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March 13, 2008

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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.

Popcorn Before, originally uploaded by kagedfish.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2008 3:23 pm

    This seems to be viral. I read about making popcorn on the stove top on ethicurean, on the slow cook and a few other places. I was never a big fan of microwave popcorn, but I do like the stove top version. I use canola oil instead of peanut oil. It is a very good snack.

  2. March 15, 2008 2:13 am

    This is how we always made popcorn when i was growing up (pre-microwave… wow… what am I? a freakin’ dinosaur??!) Anyhow, we always just use peanut or coconut oil, popcorn and (here’s the secret ingredient… FLAVACOL). It’s probably 100% carcinogenic baby seal eyeball salt, but it ROCKS! Makes it taste like movie popcorn. But I don’t understand the whole aluminum foil thing. We just use a regular cooking pot with top.

  3. ashley permalink
    March 19, 2008 5:09 am

    We bought one of those Whirley Pop things that is a pot with a crank in the handle and
    it stirs the popcorn while you pop it. It works pretty well…its not a necessity, but you
    don’t have to shake and yet you don’t get any burned kernels.

  4. April 13, 2008 7:31 pm

    You are making popcorn the hard way when you use a metal bow, besides it could be dangerouse.

    Just use a pot with a lid, and shake and slide it over the stove element (on high). Peak in the pot occasionally to let out the steam, else the popcorn will end up tough.

    Anyone tried that coloured popcorn?

  5. Lisa permalink
    April 17, 2009 1:57 pm

    I stick with Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn and DARK chocolate!

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