Emily Wyckoff

Make your own microwave popcorn

Who knew that you don’t need to buy microwave popcorn to make popcorn in the microwave? Not me until recently. All you need is a brown paper lunch bag, a stapler, and some regular popcorn. I know you’re probably thinking “staples in the microwave?!?” It’s ok, really. Something to do with the staples being shorter than the micro waves. In any event, I have used this method, and no sparks. I was so happy to learn about this way of popping popcorn (which we eat nearly daily in my house) because it is a.) cheaper than pre-packaged microwave popcorn, and b.) there are way way less calories than microwave popcorn even if you put some melted butter on top after it’s popped.

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn:

You’ll need:

1 brown paper lunch bag


1/4 cup popcorn


Place popcorn in bag, fold over the top and staple closed with a staple on either end (they can’t be next to each other), like so:

Microwave on high, with the bag lying down, the bottom facing up for 2 minutes  (or you can use your popcorn setting) or until popping slows down (just like regular microwave popcorn). Enjoy!

6 Responses to “Make your own microwave popcorn”

  1. Amy says:

    I make this all of the time, I don’t staple the bag, just fold it over. In my microwave all the kernels are not popped at the end of my “popcorn” cycle. I empty the top already popped corn and put it back for 1 more minute. I top it with the olive oil spray butter and a small amount of sea salt. Yummy and easy without a mess!

  2. Sue says:

    Maybe it’s just the picture but it looks a bit burnt.

  3. patty says:

    My son Nick has awful food allergies and dairy is one of them which means we can’t have storebought microwave popcorn. My husband who is Mr Microwave decided to take regular popcorn and use the paperbag to pop it in the microwave sans the staples. After it’s popped he tosses it in EVOO and salt. Can you say Yummo!

  4. Ian says:

    As long as the staples do not contact the “Grounded” inner case, there should not be any sparks because the metal is not covering the greater portion of the food “Popcorn” being cooked.

  5. DD says:

    This is so handy and turned out really well. I used 2 small pieces of scotch tape instead of staples.

  6. Wendy says:

    I’ve done this for years and there’s no need for staples. Fold the top of the bag over twice; that’s enough to keep the popping kernels in and let a little steam out.

    It can be easily burnt, tho, so watch the time!

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