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Easy Homemade Popcorn (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Afterschool Snacks)
Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 16, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Appetizers,Recipes,URS | 20 Comments
Greet your kids afterschool with a healthy snack! Today Mandi of Life Your Way  shares two easy ways to make popcorn — in a paper bag and on the stovetop.
Popcorn is one of my very favorite snacks, but the microwave stuff just isn’t that great for you…or your wallet, especially when you have a family of 6 or more!
For a while, I used the handy dandy paper bag trick to make my own microwave popcorn. Have you seen this? It’s so cool…and easy as pie:
Take 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and dump them in a regular paper lunch bag. Fold the top over several times, creasing it with your nails or adding a piece of tape to hold it closed.
Place it in the microwave and hit the “popcorn” button (which is usually 2-3 minutes, in case yours doesn’t have one) and then listen for the telltale pops. When the popping slows down, open the microwave (even if the time hasn’t run out). Let it cool slightly then season with melted butter and salt and you’re set!
Even though that’s pretty much as easy as it gets, our family really prefers stovetop popcorn these days, and it’s surprisingly easy as well:
Add oil to a large pot and drop in 3-4 kernels. Set burner to medium high (I set mine to “6″). Cover with a lid and wait for the initial kernels to pop.
After they pop, add the remaining kernels and re-cover the pot.
When the kernels start popping, begin shaking the pot from side to side, keeping it close to the burner.
Continue shaking the pot until the popping slows. Immediately transfer the popcorn to a bowl.
Salt to taste.
Yield: 3-4 quarts
Shelf Life: 1-2 days in a tightly sealed container
A perfect afternoon snack for the whole family!
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– Mandi Ehman lives in wild, wonderful West Virginia with her husband of ten years and four beautiful, spunky little girls. As a full-time work-at-home, homeschooling mom, she runs Life Your Way , a site that blends intentional and creative living, and Jungle Deals & Steals , where it’s all Amazon, all the time.
Remember: Each week at Ultimate Recipe Swap, there is a posted theme. You are welcome to share any recipe that fits the theme and contains a link back to Life as MOM. If you’re curious about the upcoming themes, I have a calendar here.  This week’s theme is Afterschool Snacks.
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