DIY: Microwave Popcorn

March 17, 2014 29 Comments | Disclosure

We love popcorn.  My daughter asks for it all the time.  And, I’m usually pretty happy to provide it.  But, I haven’t been able to find our Air Popper in a while, and I’m not a huge fan of the microwave bags of popcorn, it’s just too expensive and has too many chemicals.  Check out this super easy, super healthy way to make Microwave Popcorn bags yourself!!  No added oils, chemicals, or anything else in it!  That’s my kind of Popcorn!

DIY Microwave Popcorn  Prepped for Kids

Start off by portioning your Popcorn Kernels into 1/4 cup baggies. This will help your kids be independent in their popcorn making endeavors!  Since I buy our popcorn by the giant tub, I usually only portion out 5 or 6 of these at a time.  I want her to be independent, but I also want to control the mess :).   Plus, it only takes about a minute or so, and then you aren’t dealing with storing tons of bags.  My daughter will actually put the empty bags back in the cute little popcorn containers we store them in, so we can re-use them when empty!

DIY Microwave Popcorn Step 1  Add Popcorn to bowl

Step 1: Place your popcorn kernels into a 1.5 or larger quart bowl.  I LOVE this Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set W/Colored Lids!  It has 4 of the most perfect sizes of bowls.  I use the 1.5 or 2.5 quart bowls to make the popcorn.  The 4 qt. bowl s my favorite bowl for making No Knead Bread!  Plus the bowls and LIDS nest inside each other, so I’m never looking for the lids or the bowls and they don’t take up a ton of room!

DIY Microwave Popcorn Step 2

Step 2:  Place a ceramic or glass plate on top of the bowl.  This lets the air circulate better than the lid while containing the popcorn to help it get hot enough to pop.  If you want buttery popcorn (which is totally optional… lots of times we eat ours plain, or throw in some chocolate!), I use 2 TBSP of Butter to make it Movie Theater buttery.  If you like less butter, 1 TBSP is enough.  You can use salted or unsalted butter, depending on if you like salt on your popcorn.  We usually forgo the salt to make it healthier!  If you are going to add Popcorn Seasoning or Popcorn Salt be sure to use unsalted butter, unless you like a little popcorn with your salt :D.  I’ve never had a problem with the butter making a mess over my microwave, but if it’s something you are worried about, you can melt the butter before you microwave the popcorn, and add when the popcorn is done popping! ;)

DIY Microwave Popcorn Finished

Step 3:  Cook your popcorn.  This can vary a bit, depending on the wattage of your microwave.  My 1000 watt microwave takes between 2:45 and 3 minutes.  In 2.5 quart bowl, the 2:45 is perfect.  When I use the 1.5 quart bowl, it often takes the full 3 minutes.   If your microwave is more powerful that mine, it will take less time, and if it’s not 1000 watts, it will take more.

DIY Microwave Popcorn FIVE 1 cup servings

1/4 Cup of popcorn kernels makes five 1 cup servings of popped popcorn!

DIY: Microwave Popcorn

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 5 Servings

Serving Size: 1 Cup Popped Popcorn

DIY: Microwave Popcorn

DIY Bags of Microwave Popcorn! Easy, healthier, and faster than the boxed brands!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 2 TBSP Butter (optional)
  • Popcorn Seasoning or Popcorn Salt

Instructions

  1. Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in 1.5 to 2.5 quart glass bowl
  2. Cover with glass or ceramic plate
  3. If you want to add butter, place on top of plate, so it will melt.
  4. Microwave 2:45 to 3 minutes
  5. Top with melted butter, seasonings, or leave plain! There are so many delicious varieties!
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Pyrex #1086053 Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set With Colored LidsThis is my favorite set of mixing bowls… plus, they are Pyrex, so you know they are going to last forever!

Comments

  1. I have a presto microwave popper, I had it for years and I love it. I never liked bagged microwaves popcorn. Now I have an alternate way to make popcorn if it ever breaks. Thanks Becky

  2. Michele M. says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Save money on purchasing the big tub of kernals and on top of it no need for oil. On top of that a super healthy snack.

  3. We just use a plain brown lunch bag. Fold over the top and Presto! Eat it out of the bag, and you don’t have to wash a bowl… :D

  4. if you put butter on top of the plate, won’t it splatter everywhere??

    • Yes, I would think it would. Personally I would melt it for 30 seconds separately in a small bowl covered.

  5. Does the butter not fly all over the microwave when you are popping and melting? That would be messy…

  6. Just to let you know if you freeze your popcorn bags and pull them out to put in the glass bowl you wont have any unpopped kernels. This was shared with me and I just haven’t made popcorn of late to test the theory – thought I would share :)

  7. Man people can sure spout off. You responded with such grace. It makes sense that the butter would not spatter. Of course a high wattage microwave will make butter spat like crazy. But microwaves heat high density foods faster. The popcorn is denser than the butter so the butter gets a less “intense” heating. Please be polite when responding so you don’t end up looking like a fool. Edna, did you try it and make a mess before posting?

    • I agree, her comment was SO unnecessary! I’ll be doing this tomorrow, thanks Becky!!

  8. What a great idea!! Have you tried it with plastic bowls?

  9. Omg! I moved and gave away my popper. This is so much better. I go into crazy popcorn addictions every now and then. This is great thanks so much!

  10. just tried this and it cracked my plate right in half :( I set microwave to 3 min and about a min and a half it cracked :(

  11. NoAdditives says:

    if you put 1-2 tbsp of oil in with the popcorn kernels you will get that great flavor but won’t end up with soggy popcorn like you do when you pour melted butter over popped popcorn.

  12. thanks for this wonderful tip! Worked perfectly in my Pyrex bowl and I even didn’t have any problems with my butter making a mess! Now I am enjoying some delicious organic popcorn that is even better than the bagged ones and much healthier!

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