Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Best Popcorn EVER... Cheap, Easy

I usually blog about heavier issues, but I really wanted to share with you all a light-hearted entry with a frugal recipe. A few months ago my dear doctor, the best doctor in the world, told me I needed to cut back on salt due to some blood pressure issues I have. Problem is, I love salty crunchy snacks. Love 'em! When I looked on the nutritional breakdown of the average bag of microwave popcorn, I realized that 390mg of sodium per serving (which is about 1/3 of a bag) was too much for me to take in. So I dug around online and realized that I could make my own microwave popcorn for a fraction of the sodium and price of the pre-packaged popcorn.

1/3 cup popping corn
1 brown paper lunch bag

Put 1/3c popcorn into lunch bag. Fold over the end of the bag twice (with very narrow folds). Hit "Popcorn" button on the microwave (or heat at full power approximately 2 - 3 minutes). When popcorn is done, dump into a large bowl and drizzle with butter or any other kind of topping you wish.

Now I have a very low sodium tasty cheap treat. What could be better?

I have taught my kids how to make it, and now my teen daughter is famous among her friends for making the best popcorn in the world.


  1. Anonymous3:31 PM

    THis looks yummy... off to find a Kettle Korn version...... my favorite snacking food.


  2. Sometimes the simplest of ideas just eludes me. Thanks for the tip!

    ~Kim in TX

  3. Okay, when I first saw this I was like "yeah right, like that'll work..." (sorry, I really wanted to believe you!). But, it DID work... Amazing. Since my family got our first microwave in the 70's there has been a fear of making one's own popcorn. The popcorn companies all had us believing that we had to buy their special micro corn or some bad thing might happen. I feel I have been deceived by some international popcorn conspiracy! You thought Orville Redenbacher was all nice with his midwestern charm... but now we know he must have been the evil master mind behind this plot to deceiving innocent Americans into thinking they couldn't put their own corn in the wave...

    LOL! Thanks for the tip!