How to make it

  • In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients, so that the kernels are coated nicely with the oil and salt.
  • Pour the kernels into the bottom of the lunch bag.
  • Make two 1/2 inch folds from the top of the bag creating a seal.
  • Using Two Staples (no more, no less!) staple the bag shut.
  • Lay the bag on its side - allowing the kernels to spread out in a single layer.
  • Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes.
  • When the kernels are popping only more than every 3 seconds - it is done. Anymore and it will burn!
  • Carefully remove the popcorn from the bag - there will be lots of hot steam.
  • Flavor the popcorn with anything you like and enjoy!
  • (**Note**) Putting metal in the microwave is not safe, but two staples is not enough metal to cause any unwanted problems. This has been tested and confirmed by several sources, so this method is considered safe.
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  • lovebreezy 5 years ago
    Please consider adding this recipe to the Popcorn group. You are the only one that can do this since it is your submitted recipe. You'll need to join the group but you can easily unjoin after you add the recipe if you want.
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    frankieanne ate it and said...
    I tried this the other night. I have an older microwave and the staples didn't spark at all which really surprised me. After 2.5 minutes though I still had quite a lot of unpopped kernels. I flipped the bag over and ran it for another 2.5 minutes. I had a few slightly burnt pieces which weren't that bad. It worked out fine although I missed the flavor of "butter" I get from purchased microwave popcorn. But I suppose that makes it healthier! I attached my picture.
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  • kakedog 9 years ago
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    " It was excellent "
    pleclare ate it and said...
    This looks super!!
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    " It was excellent "
    lilliancooks ate it and said...
    I just made this and it was very good! I used 2 staples with no problems at all! I used seasoned salt instead of plain salt. I made one bag with a little grated parmesan cheese and another bag with about 6 shakes of hot sauce. I added the hot sauce after it was popped, but I think next time I'll try it before its popped. Both of these versions worked out great!!! I will never use the pre-bagged microwave popcorn ever again! This recipe is so much healthier because I can control the amount of oil and salt! Thanks for this great popcorn idea! UPDATE: 2 days later...I made this again and tried to put the cheese in the bag BEFORE microwaving it. Don't do this because the cheese stuck to the bag and burned! It didn't flavor the popcorn at all! Oh and learn!
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    mrtnzangel8 ate it and said...
    I like the idea but am terrified of the staples in the micro!

    Trying this right

    Edit: Couldn't bring myself to use staples...used some masking tape instead....

    Awesome popcorn!
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  • louiser50 10 years ago
    I am so addicted to popcorn and always do it on the stove, dont have a microwave popper and microwave popcorn is expensive, now all I have to do is get myself some brown paper lunch bags!!!!
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  • sandersonk 10 years ago
    This sounds fabulous, and healthy too!
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  • pointsevenout 10 years ago
    About half of the kernels did not pop. Can they be reused with any success? I'd hate to be thinking I'm throwing away half of my stock. One of the ideas of doing homemade popcorn is the cost savings.
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  • pointsevenout 10 years ago
    First try came out decent but I am going for that sweet and salty kettle corn taste. Put 1/2t sugar in the mix but could not taste any sweet. Will "up" the amount next time and add some "butter buds" to try to get a hint of buttery flavor.

    Someone suggested an artificial sweetener. Would that work?
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    hollymayb ate it and said...
    You rock!! Alton to the rescue, as always- I obviously haven't seen that episode. Thanks sooo much! Great post.
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  • jackee40 10 years ago
    yum-O as Rachel would say! I'm all for less salt and fat! Can't wait to try..........
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  • kismet 10 years ago
    Thanks for the recipe,can cut down on the salt this way.Healthy
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    I've been making variations of this since I saw the show where AB did this - awesome alternative to store bought. And the flavor combos are endless. Great post!! =)
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  • michellem 11 years ago
    Thanks to Shandy Im going to try this one out! Thank you for sharing! Michelle
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    shandy ate it and said...
    I will never have commercial popcorn *ever* again! This popcorn is so easy and good that I just can't believe it! I use those cheap chopsticks that you have to pull apart before using with your Chinese food. I just don't pull them apart and I use them as a clip that slides over a single fold in the top of my paper lunch bag. Easy and perfect. I then season with whatever comes to mind at the moment. Right now it has been a little grated cheddar cheese, some parmesan with garlic and some hot salt. Awesome! =D
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  • linebb956 11 years ago
    This is a great idea... I have a bowl that was made to pop corn in the micro wave.. but this is good.. No dishes! The bagged corn u buy has so much salt... gak!
    Great post!
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    " It was just okay "
    jackkekempsey ate it and said...
    great reicpes for a popcorn but love butter!
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  • itsajourney 11 years ago
    This works great! We tossed on a little taco seasoning and yum!
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  • alaskanmom 11 years ago
    I'm so excited to try this. We're big popcorn eaters! Thanks for sharing:)
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