Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Microwave Popcorn

Paper bag approximately 14 x 26 cm

Commercial microwave popcorn bags expose users to potential chemical risks which you can read about by following the link to this Wikipedia article. I learned that popcorn can be microwaved easily in regular paper bags and have experimented with the methods described on several websites. Microwave ovens heat unevenly and results can vary even if the same method is used each time. Different sized bags and variations in microwave oven outputs will also affect the recipe. This is how it works in our oven.

Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a lunch sized paper bag. Fold the top down narrowly twice (about 2 cm folds). If the bag is too small the popping corn will tear it open.

Place bag upright in microwave oven and set on high for 2 minutes 10 seconds (1000 watt oven). Watch the bag closely. Occasionally the popcorn is done in less than 2 minutes so remove early it if the popping slows down a lot or stops.

Remove the popped corn. Sometimes there are quite a few unpopped kernels in the bag and you can put the bag back in the oven for 15 to 30 seconds watching it carefully.

Makes 6 cups popcorn. Pour melted butter over the popcorn or just add salt if desired.

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