Stove Top Popcorn
My mom found a way to make popcorn in the microwave, sans store-bought microwave popcorn. It involves microwaving a paper bag.
Microwaving anything not glass in the microwave (paper, plastic wrap, etc) gives me the creeps. I don’t know why, but I can not wrap my mind around the magic that is the microwave.
If you think I am crazy, check out her recipe. If you think there may be some legitimacy to my madness, read on.
I have been avoiding popcorn in general because I cannot bring myself to purchase a uni-purpose machine (air popper) and I also dislike the over-priced, over-packaged stuff.
I recently discovered how to pop corn on my stovetop and it was so simple! Just:
- Put 1/4 C kernels in a heavy kettle with lid
- Add 1 TBSP oil
- Add 1/2 tsp salt
- Cover, and turn on medium heat
The corn will pop just like that! You may want to shake the kettle occasionally for even heating. I find that this method pops the most kernels and it also leaves those delectable half-popped kernels- my favorite.
Stove top popcorn is awesome for several reasons. First, it accommodates my general microwave mistrust. Second, it supplies me a low-packaging, locally grown snack food. And with some nutritional yeast sprinkled in I still get yellow dust on my fingers that any guilty snack food should supply.