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« on: February 05, 2011 08:20:29 PM »



So, we've all heard about BPA's in our water bottles, cans, and baby bottles, and about how they mess with our kids' glandular systems (including their hormones), and how these are sometimes found in cancers, especially breast cancers. Thanks to an article that I read the other day, I found out that our microwave popcorn bags are LINED WITH THE STUFF, and more or less melt down into the popcorn! It's also laden with all kinds of nasty hydrogenated fats, and so on. So....
In order to STOP giving my kids a seriously contaminated batch of movie-night snackage, I figured out how to do micro corn, without the d*mned filthy, contaminating bag. Grab a 1.5- 2 quart Pyrex-type casserole dish with a lid. (It HAS to be microwave safe!) Into this, add:

1 t. oil (I used canola, but any cooking oil should work)
3 Tbsp. raw popcorn

I shook the casserole, sans lid, around to coat the kernels. Then, I set the microwave for 5 minutes, put the lid on, ran the corn in the micro, and watched closely. Ours popped most of the kernels in about 4.5 minutes. I then added sea salt, stirred it up, and had some FANTASTIC oil-popped corn for the boys! I would suggest that you watch closely, to make sure that you don't burn/undercook your corn, depending on your microwave, and to figure out what the right time is for your machine. But it's really good- crisp, tastes like actual popcorn, and is just as convenient as the bagged stuff- without the extra chemicals.  Grin


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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011 09:08:36 PM »

Awesome.  We gave up bagged popcorn years ago but it has always been a loud pain in the behind to make it on the stove, so this will definitely come in handy!
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2011 09:41:52 PM »

you can also use a regular brown paper (lunch) bag (or the ones the mushrooms come in at the grocery store)

just add the kernels into the bag roll up the edge a little bit (enough but not too much) and put in microwave. timing is harder because you cannot see it.  then add delicious flavours after its done. YUM!

another alternative if you do not have a microwaveable bowl with lid.


thanks for your tips too!!  now i want popcorn!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2011 10:29:46 PM »

I have an air popper, and I have to say it's saved us mucho $$ in the long run cause the bags of kernals are so much cheaper...plus I was wanting to cut down on my salts and butters so the air popped corn is much healthier. And less chemicalish too, apparently!

But it's nice to know that there's a microwave alternative for if our popper breaks!
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011 04:26:37 AM »

thanks so much, i had no idea you could make it in the microwave. and as for BPA...yeah. evil nastyness which is being eradicated from my home. began with my daughter's lunch things at the start of september.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2011 11:43:38 AM »

Cool idea!  I used to make mine on the stovetop, but it's pretty tough to get right with an electric stove.  Glad we're moving to a place with gas again.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2011 01:30:28 PM »

We went from using microwave popcorn to using a 'whirley popper' on top of the stove. It has a lever in the handle which you crank to make an arm on the inside of the pot stir up the kernels so they don't get burned while they pop. I absolutely adore it & use mine every week because I have a serious popcorn addiction! It tastes like how I remember my grandma's popcorn on the stove tasted!  Smiley
I may use this method of microwaving when I don't want to wait for it to cook on the stove for the kids.

If anyone is interested, here's the link to buy your own whirley popper: http://www.popcornpopper.com/
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011 06:26:31 PM »

Mom taught us the stove-top technique, I always get sore arm muscles afterward due to lifting and shaking.  Nice exercise, though.  This microwave technique is so simple and easy.  I want popcorn!
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2011 05:52:36 AM »

We went from using microwave popcorn to using a 'whirley popper' on top of the stove. It has a lever in the handle which you crank to make an arm on the inside of the pot stir up the kernels so they don't get burned while they pop. I absolutely adore it & use mine every week because I have a serious popcorn addiction! It tastes like how I remember my grandma's popcorn on the stove tasted!  Smiley
I may use this method of microwaving when I don't want to wait for it to cook on the stove for the kids.

If anyone is interested, here's the link to buy your own whirley popper: http://www.popcornpopper.com/

If I recall correctly, they have them at Target, and possibly Wal-Mart too.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2011 05:30:40 PM »

you can also use a regular brown paper (lunch) bag (or the ones the mushrooms come in at the grocery store)

just add the kernels into the bag roll up the edge a little bit (enough but not too much) and put in microwave. timing is harder because you cannot see it.  then add delicious flavours after its done. YUM!

another alternative if you do not have a microwaveable bowl with lid.


thanks for your tips too!!  now i want popcorn!!

i assume oil doesn't have to be added to use the paper bag technique?

thank you, this microwave thing is something I'll have to try Smiley I've recently learned how to make it on the stove top, which i thoroughly enjoy not only for the health reasons (less worry of strange chemicals, etc) but simply for the freedom to flavor it as I please, with whatever odd spice  or seasoning strikes my fancy Smiley however, microwaving seems way easier than lugging around a huge pot on the stove!
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2011 08:31:18 PM »

How would you do butter flavoured? I love the butter microwave popcorn but using the airpopper we have you have to add the melted butter afterwards & it goes all soggy & gross
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2011 11:53:10 AM »

How would you do butter flavoured? I love the butter microwave popcorn but using the airpopper we have you have to add the melted butter afterwards & it goes all soggy & gross

I believe you can buy butter-flavored popcorn seasoning! I think you just sprinkle it on. I've seen it in a little jars near the popcorn in the grocery store. I've never tried it myself, though, so can't give a recommendation other than the fact it exists Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2011 01:34:10 PM »

We've got some of that but it says to sprinkle on with butter or oil, It's pretty awful tasting too
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2011 01:44:29 PM »

nope no oil! just throw em in there.
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2011 06:58:28 PM »

So many great popcorn tips! I had no idea you could do this in the microwave. Thank you for the instructions.

We got an oil popper for xmas and have been using it nearly every night. It's a healthy snack and always satisfies my salt cravings Smiley. We use Johnny's Popcorn salt with a few dashes of Tabasco sauce. Pure yumminess. 
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2011 08:42:45 PM »

try some soy sauce or balsamic vinegar!
   delicious!
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2011 11:03:44 AM »

How would you do butter flavoured? I love the butter microwave popcorn but using the airpopper we have you have to add the melted butter afterwards & it goes all soggy & gross
I eat my popcorn plain more often than not, but I totally agree about the grossness of soggy popcorn.  This may be weird, but when I eat popcorn, I tend to eat it one kernel/piece at a time.  So, what I did to get buttered popcorn without the soggy was to pop the corn, put it in a bowl, then just put a tablespoon or so of butter on the side of the bowl and sort of dip each piece in the (not melted) butter before I ate it. It worked.  And I used far less butter than I would have if I had melted butter to pour over the popcorn.
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2011 09:12:05 AM »

I'm a huge fan of the brown bag microwave method but this oil method sounds divine.

I loooove popcorn!
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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2011 09:00:00 PM »

What a great idea! I often use an air popper, but I can see where this would be a fantastic alternative at times.

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We love popcorn! But we also gave up the prepackaged microwave stuff. We are lucky enough to live in Iowa (the corn capital of th US) so we can get some organic, fresh from the farm corn kernels. The popcorn popped from them are smaller, but yummy Smiley

Going to see if I can dig up a paper bag. If not, I will be trying out the pyrex option.

So excited!!
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« Reply #20 on: April 12, 2011 04:32:25 AM »

Oh we love brown paper bag in the microwave.  I've tried to make it on the stove a few times but I always burn it.  I always put a little Parmigiano-Reggiano when it comes out of the microwave.  It's so good...=) 
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« Reply #21 on: April 12, 2011 07:30:40 AM »

this is a good idea, I still however like doing it on the stove top. Its not that difficult and then you can melt the butter in the pan right after. It reminds me of being young when we did it. It doesn't take anymore time then microwaveing it really.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2011 05:43:19 PM »

I have that casserole dish! I'm going to have to try this. I like popping my popcorn on the stove, but I'm not so fond of cleaning the oil residue off afterwards.
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We also use an air-popper now (I think it was around $19 at Walmart), and we love it!!!  Everyone can have their own flavors added to their own bowl of popcorn, and none of us are ingesting gross chemicals.  Plus, I believe the air-popper takes even less than 5 min to pop the corn kernels. 
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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2012 10:03:22 AM »

Thanks, I'll need to try this.
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« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2012 06:18:36 PM »

My boyfriend *loves* buttered popcorn (When we go to the movies he specifically requests that they put 1/4 of the popcorn in, add butter, next 1/4, more butter, so on and so forth.) but when we make it at home he usually uses spray-butter stuff.  It kind of mists on, so the popcorn doesn't get mushy, or if it does it's not until he's finished eating it.
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« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2012 07:23:44 PM »

My grandparents have always had an air popper for us grandkids and I never liked microwave stuff (tasted plasticy, big surprise). I don't have to buy a huge air popper or deal with swishing around a large pot on the stove constantly.
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« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2012 05:00:15 PM »

Love this idea!! Trying it later. And my husband said to tell the brown paper bag people that microwaving those releases stuff from the glues used to seal it.... Oh and I'm trying it with a plate as a lid as I don't have a glass lidded bowl... So excited!!
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« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2012 06:00:56 PM »

My mom is the world's biggest popcorn fan that I know. I showed her this and she thought it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: January 30, 2012 06:31:35 PM »

It didn't work for me. Huh Put the oil and popcorn in a large lidded casserole dish, only a small bit popped, and the oil burnt and stuck to the dish. Siigh....
I'll try a different casserole next time, see if that makes a difference.
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