One of the most popular snacks in this country is popcorn. A lot of the popcorn is consumed after taking a spin in the microwave. I use to buy in bulk bags of microwave popcorn. But then I was introduced to a better way. I watched Alton Brown on an episode of Good Eats make his own microwave popcorn. How I do it now is a little bit different than his verison, but it is based on his. I start with 1/3 cup of popcorn. What type of popcorn? Before I never got to choose what type of kernal I wanted, it was already chosen for me. Now I can choose between yellow, white, black, or even red. Yellow & white varities are easily found in any supermarket. There is a black kind that I have also found in many supermarkets, but I don’t really care for it’s flavor. There is a red variety that I found at a local bulk food store, that has a nice taste to it. I encourage you to get out there and explore the different types.
So now that you have picked out your kernels, place them in a standard lunchtime paper bag. Alton staples his bag shut but I find that everytime I just fold it shut that I never have it come open. Then I pop in the microwave for whatever time I have determined is perfect in my microwave. You will have to experiment with your own microwave. My previous microwave took an entire minute longer and left a lot of kernels unpoped. As for toppings the sky is the limit. I just stick to some melted butter and Real Salt (to learn more about Red Salt, click here).
There are three main benefits from following this method over buying already packaged bags.
1. I read a report recently about a study done at UCLA, that said that a chemical (PFOA) that is in the lining of microwave popcorn bags has been linked to cancer in labroartary settings. When you microwave the bag, the chemical can escape into your popcorn. Why run the risk?
2. You get to experiment with different salts, kernel types, and toppings with you completely in the driver’s seat.
3. It’s CHEAP!!! I typically pay between $.79-$1.49 a pound for my popcorn. Paper bags can easily be picked up at a dollar store for 50 bags for a buck.
Take back control over your microwave popcorn. Your stomach will and wallet will thank you.