Friday, April 8, 2016

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

As a kid, one of my very favorite snacks was popcorn.  In fact, my mom used to buy these giant packs of microwavable popcorn from the grocery store, and I would make one every day for morning snack time. 

At the time, I thought they were were delicious, but as an adult, I cringe at the thought of all that fake butter, and way it coats your mouth for hours after eating it.  Even at the movie theater, the thought of eating the 'buttery' popcorn that you can buy there makes feel sort of ill.  It is just so full of junk. And chemicals.  And more junk. Did you know that the same toxic chemicals they use to make Teflon (read more about them here) line the inside of popcorn bags? No thank you.

A few years ago, my sister introduced me to the easiest way of making homemade popcorn.  It requires normal household tools (no whirly pops required), very few ingredients, and is made entirely of real foods.  Also, it takes about 3 minutes to make.  Basically it is the perfect healthy snack.  Just make sure you floss after you finish :)  


  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels*
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp butter, melted*
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.


  • 1 brown paper bag
  • a large bowl
  • wire cooling rack (optional)
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.



Measure out your 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels.


Pour them into your paper bag.


Fold the paper bag over a few times.  Try to get it to stay closed, but it probably won't.  About like the picture below is good enough.


Put the bag in the microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  After about 45 seconds, the kernels should begin popping.  As you approach 2 minutes, the popping should slow.  Once the kernels are only popping every 2 seconds, pull the bag out.  Keep it closed for a few seconds, to let any stray kernels pop.


Pour the popcorn into a bowl, and place the wire cooling rack over the bowl.


Tip the bowl upside down, while holding the cooling rack over the top.  Shake the bowl until the unpopped kernels fall out.


Pour butter over the popcorn, and toss with a fork.


Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.


About the Author:

Landen runs Measure and Whisk, a cooking blog with a focus on real food. She is a firm believer that quality is superior to quantity, and prefers small amounts of good food over large quantities of cheap food. Deeply disappointed in cheap bacon, she prefers to buy $6 bacon less frequently. Because of this, she typically cooks vegetarian meals for her family.    

Her blog also features photos of her baby, Fox, and suggestions on how to live an eco-friendly and minimalist life, both in and out of the kitchen. Follow her on Pinterest and Instagram for beautiful food photos and pictures of baby Fox.
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