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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stove-top popcorn easy & MUCH cheaper than microwave

   In my effort to bring home less packaging, I stopped buying microwave popcorn awhile back. And besides also saving me money, cooking popcorn on the stove-top vs. microwaving seems to have a health benefit. Just ask Oprah...switching is a good move if you're concerned about inhaling the nearly four dozen chemicals that waft up from each freshly popped bag of microwave popcorn.
   What I didn't know is how little oil is actually needed to make stove-top popcorn: only 1 teaspoon per 1/3 cup of popcorn!! I thank Southern Living magazine for this recipe that is even cheaper and has fewer calories than what I'd been doing. Their recipe's just as easy as listening for the bag in the microwave: Norman's Stove-Top Popcorn. (If in the mood for kettle corn, just add a tablespoon or two of sugar when you add the unpopped kernels.)
   Hate to think of all the money I've wasted on microwave popcorn through the years!

6 comments:

SARINA said...

I never even heard of microwave popcorn, here in the UK. I always made stove top popcorn for my kids when they were small. So much cheaper and much more healthy than shop bought. A large bag of popping corn used to last us for months.

dmarie said...

wow, the microwavable stuff is pervasive here, and I bet lots of folks have never even made the stove-top kind. Agree completely about how much cheaper it is. I always used to cover the skillet with oil though, and now only one teaspoon of oil will save me even more money.

Lea White said...

My kids love the stove top kind so we also stopped buying the microwave ones.

dmarie said...

I'm in good company I see! now I will think of Lea and Sarina when I make popcorn!

Practical Parsimony said...

dmarie, I bought a microwave popper long ago. It is basically a plastic bowl with a well in the bottom and a lid with slits. A bowl with a lid with slits cut with a knife would probably work just fine.

I bought Orville Redenbacher's Air Popper popcorn. I figured the finest would work the best.

I never used any oil. Plus, there is never any butter or salt on my popcorn, my taste prefence. The second and third microwave poppers were bought at yard sales or thrift stores, bought for friends.

Sadly, I never eat popcorn because the kernels make me crazy. Some day, I will do a short blog about popcorn so I can put the picture up where folk can see the microwave popper and find it at a yard sale.

dmarie said...

Sounds good, Parsimony. I eat popcorn despite the hulls and despite the fact that I'm allergic to corn!

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