I know that homemade popcorn may sound like a pretty easy feat to accomplish (and it is!), but if a good friend of mine hadn’t taught me how to do it, I don’t think I ever would have seen the value in popping my own over just buying the microwavable bags. To set the record straight:
1. There is something so cozy and antiquated about homemade popcorn.
2. It is SO EASY to make.
3. It saves a lot of money when compared to microwavable popcorn.
4. It’s a lot healthier… more natural, fewer calories, fewer preservatives, etc.
5. You can season it however you like!
And now, I will share my own recipe for this delicious snack:
What You Need: popcorn kernels (they come in a bag or a jar, are extremely inexpensive (like $1.50 for a pound), and can be found in the same section of the grocery store as the microwavable popcorn), olive oil, medium pot with lid (mine’s about two quarts), seasoned salt, and the juice from half a lime (lime juice in a bottle works just fine too).
1. On a stovetop, pour a bit of olive oil into the medium pot – just enough to cover the bottom. Heat the pot on medium high for 2-3 minutes without covering. The oil should not pop or sizzle at this point.
2. Next, pour the popcorn kernels into the pot, again just one layer… enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Turn the heat down to medium or a little hotter, and cover.
3. Watch the popcorn pop (it happens so quickly… if you walk away even for a moment, you risk burning the popcorn). When there are 2-3 seconds between pops, remove from heat.
4. Wait a few moments before uncovering (for possible late pops). Then pour the popcorn from the pot into a bowl. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and spritz with lime juice. Toss a bit to spread the seasoning. Enjoy!
I recommend trying other seasoning combinations like garlic salt and lemon or even gorgonzola and pepper. Make up your own… I really don’t think you can go wrong here. Get fancy!