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.

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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6 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!

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