I just love when people give me really great frugal tips. My most recent one comes from my sister-in-law. I believe a woman she works with gave her this idea, and she passed it on to me; make your own microwave popcorn!
The packaged stuff is expensive, full of garbage, and usually tastes like chemicals. Don’t read the ingredient list, DON’T, just throw that stuff in the trash! The hubby and I have gone through a couple of air poppers, still haven’t found one we like, and by like I mean one that actually works. So for the past few months we have being kicking it old school, and using a large pot on the stove. The end result is delicious toasty popcorn, but man does it take forever to get there. So we hardly ever make the stuff, and I miss having popcorn on a regular basis, so this tip is the perfect solution.
Take a regular brown paper bag. Yup, the ones you might have used to take a packed lunch to school or work. Fill it with 1/4 cup popping kernels. Feel free to add a bit of oil at this stage, but it is easier to just add melted butter, salt and even some seasoning after, if you wish. Fold the top down about 1 inch at a time 4 or 5 times. Stand the bag up in the microwave, and cook for 2 minutes. Every microwave is different, so stand by and listen to it, it might only need 1 1/2 minutes, once the popping slows, it’s done. Open carefully, as it will be hot and steamy in there. The results are amazing, perfectly popped, hardly any kernels left.
This completely blew my mind. She demonstrated it right in front of me too. It made total sense, the why and how it would work, I just couldn’t believe I had never thought of it before. Buying a big bag of popping kernels only costs a few dollars, and the papers bags are about 1 cent each. Very frugal. Very tasty!