17 Oct 2011 Brown Bag Popcorn

I have been meaning to post this for ages.  It’s so simple.  It’s so easy. It’s so GREAT.  Listen, there is no need to buy any more packages of oily microwave popcorn!  REALLY!  Save money. Save calories. Reduce waste. Skip the preservatives.

Those big time popcorn companies really pulled one over on us.  You don’t need thier fancy box,  their fancy bag, their celephane overlay, their oil (or any oil at all), to pop popcorn in the microwave.  You just need one plain brown lunch bag (approx 10.5 inches x 5.5 inches), 1/3 cup of popcorn, and 1 microwave, and 2 minutes on the timer.  DONE! It’s like….a miracle!

Why did I post this recipe now?  Because a Pumpkin Spice Coffee (my previous post) a fresh bowl of popcorn, and reality TV  is just about the perfect way to enjoy a bit of fall R&R. Project Runway hails on Thursday.  Brew the decaf.  Pop the corn.  Slippers.  Snuggle quilt. It’s gonna be a good, good night!

Brown Bag Popcorn

1/3 cup popcorn kernels (no more, no less)

1 brown lunch bag

1 tablespoon melted butter, if desired

pinch of salt (to taste), if desired

Pour the measured 1/3 cup popcorn kernels into the brown bag.  Fold the top of the brown bag down at least twice, just so the bag fits into the microwave and is able to turn.  Set the timer for 2 minutes.  POPCORN!  IF desired, drizzle the freshly popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon butter and a pinch of salt.  Shake in the bag to combine.  Then pour into a bowl and enjoy.  Serves one or two.

Just a few notes…there will be some unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bag.  Look for them, and then don’t pour them into the serving bowl!  Measure the popcorn!  If you get too much popcorn in the bag the bag could burst.  If you put in too little, the popcorn could start to burn.  Gray popcorn does not taste good.

My grandson likes popcorn for breakfast. I think it's a lot better for him than highly processed, often highly sugared, always full of preservatives boxed cereal.

It’s so SIMPLE!  Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today.  I hope there are many bowls of freshly popped popcorn in your future.



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7 Responses
  1. Mara says:

    As easy as it sounds!

  2. Sue Martin says:

    Yummy! Your friend and mine, Dana Carlson, taught me to do this. But, she uses olive oil instead of butter. Adds a whole new flavor dimension and is healthier too. Thanks for your posts.

  3. Leslie says:

    I have not done this for awhile! Williams Sonoma has some great popcorn…. but it is $- not sure if it is any better than the grocery store- thanks Polly- I’ll get back to it!

  4. Dolly says:

    How simple is that, and saves $$’s. Thank you Polly. I’m glad I met you on the Alaska cruise,
    especially to find out about your great recipe site. My kind of cooking.

    • Polly says:

      I make popcorn almost everyday, it’s a staple in my grandson’s diet . One of these days he’ll enjoy eating…

  5. Margaret says:

    What size bag?

    • Polly says:

      Hi Margaret, a regular lunch sized brown bag; just like the ones you used to take to school! Most lunch bags are 10 or 11 inches long and about 5 1/2 inches wide. I’ve updated the recipe to include this information. Thanks! Enjoy your popcorn.

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