Popcorn was my dietary staple for much of college. If only I’d known this little trick: Do-it-yourself microwave popcorn. The DIY version has none of the artificial flavors, colors or chemicals present in store-bought varieties. It’s also cheaper and produces less environmental waste.
Here’s how it works: Into a standard brown paper lunch bag put ¼ cup popcorn kernels. Add 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice and fasten with two staples (no, it won’t spark in the microwave, I promise). Lay the bag on its “back” in the microwave and run it for about two and a half minutes until the popping of the kernals slows to just every few seconds. Dump into a bowl and eat as is, or fancy it up with melted butter, salt and other seasonings.
Your kids will think you’re a genius.
- Photo by Amy Atlas