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Ditch the Pre-Packaged Microwave Popcorn!

Everywhere you turn you see articles on how bad microwave popcorn is for your family.

These articles have devastated me because there is nothing I love more than family movie night with buttery popcorn!

According to an article on Live Strong 

  • There is a chemical used in the nonstick coating on the inside of the popcorn bags that decomposes, producing a compound called perfluorooctanoic acid. This chemical has been associated with increased risk of certain cancers, including liver and prostate cancer.  And…
  • There’s a lung disease that’s also associated with microwave popcorn. A chemical called diacetyl, used in the flavoring agent added to microwave popcorn, increases rates of an otherwise relatively rare lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans…

I am here to show you a very easy – and much cheaper – way to make popcorn – (without the need to invest in an air popper)…

What You’ll Need:

  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Oil 
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bag
  • 1/2 cup – Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Optional
    • Salt
    • Butter
    • Other seasoning or toppings

What to do! (seriously the ease in this will blow you away!)

Step 1: Scoop 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels

Step 2: Add 1/2 Tablespoon of oil to the measuring cup and stir with a spoon to coat

Step 3: If adding salt – add it now

Step 4: Dump into brown paper bag – yes the oil will begin to be absorbed somewhat- but the last step will be quick

Step 5: Close brown paper bag – I “dog-ear” the corners to prevent popcorn from escaping

Step 6: Lay bag sideways in the microwave (I put a paper towel under it to absorb any leaking oil)

Step 7: Turn microwave on for 5 minutes – It will not take that long- but I like to ensure the mircowave doesn’t stop before my popping does. As with store bought microwave popcorn – stay close and stop the microwave when you stop hearing it pop every few seconds.

Step 8: Remove from microwave and dump in bowl – add butter or other toppings…or eat plain!

BOOM!  What do you think?  Easy?

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