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DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 09:33 AM

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. alkapal RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 09:48 AM

    maybe some additive that bag manufacturers are using these days?

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      magiesmom RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 10:08 AM

      I do it all the time.

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        DinnerChick11 RE: magiesmom May 8, 2011 10:48 AM

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

      2. letsindulge RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 10:57 AM

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

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          Val RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 11:15 AM

          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.

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            LUV_TO_EAT RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 01:30 PM

            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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              Val RE: LUV_TO_EAT May 8, 2011 02:29 PM

              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 down...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 popcorn...it smells so good!"

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                jvanderh RE: Val May 10, 2011 09:50 AM

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

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              lulou23 RE: DinnerChick11 May 8, 2011 02:19 PM

              I had been using the paper bag technique for years as I do not like the fake butter taste of microwave popcorn. This way I get healthy popcorn that I lightly salt and (real)butter to my taste. I received this microwave popper this last Christmas and love it.

              http://www.amazon.com/Nordic-Ware-601...

              1. alanbarnes RE: DinnerChick11 May 9, 2011 11:35 AM

                Don't know why there would be any problem with a plain brown paper bag. I used them for years. But if you're concerned, there's a microwave popper does a better job. It has a disc in the bottom that gets **very** hot, so there are fewer unpopped kernels. http://www.amazon.com/Presto-04830-Po...

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