Popcorn is super easy to make from home. You should try it! You may be asking yourself, why would anyone bother making popcorn themselves when buying microwavable popcorn bags is so easy? Well, there are several answers. Popping your own kernels is:
- More delicious
- Fun and oddly satisfying
Is it really that much cheaper? YES! Proof:
Is it really any healthier? That’s up to you. You can add as much oil and salt as you’d like, but chances are you won’t add as much oil/butter/salt as what comes in prepackaged bags. You can season your popcorn however you want, suiting your own tastes, and thus making it more delicious than store bought microwavable brands.
Stovetop Popping Recipes
The instructions on the back of my kernel bag say: Pour 3 tablespoons of cooking oil and 1/3 cup pop corn into a heavy, 3 quart or larger pan with a lid. Cover pan and shake gently over medium high heat, allowing steam to escape from popping kernels. Season to taste.
A cookbook recipe I found says to use 1 & 1/2 tablespoon of high-heat oil like grapeseed or refined coconut and 1/2 cup corn kernels. It also recommends adding only a couple kernels to the pan until they begin popping (then pour in the rest) so you don’t burn the kernels.
Here is what I do (aside from not really worrying about it because IT’S JUST POPCORN):
- Add 1&1/2 – 2 tablespoons coconut oil to a pot, cover, and turn heat to medium high
- Let pan heat for five minutes.
- Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of kernels to pot and immediately cover again.
- Carefully, and keeping the pot low near the burner, shake, tilt, or ‘sauté motion’ the pot every minute or so as you watch the kernals cook. Begin this before the popping begins and all the way through the very last pop.
- Just like in the microwave, when the popping slows and is several seconds apart: turn off the heat, it’s done!
- Season and enjoy! (careful, it’ll be hot)
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I love to eat the popcorn as is, no salt added. My husband loves crazy herb blends. So if as-is or a little salt just isn’t enough for your taste buds, here are some flavors to try (all recipes for 1/2 cup of kernels):
Toss popcorn with 1 tablespoon of olive oil then sprinkle on herb mixture:
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1/8 – 1/4 tsp salt
I haven’t tried this yet. Found it here.
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder or granules
- 1 teaspoon onion powder or granules
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
Caramel Popcorn (or Cracker Jack Popcorn)
- Melt 2 to 3 tablespoons Earth Balance or organic virgin coconut oil in a small saucepan.
- Stir in 3 tablespoons natural granulated sugar and stir until melted.
- Optional: stir 1 cup peanuts into the popcorn.
- Drizzle the mixture from the saucepan over the popcorn and peanuts and toss well.
- Let cool completely before serving.
This and several other seasoning recipes, including maple popcorn and pizza popcorn, can be found here.