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March 25, 2012 5:42 AM
Hey everyone!

Just a quick question:)
We don't have an air popper for popcorn, however we do have a microwave (if that helps!) am just wondering if anyone knows any great ways to pop popcorn without an air popper and without oil? :)

Thanks!
March 25, 2012 5:46 AM
I have a plastic bowl with a lid that is made for popping air popped popcorn in the microwave. But I wonder if you could use any microwavable bowl and lid... I've also seen it done before in a paper bag, but I've never tried it myself.
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March 25, 2012 5:47 AM
I just take the kernels, put them in a non-stick pot with a lid, put it on medium heat and let 'em pop. You have to shake the pot pretty often, but it doesn't take long.
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March 25, 2012 5:49 AM
Like other posters, I have a plastic bowl that is made to pop popcorn in the microwave. It works very well. I can't remember what brand it is, and it's in storage right now :( so I can't look. I will say, it has a removable base that supposedly somehow makes it work better.

Also, although a lot of people do it, using a paper bag is not recommended, as they can catch on fire.
Edited by Bentley2718 On March 25, 2012 5:49 AM
March 25, 2012 5:49 AM
you can use a paper lunch bag, I can't remember how much popping corn to go in (you can probably look it up online) but I do know you can do it without any oil so it would be like air popped. I got a book from the library, it was all popcorn recipes, and the information was there. I guess I should have written it down! Sorry I can't help more, but you should be able to find the info with some googling :-)
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March 25, 2012 5:50 AM
QUOTE:

Hey everyone!

Just a quick question:)
We don't have an air popper for popcorn, however we do have a microwave (if that helps!) am just wondering if anyone knows any great ways to pop popcorn without an air popper and without oil? :)

Thanks!


Haven't tried this, but heard of it before - how to pop popcorn in a paper bag in the microwave. Good luck!

http://chaosinthekitchen.com/2009/06/homemade-air-popped-microwaveable-popcorn/

If you are concerned about the bag catching on fire, it says you can also use a glass bowl with cover (or microwaveable plate). :)
Edited by Elizabeth_M On March 25, 2012 5:51 AM
March 25, 2012 5:51 AM
If you do it on the stove, you have to tend to it pretty closely, or I'm just a bad "cook".

I use a normal microwave safe bowl to do it in the microwave, just throw a cheesecloth
over top and use a towel to take the bowl out of the microwave (as it can get warm)
March 25, 2012 5:51 AM
I pop mine in the microwave in a paper bag all of the time. I just throw a handful into a brown paper lunch sack, fold it over twice and stand it up in the microwave. Mine only needs to cook for 2:15 (not as long as store bought microwave popcorn)...so watch that (you'll probably burn the first batch of two until you figure out how long it takes in your microwave). Eat it directly from the bag and no dishes to clean up!
March 25, 2012 5:51 AM
QUOTE:

I just take the kernels, put them in a non-stick pot with a lid, put it on medium heat and let 'em pop. You have to shake the pot pretty often, but it doesn't take long.


Don't do this if you have a ceramic/glass top stove, though! :)
March 25, 2012 5:52 AM
I use a popper myself...I know this is not the question you are asking, but wondering what you flavor the air popcorn with or if you leave it plain? I use salt but I still am not a real big fan...I miss the butter! So, far I have tried parmesan cheese..
March 25, 2012 5:52 AM
Ingredients
1/4 cup good quality popcorn
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or popcorn salt
Sprinkle jalapeno seasoning mix

Paper lunch bag
Stapler

Directions


Toss the popcorn with the olive oil, salt, and jalapeno seasoning mix in the paper bag. Fold the top of the bag over and staple the bag twice to close. Place the bag in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 minutes to 3 minutes, or until there are about 5 seconds between pops.



NOTE: Popcorn salt is a super-fine salt that is designed especially for sticking to food such as popcorn. It has the taste of regular table salt, but its granules are much finer.
March 25, 2012 5:54 AM
I used to pop it in the microwave in a plastic bowl with a dinner plate ontop. If you use a paper bag it has to be a heavy duty one if you use a light weight one it will catch fire. QVC used to do a special bowl for the micro.
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March 25, 2012 5:58 AM
I've been using a brown paper lunch bag; it works wonderfully!! Just put the popcorn inside and fold the bag over twice. I use 2 tablespoons of kernels and microwave for about 1min 45sec. This makes a good snack size for one person. With six spritzes of I can't believe it's not butter and a sprinkling of seasoning salt, it's about 87 calories! If you use 1/4 cup of kernels (4 tablespoons), it'll almost fill up the whole bag. I got the idea from here:

http://www.squawkfox.com/2010/07/27/popcorn-recipe-gourmet-popcorn/
March 25, 2012 5:59 AM
I also pop mine in a paper lunch bag in the microwave. I like to use just a little bit of oil. I weigh 40 grams of popcorn (about 3 tablespoons) and put that, 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, and some salt in a lunch bag, then microwave on high for 1:45.
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March 25, 2012 8:23 AM
Brown bag in the micro is my popping method of choice too! I use 1/4 cup of kernels in the bag, and season it when I dump it in the bowl. If making for the whole fam we use 1/3 cup kernels and it makes a nice big bowl to share. I have a rare microwave on which the popcorn setting actually works, but we have to add about 30 seconds for the 1/3 c bag. Comes out perfect every time. smile

Now I want popcorn and it's not even 8:30am. tongue
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