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It’s embarrassing how many times I catch myself saying “Why would I want to pay money for this when I can make it at home?” The perfect example of this is popcorn. Have you been to the movies recently? That stuff is almost as expensive as the movie ticket and yet the theatre is always packed full of people crunching on it.
If you’re like me and hate paying for something with a ridiculous mark-up, make your own popcorn at home! It’s so much cheaper, healthier and you can customise it to your tastes.
Homemade popcorn is incredibly easy to make, takes very little time and requires only a couple of minutes.
- one microwave
- one plate
- one plastic splatter guard (If you don’t know what I mean, here is an example of one from Amazon - it’s a plastic cover with slots to allow steam to escape)
- 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tablespoon oil
Mix the oil and the popcorn kernels together on the plate. Ensure the kernels are well coated.
Put the plastic splatter guard on top of the plate and place in the microwave.
Cook on full power and listen for the pops! Your popcorn is ready when there are 1- to 2-second gaps between the popping noises. This takes me at least 4 minutes, but for many others only takes 2. Keep listening to the pops to find out when yours are done! This takes a little trial and error but you’ll time it perfectly after a couple of tries.
WARNING: be very careful when you remove the plate from the microwave. Not only will plate and splatter guard be incredibly hot, but scorching steam will also be rising through slits in the plastic guard, so use a kitchen towel to get the plate out of the microwave without burning your hands.
And here is your popcorn! You can now sprinkle it with salt, pour over melted butter, or turn it into something magical like this.
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