How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn't know you could do this!)It’s already the 12th of August, which means it’s time for the fun group of 12 bloggers I work with to post a recipe with 12 ingredients or less. Today is all about easy after school snacks! This should make that transition into the school year that much easier.

Today I’m talking popcorn. Did you know that you can pop popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave?! I sure didn’t until this spring. I’ve always used an air-popper to pop popcorn and mine stopped working. We are total popcorn nuts and I was desperate to find a solution to my popper-less state! After multiple batches of burnt popcorn on the stove-top, I did a little internet searching and discovered you could pop popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave; nothing special to it.

I don’t ever cook things in the microwave, and honestly I try to avoid the microwave as often as I can, but this method sure has been a life saver! You don’t need an air-popper, a stove-top popper/pot, or any oil, and you can ditch those little chemical-filled bags of microwaved “popcorn” now too. This method is so easy and you can use a few simple things you have in your house. Popcorn is a great whole grain fiber-filled snack that all kids love. Add some real butter and salt and you just can’t go wrong. SO delicious.

And because you are only using a microwave, this is something that you could show your older kids how to make on their own. Popcorn popping = life skill.

I love popcorn so much I’m even growing five types of popcorn in my garden this year. I’m excited to eat them this winter!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn? How do you typically pop it?

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn't know you could do this!)

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 medium brown paper bag
  • Melted butter and salt or other seasonings to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the popcorn to the paper bag and fold the top over a time or two. Microwave on high until the popping has a one second gap in it, 2-2.5 minutes. Stop the microwave, dump the popped popcorn into a large bowl and season as desired.
Notes
The goal is to pop as many kernels as you can without burning the popcorn. The time that that will take will vary depending on the age and water content of your popcorn, your climate/weather, and your microwave. Don't walk away from the popping or you'll end up with a bag of burnt popcorn. Stand there and listen until, after the popping starts going rapidly, you hear a one second pause in popping. As soon as you hear that little break, stop the microwave.

 

How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn't know you could do this!)

You really can’t beat this snack when it comes to ease and health benefits. And if you are feeling a little adventurous I recommend trying my cheesy chili lime popcorn. Yum!

And here are all the other quick and easy after school snack ideas. Enjoy!
How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn't know you could do this!)

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus from Stephie Cooks
Pizza & Buffalo Wing Bites from BetsyLife
Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Pops from Home Cooking Memories
Pita Nachos from A Little Claireification
Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Muffins from The Rebel Chick
Easy Cinnamon Fruit Cup from Million Moments
Loaded Pizza Pinwheels from A Night Owl Blog
No-Bake Peanut Butter Coconut Bites from Mom Endeavors
Green Smoothie from See Vanessa Craft
No-Bake Almond Protein Bites from Around My Family Table
Banana Roll Ups from Plugged In Family

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26 comments on “How to Pop Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag in the Microwave (I bet you didn’t know you could do this!)

    1. The bag that is perfect is 7 inches wide and 14 inches long. I picked them up at the grocery store. You can use the more normal sized lunch bags, just use less popcorn kernels. I like the bigger bag because I only needed to do two rounds of popping to get a bowl of popped popcorn big enough for us to eat. With the little bag I had to do it 3 or 4 times to get enough. The smaller will work, it’s just less convenient!

  1. That is the easiest way to make popcorn, and no nasty for you oils like in the microwave popcorn bags. I use a lunch size bag, 1/4 cup of kernals, and hit the popcorn setting on the microwave.

  2. I love this… been doing it for YEARS… probably when we lived by you! Have you ever tried the Kettle Corn this way? I love doing it because, although it has to have oil, I can control how much and how sweet (I like just a LITTLE sweet).

      1. Happy to. I figured it out last fall and LOVED it through the winter:

        1/4 c Corn
        2 tbs sugar (I do all white, because I like it without the caramel taste, but you could do brown or a mix)
        3 tbs oil (Ahem… don’t do butter… I discovered the hard way it’s a really bad idea because all you get is burnt popcorn. :P)

        Mix together in a bowl. Put into the brown bag, cook for 2 min (or until done)
        Salt sparingly.
        The bag takes a lot of the oil (but helps spread the sugar around… that’s why you need it, otherwise it burns), so I have to use a new one each time. This makes enough for me and my hubby, but I double it if I’m adding kiddos.

        SO good. Oh… and note: the sugar is VERY hot when it comes out of the bag. Try not to touch it for a min or 2 after pouring it out of the bag.

  3. We grew our own popcorn when we lived in Oregon, it was so delicious! Chewy and crisp, completely different than the 50 lb bag popcorn in our storage. I mean, I love that popcorn too, but home fresh was AMAZING! Our air popper died 2 years ago, we’ve been popping in brown bags in the microwave ever since. I’m excited to try the above kettle corn!

  4. I’ve been doing the method for a year or so (I think I saw it on Good Eats). I can’t believe the chemicals they allow in those bags! My favorite combination is to put stevia, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt on the popcorn. That kettle corn recipe above looks devine. I may have to add that to my list of go to comfort foods!

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