How to Make Popcorn

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Popcorn is delicious, especially when paired with a couch and your favorite movie. Some people love the convenience of the microwave versions, and others swear by the stovetop method. (Note: Kernels can also come from bags of bulk popcorn but the taste will be better from cans of kernel.) Here are three ways to make popcorn at home, depending on your preferences.

Quick and Cheap DIY Paper Method

  1. Buy some brown paper bags (lunch bags), but make sure the package is labeled as being microwave-safe. Bags not meant for use in the microwave can catch on fire.
  2. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup kernels to the bag.
  3. Fold the bag over twice. Do not use staples.
  4. Place the bag on its side in your microwave.
  5. Cook on high for several minutes. This time varies, depending on your microwave. Do not leave the bag unattended. Stop the microwave when the pops are about 2 seconds apart, and remove the bag from the oven.
  6. Pour the popcorn into a bowl and top it with butter and/or seasonings.

Store-Bought Microwave Popcorn Method

  1. Buy your favorite popcorn.
  2. Follow the instructions on the bag, which typically recommend the following:
    • Massage the bag with your fingertips to break up the mixture before placing it in a microwave.
    • Set the microwave for a few seconds longer than recommended, listen carefully, and stop the microwave when the pops are about 2 seconds apart.
    • Remove the popcorn from the bag immediately for flavor. Open the bag away from you (the steam is hot), then serve and enjoy!

Old-Fashioned Stovetop Method

  1. Use a pan with a lid, preferably a lid with holes to allow steam to escape during popping. This keeps the popcorn from becoming chewy.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan (suggested on your package of kernels).
  3. Turn the heat to medium and add two kernels to the pan. When those kernels pop, the oil is hot enough to add the rest.
  4. Add the amount of kernels suggested on the bag to the pan and cover them. If the lid does not have holes, keep it slightly ajar.
  5. Gently shake the pan to keep the kernels from burning.
  6. Keep shaking while the kernels pop. Once the popping slows to a stop, turn off the heat.
  7. Wait a second for any final pops, and then remove the lid away from you to avoid steam.
  8. Immediately pour the popcorn into a bowl, add your seasoning of choice, and enjoy!

Tips

  • Be careful when using hot butter as it may spatter and burn you or sting your clothing.
  • Do not heat a container. It may explode.
  • Never leave your popcorn unattended while popping.
  • Stick with the method that works best for you unless you're feeling brave, or have someone around to teach you another method.
  • If you're making popcorn for a girl's sleepover, try dying the popcorn with pink coloring and drizzle sauce over the top for a creative treat.
  • Do not put bags in the microwave that are not labeled for microwave use.
  • Popcorn can be a fire hazard, so be careful.
  • Do not overcook popcorn; it will burn (unless you like burnt popcorn).
  • Don't use oil as an alternative to butter if it will be heated. When popcorn is heated, the oil gets hot enough for the bond in the acid to reverse, turning the oil to trans fat.
  • Popcorn will absorb toppings better while it's still warm.
  • Make sure to always watch the popcorn in the pot because the bottom of the pot can sometimes burn.
  • Keeping the heat too low will slow cooking time and can result in low yield. It can often lead to scorching, which can release an unpleasant "burnt" smell.
  • Experiment with alternative flavorings:
    • Add 1 tsp pepper and 1 tsp oregano to the butter
    • Squeeze some lemon on top of the salt
    • Add 1 tsp curry add to butter
    • Use minimal oil instead of butter (heating vegetable oil in a microwave is dangerous)
    • Experiment! Often, trying spices can result in popcorn that is much to your liking.
    • Add a little grated cheese (such as Parmesan or other dry, aged varieties) for a different taste.
  • Popcorn is one of the foods with an endless amount of potential for creativity. Don't just stop with butter and salt, really make it your own recipe!
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