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May 8, 2011 09:33 AM

Microwave popcorn in brown paper bags

I love using brown paper bags to pop popcorn in the microwave, but my new microwave manual states you should not use brown paper bags in the microwave. There are conflicting opinions about this on the web, but I cannot find the reasoning behind it. Thoughts?

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  1. maybe some additive that bag manufacturers are using these days?

      1. re: magiesmom

        I do it all the time too-which is why I was so surprised when I saw it in the manual.

      2. Maybe something about the ink that they use for the logos?

        1. I do it all the time too...but if my memory is correct, I think I've seen some discussion about using metal staples to close the brown bag with (which I never do...I just scrunch it closed)...could that be the possible <lame> reason? Something like the metal in the staple will get so hot it will cause a fire or spark in the m/w...that's the only thing I can recall.

          1. I tried this the other day...found that quite a number of kernels did not pop. I stopped the microwave b.c. I'm afraind the ones that did pop will burn. How much corn did you use and what time did you punch in...also let me know number of watts.

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            1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

              LUVTOEAT...I use 1/4 cup organic yellow popcorn kernels...@2 minutes and I don't know the wattage...I *LISTEN* very carefully and when I don't hear too many pops, that's when I shut it's usually at the 2 minute mark. *Also...I trust my nose: if I smell the slightest hint of "burnt" then I will shut it down.* There are a few 'merry widows' or whatever the term is for unpopped kernels...heh...but no worries. I get what I want and I usually want it very badly...popcorn is my uber-favorite-get-the-hell-outta-my-way-salty snack, no question about that! My son usually arrives later and says..."uhhh...I guess you made your smells so good!"

              1. re: Val

                Hehe. . . I think it's old maids. Close enough!