Our guest blogger today will talk us through why you don’t need an air-popping machineif you have vision and one of these.
One of the biggest problems that people face in their lives is having too much stuff. If you look around your kitchen, your countertops have probably been overrun by appliances both big and small, along with many other things that you don’t need. The good news is that you don’t need another one to make some really excellent popcorn.
The convenience of microwave popcorn is undeniable, but so too is the fact that it is unhealthy for you. It’s not just that the material the bag is made from is harmful; the oil that the microwave popcorn is popped with is just as bad for you. Although the air popping popcorn machine that works with oil are excellent and kind of decorative, they take up even more space and make popcorn that can pack a lot of calories.
Air-popped popcorn is the best type of popcorn for you, and although the machines cost barely anything to buy, why purchase something else to take up space in your cabinets or countertop — when you can get the same effect with a microwave and a paper bag? This means no oil that can clog your arteries or paying for one more thing you won’t use all the time; you can make excellent hot air-popped popcorn with things you probably already have lying around.
There is an old trick that farmers do with their dried-out corn stalks. They sell them at farmer’s markets to make popcorn from. Once the corn is dried, you can put the cob in a paper lunch bag in the microwave, press the popcorn button and about three minutes later you have perfectly popped popcorn that is light and fluffy. The secret? There is nothing special about the corns of cob that they sell; it works with corn kernels and a bag just as well.
If you don’t have a popcorn button on your microwave, no worries; all you have to do is press “high” for about two to three minutes. When you start hearing the kernels popping slowing down, you can pull the bag from the microwave. It is really true that you can use a paper bag and no oil at all.
Simply place about a cup of corn kernels, any variety, into a lunch bag and fold the end over. Once you have popped them, then you can spice the popcorn up by either adding some melted butter or by putting a little salt and pepper in the bag and shaking things up a bit. It’s the easiest and most nutritious snack there is; it won’t cost you but a couple of pennies, and you can pop popcorn anytime you want.
If you want to really be creative, there are different types of flavored-popcorn kernels online. Popcorn has gone gourmet, and many different flavors can also be popped in a brown bag. Mix and match to make it fun for the kids or have a tasting party to find out which is your favorite.
If you are going to save calories on it not using oil, then why not add a little sin in? You can add things like M&Ms or Heath chips to the bag. Make sure to add them right as you are taking the bag out of the microwave, so the kernels are still hot inside the bag. That way they melt to the popcorn and become almost like a popcorn ball treat. Try Twix bars, Hershey kisses, or even mix in some nuts to make it almost like a trail mix.
If you need a last-minute hostess gift, making a popcorn bag of fun is an excellent way to bring something to a get-together. Mix in some parmesan cheese and black pepper for an appetizer, or add in some caramel blocks, chocolate chips, and sea salt to flavor it for an after-dinner snack.
The good news is that popcorn is really good for you as long as you stay away from the microwave bags and harmful butter flavoring. You can make nutritious air-popped popcorn from your microwave using nothing but a bag, some creativity — and it’s cheaper than other store-bought varieties. If you have a microwave, a paper bag, and some popcorn kernels, the popcorn is your oyster.