Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easy Homemade Popcorn

A lot of people seem to think making popcorn on the stove is hard. I have noticed a lot of pins on Pinterest for how to make homemade microwavable popcorn in a paper bag. However, it's just as easy to make it on the stove and there is less waste, and IMO it's better. This is one of the more simple snacks you can make for your families! And with doing it on the stove it's healthier and you can control how much salt and butter  you use. It's also cheap, even the organic popcorn.

All you need is some popcorn (organic is best), oil, salt and a heavy pan (no teflon pan!). Simply put 3 tablespoons of oil in the pan on medium high heat. I recommend organic coconut oil for the oil, I have also used leftover bacon fat which is pretty darn good.

To know when the oil is ready put three popcorn kernels in the pan (with the lid on!), when all three have popped the oil is ready. Add 1/3 cup of kernels to the pan, cover and gently shake the pan very often. Also crack the lid open a bit every once in awhile to let the steam get out of the pan.

Once the kernels stop popping remove the pan from the heat. Put the popcorn in a bowl and use the same pan to melt some butter, do this to taste. Then simply salt the popcorn to taste and pour the butter over and mix it.

It's fun to try different seasonings on the popcorn, I like a little garlic on mine sometimes. A little sugar sprinkled on top is fun sometimes as well.

Have a homemade snack you want to share? At the end of the month we will have a linky you can use to share your own post so get it ready.

Photo credits: veggiefrog

2 comments:

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

We make organic popcorn in the air popper ALL the time. It is about the cheapest organic snack around. I buy the organic popcorn in the bulk section at WF with a reusable bag. The air popper has major appeal for my little kids, but I've been wanting to try stove top b/c I bet it would be tastier -- more like kettle corn. Hopefully the sound of the stovetop popping would be almost as appealing, or maybe I could use my pot with a glass lid. Thanks for the detailed instructions. Sounds easy enough! One downside to the air popper -- it's a bit chunk of plastic. If I didn't already own it, I probably wouldn't buy one. I bought it many years ago to wean my husband off microwave popcorn -- so at least it was a step in the right direction.

Lisa Sharp said...

I use a stainless steel pot with a glass lid. I looked at air poppers but like you said it's a lot of plastic. The stove ended up being so easy I'm glad I didn't buy one.

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