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