Did you hear about this guy who was just awarded 7.2 million dollars in a lawsuit against a microwave popcorn company and the store that sold it to him? He developed serious respiratory problems known as “popcorn lung” from inhaling the artificial butter smell of the microwave popcorn. This artificial butter smell and flavor comes from adding diacetyl to the popcorn.
So, here’s my question…
Why not just get the butter flavoring from…butter?
I promise, popping your own popcorn and adding real butter won’t even take any extra time after I share this super awesome trick!
Did you know that you can make your own microwave popcorn? No oil, no extra bulky kitchen appliances, and definitely no diacetyl!
All you need is a brown paper lunch sack, popcorn kernels, and a microwave! Amazing right?! I’m tell you, it couldn’t be easier…
STEP ONE: Put 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in the brown paper lunch sack.
STEP TWO: Fold down the top of the sack a few times. Do not staple or even tape the bag. I promise, folding it over is all you need to do.
STEP THREE: Put the bag in the microwave. I just stand mine up, but most of the time it ends up falling over, so I’m sure it would be fine if you are short on space and just set it on it’s side.
STEP FOUR: Start the microwave on high and listen carefully. Mine usually takes around 2-3 minutes, but every microwave is different. Just listen and stop it when there is 2 or 3 seconds between each pop. Don’t let it go too long, or it will burn.
STEP FIVE: Enjoy! You can add a little melted butter and salt or even a little spice. Over the next few weeks I’ll also share some of our favorite toppings. The natural, real-food possibilities are endless!
Nutrition Info: This recipe makes about 4 cups of popped popcorn which has only 125 calories and 4.7 grams of fiber! Adding 1 Tbsp of butter adds about 100 calories.
P.S. You can even use the same paper sack more than once! I’ve used the same bag probably 5 times now with no problems.