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We don't have a popcorn popper and someone gave me this great tip for popping it. I put 3 tblsp of kernels in a brown sandwich bag with the end folded over a couple times and placed in the microwave for a little under 2 minutes. You want to stay in the kitchen and take it out as soon as you hear the popping has stopped. This made about 3 cups of air popped popcorn. I added a little drizzle of butter and some nuts for extra flavor. I just thought I would share, this would be easy for older kids to learn how to make on their own instead of the microwave popcorn (you could probably use the bag over a couple times too).
 

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That is a great hint!! I have an air-popper, but I usually have to dig it out from behind six or seven other appliances. :)

And popper or no popper, how much healthier for you than the chemical cr*p they put in microwave bag popcorn!!
 

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I've been making popcorn like this as well. I make it low calorie by spraying it with the 0 calorie butter spray instead of butter. And, I reuse the paper bag, usually no more than one time. (I've tried reusing the bag two or three times and it sometimes breaks apart in the microwave (yuck)).
 

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Another 'duh' moment for me. when we make microwave popcorn at school, I take the old maids and do just what you suggested using a brown paper bag. Now, why did I never think of buying much cheaper and better for you regular popcorn and doing the same? Mahalo for your great idea!!

Our hot air popper is going in our next yard sale since it takes up soooo much room.
 

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Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Mine will be heading out for the garage sale as well. It takes up so much room in my cupboard. :)
 

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I'd like to point out some of the safety hazards of using brown paper bags in the microwave and regular oven that I learned in Food Safety Classes I've taken....

-Brown paper bags are NOT food safe.

-Brown paper bags are made from recycled paper and will contain any number of things, including unsafe metals, ink, insect sprays and chemicals.

-The residual metals can damage your microwave and the combination of ingredients in them can put off toxic fumes when heated.

-Brown paper bags are often warehoused in less than sanitary condition.

-Brown paper bags can catch on fire.

Use at your own health and safety risk.
 

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I'd like to point out some of the safety hazards of using brown paper bags in the microwave and regular oven that I learned in Food Safety Classes I've taken....

-Brown paper bags are NOT food safe.

-Brown paper bags are made from recycled paper and will contain any number of things, including unsafe metals, ink, insect sprays and chemicals.

-The residual metals can damage your microwave and the combination of ingredients in them can put off toxic fumes when heated.

-Brown paper bags are often warehoused in less than sanitary condition.

-Brown paper bags can catch on fire.

Use at your own health and safety risk.
Are you talking about brown grocery bags or lunch bags?
 

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^^ I want you all's air popper. :D It's yummy with Molly McButter sprinkled on it and low cal too.
 

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When I do popcorn, I put the kernels in saucepan with the lid on, and just heat it on the hob. I sprinkle a little paprika on the finished product if I'm feeling healthy, but more often than not I mix a little golden syrup or honey with some butter in the saucepan (removing the popcorn to a bowl), and melt in a little cinnamon. Then, pour the sweet/spicy caramel over the popcorn and mix through until it is lightly coated. Sticky and delicious!
 

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Wonder if you could cook it in a cheesecloth bag (like the kind intended to place inside of a turkey) to avoid the chemicals?
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I'd like to point out some of the safety hazards of using brown paper bags in the microwave and regular oven that I learned in Food Safety Classes I've taken....

-Brown paper bags are NOT food safe.

-Brown paper bags are made from recycled paper and will contain any number of things, including unsafe metals, ink, insect sprays and chemicals.

-The residual metals can damage your microwave and the combination of ingredients in them can put off toxic fumes when heated.

-Brown paper bags are often warehoused in less than sanitary condition.

-Brown paper bags can catch on fire.

Use at your own health and safety risk.
 
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