Have you ever tried making your own microwave popcorn? It’s such a simple thing, but until recently, it was something that had never even crossed my mind. All you need are some popcorn kernels and a brown paper bag! How’s that for simple AND frugal?
I bought organic popping corn at Trader Joe’s for $1.99 for a 28oz bag and found a 40 count package of brown paper bags for $1 at the Dollar Tree. Total cost per serving? $.06!
This new trick has made popcorn my latest munching obsession. The topping possibilities are endless. You can keep it plain and eat it right out of the bag as is. Or fancy up your snack with these combinations.
- garlic powder + dill weed
- nutritional yeast + smoked paprika
- hot sauce + butter
- semi-sweet chocolate chips + sea salt
The best part is knowing that there’s really just one necessary ingredient to make your own homemade popcorn: popping corn. And you can control the amount of oil, salt, or even sugar (mmmm kettle corn) that you’d like to add, and leave all the additives behind.
- 1 brown paper bag: $.03
- 3 tbsp popping corn (36 g): $.09
- 1/2 tsp oil (2 g): $ basically nada
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (1.5 g): $ practically zilch
- Pour popping corn into the paper bag.
- Fold the top of the bag tightly over 3 times.
- Stick the bag in the microwave and cook on high.
- Microwave until the popping has slowed down, about 3 seconds between pops.
- Add oil and salt to the bag.
- Shake, shake, shake.
- In my microwave 90 seconds is perfect, but all microwaves are different. Experiment to find what works best with yours! I’d suggest starting with two minutes.
- In order for the salt to stick to the popcorn, you need to use some sort of oil. I love using my Misto olive oil sprayer to just lightly coat my popcorn. You can find your own Misto sprayer for less than $10 on Amazon here
- Total Servings: 2 | Total Cost: $.12 | Cost per Serving: $.06
- Calories: 74 | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 13g | Full Nutrition Facts (includes oil and salt)
Frugal Tips for Your Homemade Microwave Popcorn
- Don’t throw out your unpopped kernels! Save them in a separate container and use them the next time you get a popcorn craving. Since they’ve already been previously heated, they’ll take less time to pop, so listen carefully.
- If your brown paper bag is still intact, reuse it!
Curious where I get my prices from? Even though I may have found an ingredient cheaper, to keep things simple, I’ve calculated all costs based on my Budget Grocery Price List, my list of maximum prices I’ll pay for any groceries.
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