First off, thanks for all your encouraging comments on the last post. Jade seems to be doing better now; she had fewer seizures yesterday and the swelling on her face is more like a marble than a golf ball. There’s still quite a bit to update on, but I’m going to take a break from that and instead tell you about a wonderful little snack I just discovered.
Microwave popcorn might not be new to you. We used to buy it and have it when watching movies, but stopped that habit for some reason. Then the news came out about nasty chemicals in commercial microwave popcorn and I was really turned off. Even though I do love popcorn!
Months ago, I read somewhere that you can pop regular kernels using a simple brown paper bag. I tucked that bit of information away in my brain somewhere, but just thought to take it out again a couple of nights ago. I couldn’t remember the instructions and Michael’s computer wasn’t available, so I decided to just wing it.
I threw about a quarter cup of kernels into a brown paper bag, dropped in a tablespoon of salted butter, and hit the “popcorn” button on the microwave. Well, whaddya know, it worked! The butter did soak through the paper bag and got the turntable a bit greasy, but gosh-darnit, the popcorn was good!
A quick Google search (after the fact!) tells me that you don’t even need to add any butter or oil, since it’s the kernels’ internal moisture that causes the pop (Right! I knew that!), which would give you healthy, low-fat “air-popped” popcorn. I loves me some butter, though, and a little dash of salt, too. I’ve brought some to work as a snack for the last couple of days. Mmmmm… now I look forward to snack time even more. And that’s saying quite a bit for a pregnant chick.
Brown Paper Bag Popcorn
- 1 brown paper bag
- 1/4 cup regular popping corn
- 1 tbsp butter (optional)
- salt or other flavourings (optional)
Pour popcorn kernels into the brown paper bag. Throw the butter in on top, if using.
Fold the paper bag closed, making two or three folds to secure. You can also put in a single staple; apparently, there isn’t enough metal in one to cause any arcing or fires. Put the bag in the microwave (with a paper towel underneath, if you’re using butter). Note: I put my bag in on its side, but some Internet sources says standing it up is better.
Hit the popcorn button on the microwave. Stand aside and watch as the butter seeps into the bag and gets spattered everywhere inside — you might even be able to see some of the kernels bouncing around in the semi-translucent bag! Stop the microwave when there are 1 to 2 seconds between pops. You might want to use oven mitts to take the bag out. Open it carefully, the steam is hot!
Season as desired and enjoy.