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Snack Attack: Oscar Night Popcorn

Whenever I curl up on the couch in front of a good movie, I have to have a bowl of freshly popped popcorn. So the same goes for the Oscars - a night celebrating all the movies we love. Now I'm not talking about microwave popcorn here, there's way too much garbage in it.

There's two ways I make it:

1. The old-fashioned way:

  • Take a 1 quart size saucepan and pour enough canola oil on bottom just to cover it with a thin layer. You can also use olive oil, but I don't think it tastes as good.
  • Now pour 1/4 cup loose popcorn kernels in, shaking the pan a little to coat them with the oil.
  • Turn the burner on between medium and high. Place a top on the pan and shake it constantly from side to side over the heat. You get to work your arms a little bit too.
  • You'll start to hear the kernels begin to pop. Once the popping slows down a great deal, take the pan off the heat and pour the popcorn into another bowl.
  • Allow it to cool off a bit before sprinkling it with salt.

Want to know an incredibly easy way to make popcorn without the oil? Then

2. Fat-Free Popcorn: When my dad was on the Pritikin Diet, he couldn't eat any fat, and we used to make popcorn like this all the time. Here's what you do.

  • Take a small brown bag, the kind you use for lunches, and open it up.
  • Pour enough popcorn kernels in to cover the bottom of the bag.
  • Close the bag by folding the opened end tightly 3 times.
  • Place the entire bag in the microwave, with the folded side on the bottom.
  • Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes, or until the popping slows down. If it cooks for too long, you'll have yourself a bag of burnt popcorn.
  • The popcorn tastes just like it came out of an air popper. Add salt for more flavor.

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BellaVida12 BellaVida12 5 years
is there a healthy way to make popcorn with a kettle korn flavor?
BellaVida12 BellaVida12 5 years
very interesting
mermaidlocks mermaidlocks 6 years
leexlee33 - I spray some pam on the freshly popped popcorn and then add your toppings; it has no cals and makes its all stick on to your popcorn!
elysiamann elysiamann 7 years
i loooooooove my airpopper! the only problem i have is with toppings- how can i make the spices stay on the popcorn? it's so dry and the salt or spices just fall to the bottom of the bowl! :(
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 8 years
air popped is the best
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
wow i didn't know you could make "homemade" popcorn in the microwave, i'll have to try that !
wishbone317 wishbone317 9 years
My husband always makes popcorn on the stove for us- and we totally love it more than microwaved and bagged!
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
anyone remember the pop secret pop quiz pop corn? they were different colors. i love colored popcorn!
Grace957 Grace957 9 years
I just tried it and love it. Thanks!!
peas peas 9 years
I definitely have to try the brown bag method...I gave up microwave popcorn because it always tasted too chemically. I love airpopped but never got around to buying a popper
memorie memorie 9 years
I have to try the homemade microwave popcorn! :D
yayapapaya yayapapaya 9 years
stove top taste a billion times better than the store packaged microwave kind. i didn't know you could just put it in a paper bag in the microwave. i'll have to try it sometime.
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Mmmmmmmm! I can practically smell that popcorn now :) amycasey, I feel sure that it'd be safe. The popcorn needs a bit of time to get to the "poppin' in your face" stage. I like this tip! Thanks :WAVE:
amandasunly amandasunly 9 years
Cool idea, will try next movie marathon night.
designchicago designchicago 9 years
try drizzling 2 tsp. of olive oil and shaking Kraft parmesan cheese over your bag of popcorn, then shake it all up. Tastes sinful.
curleyjo84 curleyjo84 9 years
i sprinkle some chocolate milk mix on my popcorn for a quick and healthy choco fix...
amycasey amycasey 9 years
Staff- I have been making my popcorn like that for years and have never had any kernels pop up in my face. I find that adding them only after the oil is hot makes the corn taste fresher, and avoids and burning or over cooking. I suppose there could be a bit of danger though...hmmm... Also parmesan cheese is my favorite topper
daiseechain daiseechain 9 years
Instead of salt, try seasoning with spices. For some heat, try cayenne pepper, or even herbs are good. Try dried thyme or savory.
susanec susanec 9 years
Sodium be damned, tamari sauce in a spray bottle + popcorn is addictive.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
:rotfl: visual of popcorn popping in the face. LOL. sorry sorry, but its a valid qn! :P i looove popcorn :drool:
bpjedi bpjedi 9 years
Great tip about the do-it-yourself microwave popcorn. Thanks, Fit!
sigmaration sigmaration 9 years
I am absolutely addicted to putting nutritional yeast on my popcorn.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
amycasey - don't you worry about the kernels popping up in your face when you go to pour them in?
amycasey amycasey 9 years
A better trick Turn the heat on w/ only the oil and ONE kernel in the pot, covered. When you hear that kernel pop the oil is ready add rest of popcorn, cover and shake. Another hint, make sure the bottom of pan is even covered in a single layer, this will ensure even popping. (I make popcorn on the stove all the time)
vigilante vigilante 9 years
I love my hot air popper. It's loud but it works great! Never tried the brown bag method, might give that a go at the cottage if I forget my air popper again this year!

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