2 Ways to Make Amazing Homemade Popcorn in your Microwave

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Popcorn is a favourite snack for many people. Who doesn't love going to the movies and getting a big bag of popcorn? Or staying in and watching a good movie with a big bowl of it? While movie popcorn isn't the healthiest version of popcorn, there is, homemade popcorn can be one of the healthy snacks you can enjoy at home. Many people buy microwave popcorn because it's convenient and effortless. All you do is open the package and put it in the microwave for just seconds, and you have yourself some freshly popped popcorn. This prepackaged popcorn can get a bit expensive though, plus they add in other ingredients that make it a bit unhealthy. So it's a good idea to prepare your own healthy snack recipe at home so you know exactly what's in your food. It turns out that there are a few different ways you can make homemade popcorn in your microwave. Jillee from One Good Thing By Jillee shares two different methods for making homemade popcorn in your microwave. It turs out that this is one of the easier healthy snacks you can make too.

First of all, you need to find some good popcorn. Like any food, you want to try and find an organic option so that it's free of GMOs and chemicals. Corn is one of the foods that actually contains the most chemicals in it, so it would be best to find organic popcorn kernels when you can. If you can't find them in your local grocery store, check a health food store or you can also buy them online too. Once you have your popcorn kernels, you'll also need a brown paper bag, butter and salt. You can also substitute the butter for coconut oil for a healthier option and the salt for sea salt or Himalayan salt. To make your popcorn this way just add a 1/2 a cup of popcorn kernels to a paper bag. Then take the top of the bag and fold it down twice. Next, put it in the microwave and cook it for 3 minutes on high. Stop the microwave if the popping slows down too, so you don't burn it, much like regular microwavable popcorn. Then, put the popcorn into a large bowl and pour some butter or coconut oil on top, then sprinkle some salt on too and mix it around to coat the popcorn.

You can also make your homemade popcorn right in a bowl too. So instead of the brown paper bag, put the popcorn kernels into the bottom of a bowl and then put a large plate over top of the bowl and put it all in the microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds. You might have to try a few different plates on top of your bowl to see which one forms the best seal so that the steam doesn't escape. The steam is what pops the kernels, so you need it to remain inside the bowl. Once the popcorn is ready, you can then pour your butter or coconut oil and salt over top and mix well. If you happen to have a few unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bag or bowl, just save them for the next time you make popcorn, so you're not wasting food. If you want a couple of other flavours for your popcorn, try sprinkling some chilli powder over top, or some garlic powder. Also, nutritional yeast is great on popcorn with coconut oil, and some maple syrup mixed into some coconut oil with some salt sprinkled on top makes for a nice kettle corn flavour.***

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