Save Dollars And Calories With DIY Microwave Popcorn

Tthis DIY microwave popcorn trick is perfect for lazy nights at home. Prepare a batch now and then to enjoy a healthy, cheap snack.

Instructables user Hoopajoo had a major issue with store-bought microwave popcorn:

Go to the supermarket and look at the boxes of microwave popping corn. $US1.99 to $US3.00 a box and the odds are you won't find one seasoned to your individual taste. You just have to settle for what they offer.

So he did what any true DIYer would: found a way to make it at home. Now he's shared his recipe with us.

What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup of popping corn (Generally $US0.99 for a pound bag. This is enough to make at least 50 bags of microwave corn.)
  • 1 Teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • To taste - popcorn salt (It has finer granules than table salt with the same taste.)

And these tools:

  • A stapler
  • A teaspoon
  • A measuring cup
  • A brown paper bag
  • A microwave

We would suggest skipping the stapler and using this trick, though, because somehow we're wary about sticking staples into our microwaves, even if there are no sparks in the video:

Check out the full instructions for this DIY recipe at Instructables, but before you go, tell us: Have you ever made a DIY version of microwave popcorn before? How'd it taste? (And did the staples spark up?) What other snacks do you prefer to make at home?

Microwave Popcorn: Homemade, cheap, and easy [Instructables]


    Have been doing this for years (though the stovetop method is more fun IMHO), but with an easier-still method: Get a brown paper bag. Put a thin row of popcorn in the bottom of it (start with less your first time, add more next time till you find the sweet spot). Fold the open end of the bag an inch or so down, then keep folding (tightly) until you get to the closed end. Put in the microwave until it slows popping. The bag will slowly unfold, but should not open completely. Pour popcorn into a bowl, and melted butter and salt.

    I've tried this method several times, and with the staple its fine, the small amount of metal isn't enough to cause any issue.
    My popcorn consistantly burnt however, and I've tried it in a variety of different bags, using different amounts of oil to popcorn ratios, different popping lengths and it would still not work. Since i've stuck to either the stovetop method which works great but requires cleaning, or just buy the packs and be done with it.

      Try listening to the pops. when it slows to less than three a second stop the microwave. also, higher wattage is better, but you should stop at four per second for anything over 1000w.

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