Monday, February 25, 2008

Homemade Popcorn

I knew things were still grim with my diet when I had to search Google for "how to make popcorn". My whole life I've only eaten microwave popcorn. When I eliminated processed foods from my diet, I just stopped eating popcorn. But I started craving popcorn recently. Talk about easy. Just like Bisquick, microwave popcorn seems a little absurd now that I learned how to make it from scratch.

I love to make a batch of popcorn for dessert or an afternoon snack. Mikey loves to munch on it as well. Popcorn is a simple food that is easy to make. I can buy it in bulk so there's one less plastic bag added to the landfill. It's amazing that microwave popcorn is so common. Remember to buy organic corn because 40% of US field corn is genetically engineered.

2 tablespoons oil (canola oil, coconut oil, butter, or any oil really. The chef at Sorensen's Resort told me that I could even cook popcorn without any oil, just heat!)
1/4 cup kernels of organic corn
Salt and/or sugar to taste on top
1 tablespoons butter drizzled on top

Coat the bottom of a big sauce pan with a lid with oil. I use the same amount of oil no matter how many kernels I use. The idea is to coat the bottom of the sauce pan.

Drop two or three kernels into the oil. Heat the oil with the lid off until the kernels pop and then add the rest of the kernels. Put the lid on and shake vigorously from side to side until the popping stops (3 minutes). Burning is the biggest risk when making homemade popcorn. But I can usually keep my concentration for 3 minutes even with a 22 month old running around.

Sprinkle with salt and a little butter. Or, use sugar in place of or in addition to salt like they do in movie theaters in France.


Kate said...

I tried your popcorn recipe. My kids loved it. We don't have a microwave and I ridiculously figured that popcorn wasn't an option for us. Thanks for the great tip!

J said...

Do you use the kernels from fresh corn found in the supermarket or are the kernels dried ones?

Spinach and Honey said...

J- You can find the kernels in bags at the store normally. I buy mine in the bulk bins but I think it's fairly common to see them at grocery stores.

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