Brown Paper Bag Popcorn

I’ve tried to make popcorn at home the traditional way, in a pot on the stove. It tasted fine, but it required too much cleaning and preparation for a fast snack compared to a prepackaged popcorn bag.

Unfortunately, the bags sold at the grocery store are pretty expensive if you take into account that they only contain a few popcorn kernels, not to mention the salt and/or the artificial flavours they add for the taste. Also, it produces a lot of waste : you have to throw away the greasy bag, the plastic wrapper and the box. That’s a lot for three or four bags of popcorn!


The best option I’ve found is to make my own popcorn bags. The only things needed are a brown paper bag (I use lunch-style bags) and 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels. Put the kernels at the bottom of the bag and fold it a few times. Cook for about 2 or 3 minutes in the microwave like you would for a store-brought bag, stopping when the pops are more than a few seconds apart. You don’t need to add grease or oil : it works fine without anything. The only time I ever used oil, it was all absorbed by the bag, with none left for the popcorn.

When it’s done, you can add your seasonings of choice. I usually just eat it plain, or with some nutritional yeast. Any other good ideas? I’ve got a lot of pop-corn grains left…

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5 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    This idea is great! I always thought that microwave popcorn required special bags, therefore you could not mimic this idea on your own. Your method is very ecological, too. As for seasonings, I love the classic salt and butter 😉 Why not try “furikake” – a Japanese rice seasoning; it can be bought in jars or envelopes from a Japanese or Korean food grocer. I will bring some when I see you next!

  2. theUngourmet says:

    This is so cool! Can’t wait to try it out! :)

  3. Cindy says:

    I actually had my doubts too when I tried the first time, it seemed too easy. And Janet, that seasonning sounds interresting, I’m looking forward to trying it.

  4. Diana says:

    I bought a microwave popper – I don’t have to worry about what’s been in the bag then. I like your idea though. I like grated parmesan, but you need to put it on as soon as it’s done popping.

  5. Cindy says:

    Hmm parmesan, that would be great too. I bought a pile of those bags a while ago, so they’re all new and fresh.

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