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!)
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 medium brown paper bag
- Melted butter and salt or other seasonings to taste
- 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.
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.
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!
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