heated some coconut oil and butter in a stock pot, dropped in the popcorn, and had lots of fun watching it transform into a crunchy, fluffy snack. It was sooooo yummy, with no worries about sketchy chemicals or that weird coating on the roof of my mouth. The only part I didn’t like was cleaning up the greasy pot at the end of the night.
Then I discovered that you could pop corn in the microwave in a plain old paper bag! I definitely had to try out this Green Idea! I went as simple as possible:I put a scoop of popcorn in a paper grocery bag, folded the top over, and put it in the microwave for a few minutes. When the popping slowed almost to stopping, I pulled it out and opened a bag full of fluffy, hot, beautiful popped corn. It totally worked!!
I’m so excited about this new, simple, no mess way to make popcorn! It’s a great option if you are trying to cut the fat, and the toxins. I’ll admit that I still melt a little real butter to drizzle over the popped corn, but the no pot to wash is a big bonus for me. I absolutely recommend this method, and will definitely use it often moving forward!
Have you ever made your own DIY microwave popcorn? What’s your favorite way to prepare it?