Jan 18 2010

Popcorn A Blog Without Butter

Popcorn is the one snack I can’t live without. Air pop it, microwave it, or make it in a pan. I’m a fan. At the movies I’m the one holding the ridiculously sized and absurdly expensive “bucket o’ popcorn” yes, that’s me. I’m the person you see and say” I can’t believe she’s buying that!” I always fill it up again on my way out of the theater too (I have no shame), it helps justify the expense. I drive with it strapped in securely where I can continue munching. Evidence of this often repeated journey is present under the seats of my car.

I don’t add butter, nope no butter, just good old fashioned popcorn. It’s a guilt free nutrient packed snack. Now, I know a bucket of popcorn is ridiculous and I don’t eat it like that often. But, oh how I love to indulge when I go to the theatre. Did you know that popcorn ranked highest in favorite snack foods in a recent poll (yes they take polls for these things). So I’m not alone. How do you eat your popcorn? (Don’t say with your hands, giggle)

How to make inexpensive microwave popcorn at home.

1/4 cup of popping corn (generally $0.99 for a pound bag.

1 Teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

Popcorn salt, you decide how much (use popcorn  salt,it has finer granules than table salt with the same taste)

Other seasonings (get creative)optional

A stapler

A teaspoon

A measuring cup

A brown paper bag

A microwave

Open the paper bag and pour the popping corn in. Carefully add your seasonings and salt. Shake gently. Now add the teaspoon of olive oil. Fold the bag over once at the end and staple twice. No, the staples will not spark in the microwave. Gently shake the contents to mix and press out the air. Lay flat in the microwave and cook until the pops get about 3 to 5 seconds apart. Open the bag carefully as steam will be escaping and you can get scalded. Pour into a bowl, serve and enjoy the taste and the knowledge that this heaping bag of microwave popcorn cost less than $0.10!
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  1. hipchic~cynde

    Oh man, that is great! We eat so much popcorn I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a great day

  2. Duni

    Hi Katie!
    thanks for your kind comment on my blog post about websites. I am glad I have my own now. It's a lot of work though ;-)
    Here in Germany we can only get decent popcorn at the cinema. It's hard to find microwavable popcorn and it tastes quite bland. Your recipe sounds delicious :)

    have a great day!


  3. Elizabeth Seaver

    Love this do-it-yourself popcorn. I'll be tryin' it!

  4. Megan


    We'll have to try this!

  5. Dave

    Thanks for the recipe Katie – Dave

  6. Cottage Cozy

    I blogged about paper bag popcorn a few months ago…isn't it awesome!

    You don't even need the oil if you don't want and I never staple the bag..maybe you should if adding the seasoning etc.

    Have a great weekend!

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

  7. Katherine (a.k.a. Katie) Corrigan

    Hi Carrie, that's great we both had paper bag popcorn ideas :-) I made it when I went to Washington to be with my Mother when my Father passed away in November. It worked great. Thank you for "popping" by . Hugs!

  8. Maggie

    Hey this is great! Popcorn is one of my fav snacks as well and I always get the absurd bucket at the theatre as well and fill it twice, like you, but I splurge and get some butter- I just can't help it. Yummy!

    Thanks for visiting my blog- i appreciate it! I'm going to go and take a look around here at your place!

  9. Grandma Yellow Hair

    We would be great at the movies together because that is my main reason for going is to have some good ole movie popcorn.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe.
    Thank you so much for joining my site I am looking forward to visiting yours and being a follower

  10. Lidian

    Brilliant! I am going to try this, thanks, Katie! :)

  11. RNSANE

    This is really good information. Though I haven't bought them since I stopped working, I used to have a bag of store bought popcorn every day at work for my afternoon treat. This recipe is wonderful and economical. I like curry popcorn! Now, I'll be eating it more often…also, like spicy popcorn.

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