low-waste snack: popcorn

Popcorn is one of our go-tos salty snacks. It’s cheap, easy, and crowd-pleasing. I usually make it in the microwave, but recently decided to re-learn how to do it on the stovetop. The stovetop definitely produces better results, but it takes more time and attention. I need to write down the stovetop method here, so I don’t forget it. But a few friends mentioned to me that they’ve never done it in the microwave, so I’ll share that too. Get poppin’ folks!

Homemade Microwave Popcorn
one / Add 1/4c (approximately) kernels to a paper bag. I save used ones from a bakery or wherever for this purpose!

two / Fold or roll down the top of the bag to close it, but leave plenty of room inside the bag for the expanding kernels.

three / Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes, until there are several seconds between pops.

four / Season and enjoy!

Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
one / Heat 3T olive or coconut oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium high heat.

two / Once the oil is hot, add a few kernels to the oil. When those kernels pop, it’s go time.

three / Add 1/3c kernels to the pan, cover, and remove from heat. Shake it as you count to 30 (approximately 30 seconds).

four / Return pan to heat, crack the cover just a smidge, and wait for the popping to start. Shake the pan occasionally to keep things moving around.

five / Once there are a few seconds between pops, it’s done. Season and enjoy!