Microwaveable popcorn is really convenient. But did you know that microwave popcorn bags are lined with perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)? PFCs are used in grease resistant food packaging, paper products, personal care products and non-stick coating on pots and pans. PFCs, like bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates, have been linked to a myriad of health problems. In addition to the PFC coating, microwave popcorn packages are individually wrapped in plastic. Microwave popcorn is also expensive! Organic popcorn kernels in the bulk section at the grocery store I shop at are only $1.29 a pound. When I make popcorn on my stove, I save a lot of money. And it’s really easy too! Here are the ingredients you need:
- Popcorn kernels (I bought them in bulk with a cloth bag and stored them in a glass milk bottle)
It doesn’t really matter how many kernels you use, but make sure you have a pot big enough for the popped popcorn. Put some popcorn kernels in a pot. I used a couple handfuls.
Put a lid on the pot, and set it over medium heat. Too low and it won’t pop. Too high and it’ll burn. Shake the pot a couple times a minute. It’ll take about five minutes for it to start popping. Once it starts popping keep shaking the pot. Keep the heat on until the popping slows down a lot. Turn off the heat, but leave the lid on and shake it a few more times. Take off the lid and you should have a pot of delicious popcorn. Melt some butter and pour over the popcorn. Add salt to taste and toss.