Homemade popcorn is healthy, inexpensive and fun to make. If you’re accustomed to making microwave popcorn in a bag, you’ll be delighted to discover that old-fashioned stovetop popcorn is easy to make and much tastier when it’s made from scratch. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the controversial chemicals used in commercial microwave popcorn — and a huge batch costs just pennies.
If you really want to be green, look for organic, bulk popcorn kernels from a local source, if possible. (Already dreaming of next summer’s garden? Why not plant a crop of popcorn?)
Here’s the simple recipe:
Homemade Stovetop Popcorn
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (peanut oil is ideal because of its high smoking point, but you can use regular vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 teaspoons sea salt (or more or less, to taste)
Add the oil to a large, heavy-bottomed, lidded pot and heat over a medium flame. Add a couple of popcorn kernels to the oil. When one pops, you’ll know that it’s time to add the rest of the kernels.
Stir the kernels to coat them with oil, and put a lid on the pot leaving it slightly off center so that steam can escape. Shake the pan over the flame as the kernels pop, and remove the pan when the popping sounds have slowed to less than one pop a second. Pour the popcorn in a bowl, sprinkle with sea salt if desired, and enjoy! You can also drizzle the popcorn with melted butter and seasonings like grated Parmesan cheese, jerk seasoning mix, chile powder or cinnamon sugar.
A big bowl of popcorn is the perfect snack to share with friends or family while watching a holiday movie at home this week. I hope you’re enjoying the season and finding some time for peace and relaxation during this busy time.