My own children love stovetop popcorn like their Mom, but my 12 year old son will always ask why I never buy the microwave stuff. To me, it is simple. #1 The cost. #2 All the stuff I can’t pronounce/understand that is found in the ingredients.
This week, too surprise the above mentioned 12 year old, I made my homemade microwave popcorn as an after school snack. He didn’t see me make it, so when he tasted it, he excitedly declared, “Mom! You bought me microwave popcorn!!” Success
1. Open the paper lunch sack and lay it on its side. Use a piece of wax paper big enough to go around all four sides of the bag and place the wax paper into the bag. With the bag still on its side, pour the popcorn into a pile in the middle of the bag. Add the butter on top. Keep the bag on its side and fold over the bag end once. Staple it twice and yes, it is perfectly safe.
2. Turn a dinner plate upside down on the tray of your microwave. Place the bag on its side on top of the plate and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes. The amount of time is critical and depends on your microwave. It will take some experience to know when it is done in your own microwave and not burning. Start on the low end to insure success then add 5 seconds each time you make it to see what time works best with your own microwave.
**Note: If you would like butter-free popcorn, you can make this the same way and skip the butter and wax paper on the inside of the bag. Great fat free popcorn!