A couple weeks ago I ran out of the paper things. I went to buy some and could not find them anywhere. So I googled them and found a lively discussion among foodies about microwave poppers. One guy was also upset that he couldn't find the liners and another guy called him a blithering idiot because all he had to do was put his popcorn in a brown lunch bag and microwave for a few minutes until the popping stopped.
WHAT?! NO WAY! I was a blithering idiot, too, because I had no idea. Luckily I had a bunch of brown lunch bags left over from a time I was making bag journals! I put 3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in the bag and folded the top over twice. I put it in the microwave for 5 minutes and the popping slowed at about 3 minutes. I took the bag out and it was full of popped popcorn! Popped popcorn without cancer causing chemicals! OH MY BUDDHA! I drizzled some melted butter right into the bag and shook it up. No bowl needed. Life just got so much better (and easier).
I searched foodtv.com and see that Alton Brown has a method for this too but his way involves oil and a stapler. You don't need the oil to make the popcorn put but I bet his recipe tastes amazing. I also didn't staple my bag and it stayed closed.
I wonder what else I don't know.
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