Today’s post is one of those ideas that I just couldn’t get out of my head! It’s been driving me crazy for about a week now…ever since I spied it on Everything But The…
Microwave popcorn? Without the bag? It can’t be. Can it? (Please tell me I’m not the ONLY ONE who had never heard of this idea!)
Well, of course I had to find out for myself. The curiosity was killing me! Besides, it’s so easy…it’s almost TOO easy!
The ingredients: popcorn.
The tools needed: bowl, plate, microwave.
The instructions: put 1/4 cup popcorn in microwave-safe bowl, cover with microwave-safe plate, cook in microwave oven for 2 minutes, 45 seconds.
Done. Well, almost. You see, I had a little trouble with my first batch.
Yep, that is ONE popped kernel you see there. I was all ready to write this off as a myth, a fallacy, a JOKE! But something told me there might be some “user error” involved here. Believe it or not I do make mistakes once in a great while! ;-) I know, it’s hard to believe.
I had a sneaking suspicion the bowl and plate I used might have been the culprits behind this “FAIL”. I wasn’t quite sure they were “microwave-safe”, and the plate didn’t seem to be a good fit with the bowl.
Let’s try this again, shall we?
This time I used a bowl and plate I was SURE were microwave-safe and the plate was a nice fit with the bowl. Ahhhh….the sweet sound and smell of popcorn popping!
(WARNING: the plate and bowl will be VERY HOT! Use CAUTION when removing them from the microwave.)
Here is the second batch. That’s more like it. However, there WERE a fair number of unpopped kernels left in the bottom of the bowl (pet peeve #473).
But no worries….Lindsey of Everything But The, who brought this brilliant idea to my attention, said that the unpopped kernels could be returned to the microwave and given another go-round.
Well, would you look at that! After another two minutes almost every last kernel was popped!
Now let’s think about the implications of this for a minute!
LESS CALORIES. No need to cook in oil on the stove.
LESS MONEY. No need to buy the expensive microwave popcorn from the store, and even if you’re making your own in a brown paper lunch sack, you’re still having to buy the bags. No need to buy an extra appliance (ie. an air popper).
LESS WASTE. No bag to throw away. NO KERNELS left unpopped to throw away.
I’d say that’s a WIN-WIN-WIN! :-)
Oh….and by the way….it tasted every bit as good as any brand name microwave popcorn or stove top cooked popcorn I’ve ever had. It tasted just like popcorn should taste – fresh, crunchy, tasty. Quite possibly the PERFECT snack!