The first time I tried stovetop popcorn I was surprised by its fresh flavor. I grew up with preprepared microwave popcorn, and while I still enjoy it on occasion, I have discovered that fresh popcorn is more affordable and healthier. I tried cooking popcorn on the stove but found it easy to burn the bottom of the pot.
We discovered brown bag popcorn this summer. It has a wonderful fresh flavor without the additives of pre-prepared popcorn. Over several cooking sessions I tweaked how many kernels to add, and I think we found the perfect amount!
Brown Bag Microwave Popcorn
1 brown lunch-size bag
1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
Melted butter or oil, garlic, and salt to taste
Add 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to open brown paper bag. Fold bag over at least twice. Stand upright in microwave and cook for approximately 1min30seconds (for a 1000 watt microwave). Add butter, garlic, and salt to taste.
A few notes // I tried 1/2 cup of kernels first, but the bag tended to break from the pressure. Some recipes add oil to the brown paper bag, but I have found this breaks down the strength of the bag. Just add butter/oil to taste after the popcorn pops!
Have you ever tried brown bag popcorn? Our kids are out of school today due to a bit of snow + ice, and it made for a great afternoon snack!