If you've been buying microwave popcorn because of the convenience — or a belief that the bag has special popcorn enhancing powers — you'll want to check out this incredibly inexpensive way to make microwave popcorn at a sixth the cost of commercial bags.
The writers at Squawkfox, a frugality-centred blog, were shocked when they did the maths on how much they were paying for the convenience of pre-bagged popcorn. When they crunched the numbers they realised they were paying over $US3.50 a pound for popcorn versus $US0.50 for a raw pound of popcorn. What do you get for the extra three bucks? A whole lot of fancy packaging and a whole lot of questionable ingredients. From the back of the popcorn box:
Popcorn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Annatto colour. Contains: Fish, Milk
I suppose we should all take comfort that popcorn still comes first in the ranked list before artificial flavours and fish. In light of pre-packed popcorn costing six times more than bulk popcorn kernels, they started experimenting with their own versions of microwave popcorn. All you'll need to follow in their footsteps is a brown paper lunch bag, bulk popcorn and a measuring cup. Dump half a cup of popcorn into a brown paper bag, fold the top a few times to keep the popcorn from popping out and making a mess of your microwave, and toss it in the microwave for a minute and a half. When it's done you can salt and butter to taste — check out their full guide at the link below for some creative popcorn seasoning ideas.
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How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag [Squawkfox via Wise Bread]