Before we talk about this, let’s do this:
Let’s set up some ground rules.
Namely, one ground rule.
Let’s be civil.
I know some people out there think the microwave is the devil incarnate, or the devil in-kitchenappliance-ate.
I respect you.
I’ve got no beef with you if you choose to live your life sans microwave.
I applaud you for your ability to ditch the tempting convenience of it. I admire your willpower and follow through.
I also know there are those out there who are totes okay with their microwave. You use it occasionally for some things or often for many things.
There are bigger fish to fry, er, zap/nuke.
We can all love each other regardless of our differing microwave oven opinions.
If you are a microwave user, then stick around and check this out.
If you’re not, come back for the next post (or check out some former ones), and we’ll talk about things not heated in a freaky space-age box.
Are we ready?
Let’s do it.
Popcorn → ♥.
I heart me some popcorn.
I don’t so much heart me messes, or digging out the air popper, or the noise of said air popper at 10pm, or giant hand-wash only popcorn bowls, or the questionable health value/detriment of commercial brand microwave popcorn and their unnecessary ingredients (Again – peace not war. We need not fight, friends).
If I’m going to go the route of microwave popcorn, I’m going to go as clean and convenient as possible.
DIY microwave popcorn was floating around the web a while back. Maybe it still is?
I tried it then – with oil, and failed. It burned and seemed to be a pointless venture.
I gave up on it at that point and stuck with the air popper.
Then, the other day, coincidence visited me as I flipped through Cooking Light Magazine and saw a letter to the editor that suggested this cooking method. At the same moment, my little guy asked for popcorn (a request that caused a secret inner cringe because, you know – digging out the air popper, annoying gargantuan hand-wash popcorn bowls, etc., and I was having such a lovely, slow, coffee-sipping morning).
The letter suggested this: popcorn kernels, a paper bag, and a quick trip through the microwave.
Serendipity, Little Guy. It’s a real thing.
So we tried it.
And, our reaction was much like that of the two-minute scrambled eggs:
“No. Way. It actually works?!”
After we slathered our mid-morning popcorn (don’t judge) with deliciously real butter and salt, my next thought was whether or not I should share it here.
Surely everyone must know this already, or enough people know it that it’s not interesting anymore. . . right?
But then I told my husband – who hadn’t heard of it, and he told a co-worker (who hadn’t heard of it), who told seven other people ((she kept track)– who also who had not heard of it) and texted me later, “Put it on the blog!”
So here it is.
Super convenient, cleaner than commercial brand, DIY microwave popcorn.
And yes, it’s just buttered popcorn. No fancy spices, no caramel topping. Just salt and butter.
But the basics are where we all must start. As in: how to boil pasta, how to scramble an egg, how to make a roux, and: how to microwave popcorn. . . . Amiright?
I love you.
Thanks for not fighting with me.