Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

This isn’t the usual type of recipe I share, but I recently came across this life hack that I am just so excited about. Did you know that it’s possible to make fresh popcorn in your microwave with just an ordinary brown paper bag?

I couldn’t believe it! So much money is saved popping your own with a paper bag compared to purchasing the pre-packaged microwave bags at the store. Also, you get to customize it however you wish. I can never find one at the store that has the amount of butter and salt I’m personally looking for.

All you need is an ordinary brown paper lunch bag, a measuring cup, and a container of popcorn kernels. If desired, you can add some salt and oil at this stage, but it’s not necessary to cook the popcorn, and I prefer not to because I’d rather wait until the popcorn is finished and then season to my liking.

Pour a full 1/4 cup of uncooked kernels into the bag. Then, you want to have a decent seal on the top so it doesn’t open while cooking. I folded my bag top down twice. Then I tucked in the corners.

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Put your bag, laying fold-side down, into the microwave.

Cook for approximately 2 minutes. I don’t recommend going more than that on your first attempt because you might end up with some burned kernels. You can play around with the time a little after your first attempt, but my ideal time ended up being 2 minutes.

Then, open your bag carefully, and ta-da! You should have a bag full of warm, just-popped popcorn. Since I discovered this, I’ve been enjoying a bag nearly every day. It’s so easy and fun and that one jar of kernels goes a long way.

Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag

Ingredients:

  • 1 brown paper bag (lunch size)
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • salt, butter, seasonings of your choice

 

Directions:

1. Place kernels into paper bag. Fold top over twice, like in photo, to help secure the bag. Tuck in the edges of the bag.

2. Place the bag, fold-side down, into your microwave. Cook for approximately 2 minutes, but  make sure to not leave your microwave unattended.

3. Carefully open bag (there will be a lot of hot steam at first!), and season popcorn to your liking. Enjoy!

Very slightly adapted from Serious Eats

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8 comments on “Microwave Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag”

  1. I’ve found that re-using the bag to make multiple batches increases the chance of something burning. Just a warning for similarly frugal-minded popcorn lovers!

  2. I made this last night and 2 minutes was too long for me. The smell of burnt popcorn is not pleasant 🙁 My second attempt turned out much better at 1:30 – not all the kernels popped but at least it didn’t burn. Awesome quick snack!

  3. This recipe CHANGED MY LIFE!

  4. We’ve been doing this for 10 years, but just bought a new microwave, and it no longer works. It burns just as it’s beginning to pop, and almost starts the bag on fire. New microwave is same brand and power as the old one. I did notice that in the manual for the new microwave, it tells you not to use paper bags. Sad that we can’t do this anymore ?

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