Microwave Popcorn the Homemade Way

If you love the fast preparation and convenience of microwave popcorn, but would prefer to avoid the chemicals, partially hydrogenated oils, and lingering odors of the commercial product, good news: All you need to pop corn in the microwave is a plain paper bag. Simply put 1/4 cup popcorn in a lunch-bag-sized paper bag (no oil is necessary), fold the top down a few times to keep the popping corn from escaping, and microwave, say Chowhounds. Carefully pour the hot popcorn into a bowl and dress as you like. You'll end up with more unpopped kernels than when you do it in a pan on the stove, MunchkinRedux says, but "it's quick and easy, and you can reuse the bag."

If you're a frequent popper, you may want to invest in a glass microwave popcorn popper. It is "a treasure!" raves sandylc, who says it "makes really crisp popcorn."

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