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What’s a girl to do when she has a craving for a snack but she is trying to be “green”? She can do this!
I don’t get the munchies very often so even before we went green we didn’t really keep chips or anything in the house. What we did almost always have was microwave popcorn. Now that we are trying to reduce the number of packaged foods we get we aren’t allowing ourselves to buy microwave popcorn but we still wanted to have some sort of snack option.
Thankfully, Alton Brown came to the rescue as he so often does and he showed us how to make popcorn on the stovetop. Now I’m sure this isn’t a miraculous discovery for many people but for us it kind of was. We’ve both seen the Jiffy commercials for the stovetop popcorn that comes in a tin container and then you dispose of it when you are done but we never thought that we could do that without the disposable container. I guess it just shows once again how far we have come in our dependence on convenience foods.
The instructions are fairly simple. You will need:
3 tablespoons peanut oil (we don’t have any so we use olive oil or sunflower oil and it always tastes great)
3 ounces popcorn kernels, approximately 1/2 cup (we bought ours from the bulk bins)
1/2 teaspoon popcorn salt (we don’t have this and honestly I’m not sure where I would get it. We use unprocessed salt from the bulk bins or garlic salt that we’ve had in our cupboards for awhile)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (we make our own)
Place the oil, popcorn and salt in a large, 6-quart, metal mixing bowl. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil and poke 10 slits in the top with a knife (We reuse the same piece over and over again).
Place the bowl over medium heat and shake constantly using a pair of tongs to hold the bowl. Continue shaking until the popcorn finishes popping, approximately 3 minutes.
Remove the bowl from the heat and carefully remove the foil. Stir in any salt that is on the side of the bowl.
Melt the butter in the microwave. Slowly drizzle over the popcorn, while spinning the bowl. Serve immediately.
The popcorn is addictively good but be careful the bowl is VERY HOT!
Since the popcorn isn’t local nor is the salt it’s still not the best snack but it’s as good as we can get in Colorado for a simple easy snack.