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Oct 26, 2008 02:31 PM

Microwave Popcorn

How many people like microwave over fresh popped? I prefer fresh popped for several reasons. Fresh popped just tastes better, it also doesn't take much longer, although cleanup is in the favor of microwave. It must be healthier, a little oil and some salt, plus some real butter, not the mystery concoction lurking in the bottom of the bag. What are all of those chemicals? I like it better leftover, plus, if you "accidentally" burn some, just an added plus.

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  1. Count me in the "fresh" camp. Something about the smell of it while it's poppin'-eww! Never thought I'd meet a popcorn I didn't like, til' the micro-variety reared it's smelly head. Now, if it was the last popcorn on earth, I might reconsider....Adam

    1. I have never liked microwaved popcorn.

      We use a whirley pop. Makes the best popcorn!

      1. I use Chintzy Pop stove top popcorn.

        1. The debate is not so simple. I don't like the pre-seasoned microwave bags, but I do use the microwave to pop my popcorn in a special plastic bowl.

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          1. re: Steve

            Alton Brown has a cool way of making fresh popcorn in a microwave- you use a brown paperbag, a little bit of oil and salt. Best part is there is no clean up!

            If I am at work there is one type of microwave popcorn that I do like. It is Orville Redenbacher's Natural & Organic Buttery Salt & Cracked Pepper. It has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

            1. re: phimoez

              oh, that is a good idea to re-use the paper bags the grocery store puts wine bottles in. ;-)

              1. re: alkapal

                I've done popcorn in the m/w many times this oil is necessary...just put some in paper bag, scrunch it closed...microwave...then when it's freshly popped, that's when I add melted butter and a little salt. Some folks on this board advise adding Parmesan cheese...I need to try that.

                1. re: Val

                  It's great w/ parmesan cheese but you do need to add oil or butter or it just falls right off. Someone recommended spraying wih vinegar and then sprinkling salt. I haven't tried it yet but it sounds good.

                  1. re: chowser

                    My favorite popcorn topping is soy sauce...........salty and yummy. I may have to give the vinegar a try and see how that compares. I like to come up with new popcorn "recipes" like garlic popcorn or herb popcorn. Parmesan cheese is good too but it never sticks as good as I would like.

                    1. re: phimoez

                      Do you spray on the soy sauce? Diluted or straight? Someone gave me some chipotle popcorn seasoning that was pretty good. When I've used parmesan cheese, I have the same problem, too and end up w/ it all in the bottom.

                      1. re: chowser

                        I do spray on the soy sauce undiluted. If you try to drizzle is on it can get soggy. The chipotle popcorn seasoning does sound good- I may try to concoct my own.

                  2. re: Val

                    That's how I make my popcorn too. We never buy microwave popcorn (that smell is so nasty). Just regular popcorn and brown paper bags.

              2. re: Steve

                Exactly. Microwaves are great for popping corn. Popcorn packaged to go into the microwave as the only way to cook it is pretty awful and smells worse.

              3. The smell of microwave popcorn literally makes me nauseous. Dont know what it is that does it, but always happens. Thank God I work in a small office now, and no one eats the stuff. At home, we use the Whitly Pop. Perferct popcorn every time, and cooks up so quickly.

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                1. re: macca

                  Don't even get me started about the job I had where a guy would whip out a bag at 7:45 every morning. I can somewhat tolerate the smell at a reasonable hour, but when I'm coming into work- ew.

                  I am not really a popcorn fan generally and prefer it plain, so I find most of the microwave varieties pretty repulsive.

                  1. re: queencru

                    I know I would have had to say something to the guy- don't know what is in the microwave swill, but it really makes me feel sick. I can only imagine how it tastes. Last year, on our family vacation (22 of us), we brought the whirly pop and had popcorn every night- we ran out of kernals and the kids went to the store and bought microwave, as they thought is was easier. Had to sit outside when they made it.