Thursday, March 5, 2009

Paper bag popcorn

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This is a fun way to make microwave popcorn without needing to use oil. You can also monitor how much butter and/or salt you want to put on it.
I found this recipe by doing an online search. It's been a year, and unfortunately I can't remember exactly which site I used, so I'll just say thank you to whoever thought of this first!

1. Put 1/3 cup of popcorn in a paper lunch bag.
2. Fold over the top about a half inch. Do this twice.
3. I seal it with a piece of gray tape.
(The original site said you could safely seal it with a couple of staples, but I didn't want to take that risk--you know, metal and microwaves--eek!
4. Now, here's where you'll have to play with it, because everyone's microwaves are different.
I set our microwave at approx. 1 1/2 min. Give or take a couple of seconds.

I haven't done a price breakdown on this, but I do know it is less expensive than store-bought microwave popcorn and much healthier.


  1. I guess you could use canola or one of the good oils, too. I never have just plain popcorn around here, but I'll need to try this out. Thanks, Brenda.

  2. I'm eager to try this Brenda. Thanks for posting it. I'll pick up some popcorn on my next trip to the grocery store. I just love this idea.

  3. Never heard of making popcorn like this. I'll definitely try it. Have paper bags and popcorn in the pantry. I can do this :)


  4. I never knew you could do this. Thanks for the tip!

  5. this is great, and much healthier than stove-top cooking:)

  6. Healthier AND less expensive!!! Not to mention fun for the kids, since it will be something different. We're going to try this for our movie night this weekend!! =)

  7. What a great tip! I can't wait to try with the kids! Thanks!

  8. I left microwave popcorn b/c of the chemicals. I can't wait to try this. Thanks.

  9. excellent idea! And then you could use butter buds or Molly Mcbutter for the flavor and really keep the calories low!