Why paper bag popcorn? Well, the microwave is the perfect tool for popping corn, of course, but I don’t like using store-bought microwave popcorn because it’s unhealthy. As it turns out, using a simple brown paper bag works very well to pop corn. It popped my kernels into fat, airy popcorn and very few kernels were left unpopped. It’s easy and fun, and you get to control what goes into your popcorn.
- 3 tablespoons corn kernels (use organic to avoid GMOs)
- Your favorite toppings. I used:
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Place the corn kernels in the paper bag. Fold the top and seal with a piece of tape, like this:
- Place the bag in the microwave, resting on one side (not standing). Microwave 1 minute and 30 seconds on high.
- Turn to the other side and microwave about 1 more minute on high (up to 1 minute 30 seconds), until popping has slowed to 5 seconds between pops.
If you have a "popcorn" setting on your microwave, simply pay attention to how much time it says it would take (on mine it's 2:45 minutes) and turn the bag to the other side after about half that time has passed.
- Carefully open the bag - steam will escape. Pour into a large bowl. Add your toppings and enjoy!