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Can you cook regular popcorn in the microwave?

Kagey Nov 1, 2009 07:06 AM

I just got a microwave a couple of months ago, mostly so I could heat up things quickly and more energy-efficiently. So far, so good, and I keep discovering new uses for it. Today I bought microwave popcorn and tried it out. It was good, but the only varieties available were salted or sweet (this is England). I'd rather have it completely plain and add the salt myself. So I got to thinking...could I just put the popcorn in a paper bag and nuke it like that? Or would that be a big mistake?

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  1. ITry RE: Kagey Nov 1, 2009 07:36 AM

    You certainly can! Here's a link to how Alton Brown does it.


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      calgal08 RE: ITry Aug 19, 2012 08:22 PM

      I tried it according to the directions. The paper bag caught fire in less than a minute and it killed my microwave oven. Be very careful!

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      frosty101 RE: Kagey Nov 1, 2009 07:39 AM

      Yes, I microwave popcorn all the time; but I found that it depends on the strength of your microwave. My microwave at home works great. I put about 1/4 cup of Orville Redenbacher (seems to work bertter than cheap popcorn) plain popcorn in a paper bag. fold up the end, make sure the popcorn is settled in the middle of the bag, and cook on high for 2 minutes. Then I melt either Canola Harvest or Smart Balance margarine to mix in it because they are the healthiest.

      1. greygarious RE: Kagey Nov 1, 2009 07:57 AM

        I put on a piece of masking tape to keep the fold closed. When the only paper bag I had was too big, I did it in one of those re-usable Glad or Ziploc containers that come in packages of 3 or 4, with the lid incompletely sealed. One time it worked fine, but another time some of the unpopped kernels melted through the bottom of the container. Possibly they were different brand containers or a different volume of kernels. Keep the kernels in a glass jar in the fridge or freezer to keep them from getting stale.

        1. Full tummy RE: Kagey Nov 1, 2009 09:49 AM

          I purchased a special microwave popping dish for the microwave from the grocery store near me. It is the best thing, and no melted bottoms!!! Don't put oil in with the kernels, but if you want buttered, melt some in another dish and pour on top.

          Here's my fabulous microwave popcorn bowl:


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            Kagey RE: Kagey Nov 2, 2009 11:26 AM

            Thanks, everyone! That's good news!

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              tidecreek RE: Kagey Aug 23, 2012 09:21 AM

              My Dad bought me a microwave bowl for popcorn and it works awesome with or without oil and its really nice to have LOVE IT!! I'm sure if you google it you can find a whole bunch.

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              cocktailhour RE: Kagey Aug 23, 2012 10:42 AM

              there's always the stovetop method. add a little oil to a large heavy pot on med. high. (oil from 0 to 2T). Add 3 corn kernels and cover. When all three pop, add the rest of the popcorn. for just one person, 1/4 cup is a good starting amount, 1/3 cup is luxe. Cover. shake pan regularly. once kernels start popping, alternate shaking with putting lid a tiny bit askew to allow steam to escape, but not exploding popcorn. when popping slows to 2 seconds between pops, remove from heat. there will still be a few more pops. pour into bowl and season! I like the control of the stove top method much more than the microwave.

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