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How to Pop Corn

Anybody else remember Jiffy Pop Popcorn and the excitement that came with watching that foil tin nearly burst at the seams as the popcorn popped and popped and popped on the stovetop? Jiffy Pop was all but replaced by microwave popcorn and what could be easier than that? Toss the small envelope in, press start and wait for all those additives, preservatives and faux butter to pop.

You can make your own microwave popcorn quickly and easily without all the extras. All you need is corn, a little oil and a brown paper sack. Here’s how.

Microwave Popcorn

1/3 cup unpopped popcorn

½ teaspoon olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pour popcorn into a brown paper lunch sack. (The kernels should cover the bottom of the bag in one layer.)

Drizzle oil over the kernels, then sprinkle with the salt. Fold the top of the bag over twice and place upright in microwave.

Cook at 100% power for two minutes. (Microwave power levels may vary. Cook until pops are about 5 seconds apart.)

Makes about 7 ½ cups of popcorn.

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