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How to Pop Popcorn

Tessa Arias Popping your own popcorn is surprisingly easy. You don't need a fancy machine or pot, all you need is a saucepan and a stove top. Yes, you do dirty a...
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9 Responses to “How to Pop Popcorn”

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    Bek — November 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    While I prefer stovetop popping and I like your seasoning suggestions, you can do “homemade microwave popcorn” as well. Just put 1/3 cup kernals in a brown paper lunch bag, fold over the top and hit the “popcorn” setting on your microwave. It comes out perfect everytime and you can add melted butter and flavors (or skip the oil altogether) after it comes out, just toss it in the same bag!

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      handleheat — November 6, 2011 at 4:36 am

      Bek – I actually tried that exact method a few days ago and ended up with a lot of unpopped kernels. I'll have to try again and alter the microwave times. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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      Marienkaefer — November 30, 2011 at 5:46 am

      Someone on another site suggested putting an inverted saucer (as in cup and saucer) in the microwave and set the bag on the saucer and it will take care of the the unpopped kernels for some reason. She says it works everytime.

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    Cynthia Soll — November 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

    This post is a sad commentary on our culture. Unfortunately, people actually DO need directions make fresh popcorn at home!

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      handleheat — November 6, 2011 at 4:38 am

      Cynthia – I work at a kitchenware store and you won't believe how many people come in wanting to purchase an electric popcorn popper or special stovetop popper for $20, $30, $50! Some of them don't believe me when I say all you need is a burner and regular ole' saucepan.

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    Jesica — November 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Hmm.. Thank you for the details! 🙂

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    V Withers — November 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I love using coconut oil in place of the butter and add McCormick's spicy curry powder and kosher salt. It's wonderful!

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    @GrnLifestyle — January 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I noticed that you said that microwave popcorn really isn't that good for the people who make it and I am interested in more information on that. I write a green living blog and I'd love to expand on that topic. Do you have a source you could refer me to? If you prefer not to post that online, you can send info to


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