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How to Pop Popcorn Healthfully

Course 3:0
Cuisine E
Author DF, EF, GF, LC, LF, NF, PL, SF, VG, V

Ingredients

Stove Top Method

  • a glass or stainless steel saucepan with a lid {a glass lid makes it more fun}
  • seasoning, optional
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil {use the more refined coconut oil if you want to avoid a coconut taste}
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels

Microwave Method

  • glass microwave popcorn popper
  • popcorn kernels
  • butter {optional}
  • seasoning, optional

Instructions

Stove Top Method

  • Put the coconut oil, corn kernels, and any desired seasonings in the pan. The kernels should be in a single layer along the bottom of the pan.
  • Turn the heat to medium. After a couple minutes, a kernel will suddenly pop. Be careful not to keep your face over the pot at this point because, when it starts popping, you can easily get splattered in the eye with hot oil!
  • Once the first kernel has popped, put the lid on the pot.
  • Now for the fun {especially if your lid is see-through}! Gently slide the pot back and forth over the burner and be in awe {especially if you're a kid or a kid at heart} as the kernels pop like crazy!
  • Within about 5 minutes you'll have hot, delicious popcorn to munch on. Feel free to now add some melted butter and any other flavorings or seasonings that you want that you didn't add at the beginning.

Microwave Method

  • Put the necessary popcorn kernels in the bowl of the microwavable popcorn popper {this will vary on the size of the popper and the manufacturer's directions}.
  • No oil or fat is required to pop in a glass microwave popcorn popper, but if you would like to flavor the popcorn with butter, place some on the silicone lid {pending your popper has this feature}.
  • Microwave per manufacturer's directions {typically around 2 minutes and 45 seconds}. Listen carefully because when the popping begins to slow down, stop the microwave before you burn the popcorn.
  • Add any more desired seasonings or flavorings and voila--popcorn is served!