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February 28, 2013

By: Stephanie Appleton

I have fond memories of the Sundays of my childhood.   In our small town stores weren’t open on Sundays. Sundays were reserved for family. In those days gas was cheap, and our family often went for Sunday afternoon drives. We would drive back country roads exploring the area. Sundays usually meant large lunches, and no cooking at dinner. Dinner in our house was popcorn and ice cream. We made popcorn with an air popper when I was young, but somewhere along the line microwave popcorn became the norm.

That Sunday dinner tradition has continued, though now, we are more likely to have apple crisp than ice cream. For years we bought microwave popcorn. Microwave popcorn is on my long, and still growing list of things I can’t figure out why we ever bought in to.  Apparently, we’ll sacrifice a lot in the name of convenience.

microwave popcornThe bags claim that this popcorn is gourmet, but really what is so gourmet about a lot of added preservatives and artificial flavors? Popcorn is quite delicious and nutritious by itself.

But you want convenience? Did you know you can make popcorn in the microwave without buying the prepackaged bags?  All you need is popcorn, and a paper bag or glass bowl and a plate.

Do it Yourself Microwave Popcorn Bag

1. Find a small paper bag.
2. Put in 1/3 C popcorn.
3. Fold the bag down a couple time so it will stay shut.
4. Microwave. You’ll have experiment to see how long it takes in your microwave. It took a little over two minutes in ours.
5. Dump it in a bowl. Add melted butter and your favorite seasonings.

Microwave Popcorn with a Bowl and Plate

  1. Choose a microwave safe bowl (glass works best) and a microwave safe plate to make a lid for the bowl.
  2. Put in about 1/4 C of popcorn.
  3. Microwave.  You’ll have experiment to see how long it takes in your microwave. It took a little over two minutes in ours.
  4. Be careful! The plate and bowl will be very hot!
  5. Add your favorite seasonings and melted butter.

Ah you want gourmet flavor do you? I bet we can do better than what is in those “Gourmet Popcorn” bags above. Call me a traditionalist, but I still love popcorn with real melted butter and salt. Here are some other things you can add to popcorn to change up the flavor:

  • steak seasoning
  • parmesean cheese
  • tobasco sauce
  • taco seasoning
  • lemon pepper
  • salt and vinegar

So, now with my popcorn, I have nostalgia, convenience with out the added chemicals, and flavor, and I can also have local! Shagbark Seed & Mill is now stocking their shelves at The Wild Ramp with locally grown heirloom popcorn! Our Sunday night dinner tradition has gotten even better!

shagbark popcorn

Stephanie Appleton is a small farmer in the hills of West Virginia. Find more of her family’s adventures at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2013 3:36 pm

    I made this same discovery a few years ago preparing for a Brownie camp – one activity was to make a bag of popcorn for each girl – it was dead easy, and I realized we could do it at home. I’ve never thought of doing it in a bowl, but will give it a try. I gave away my air popper years ago – it just didn’t seem that hard to do popcorn on the stovetop – only used a little oil, was very quick, and the pot is easy to clean – why have yet another gadget taking up space?

    • stkappleto permalink*
      February 28, 2013 4:46 pm

      You’re right a popper is just one more thing to find a place for in my kitchen. We do have one that was given to us as a Christmas gift a few years ago though. 🙂

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