Popcorn is such a fantastic snack. It’s great as it can be flavored in so many different ways to suit all different tastes. Plus, it can be as innocent or healthy as you need it to be if you are on a healthy eating kick. Or, it can be as devilish as you need it to be for a night in on the sofa watching your favorite movie. When slathered in butter, sugar or salt, popcorn becomes an incredibly moreish food that is difficult to say no to.
There are many ways to make popcorn too to suit all levels of dexterity in the kitchen. Popcorn lovers will probably want to look into buying one of the best popcorn makers on the market, but it is also possible to make popcorn in a pan or in the microwave using a paper bag.
In fact, one of the quickest, cleanest and easiest ways to make popcorn is using your microwave along with a paper bag. We look at exactly how to do so in this article.
How to Pop Popcorn: The Microwave Paper Bag Method
First of all, measure out the popcorn you want to pop. For this, you’ll need a pack of popcorn kernels. It can be difficult to ascertain how much popcorn will be made from kernels when they are unpopped. However, a ¼ cup of popcorn kernels will provide about a lunchbox size amount of popcorn when popped. When using this paper bag and microwave method, it’s important to measure out the kernels so that you use a bag that will fit the final product.
Put your measure of kernels into your paper bag. To ensure that they don’t spill out over and into your microwave, remember to fold down the top of your bag. It doesn’t and shouldn’t be folded down too tight.
Start to microwave your popcorn kernels. Due to the slight variations that there are between every microwave on the market, the time needed to pop all the kernels will vary from machine to machine. However, if you set your microwave to 1000 watts, it should take just over two minutes. The popcorn will be just about ready when the sounds of popping have slowed down to about 3 seconds between each pop.
Now you can take out your popcorn from the microwave. Pour it into your serving dish and add any flavorings that you want to make it taste delicious. To help the flavors “attach” to your popcorn it helps to add melted butter or some form of oil as otherwise seasonings such as sugar and salt just fall off and sink to the bottom of the popcorn bowl. However, if you want to keep your popcorn as low calorie as possible, it is best to avoid adding any oil or butter as it is simply just fat.
In terms of flavorings, don’t forget that popcorn suits other seasonings too, other than just salt and sugar. These seasonings aren’t great for one’s health either so if you are trying to be saintly, look at other alternatives. Cinnamon is a great one as it tastes sweet but actually is close to no calories and it has a few health benefits as well.
Popcorn can take a variety of other flavors as it is quite plain on its own so the world is really your oyster when it comes to adding tastes that excite your taste buds. Chilli and wasabi can be excellent for those that like a bit of heat to their food, while those that like salty and umami flavors will like adding a splash of soy or tamari sauce. If adding one of the two latter salty and umami flavors, only a little is needed as otherwise your popcorn could go soggy. Also, if you add spicy flavors to your popcorn, remember a little goes a long way. To get to your ideal heat, try adding a little at a time as you could end up with a bowl that is too fiery for anyone to eat.
And that’s it! Making popcorn could not be easier. Making a lovely fresh bowl of it takes just four easy steps and it can be ready in less than five minutes flat.