Saturday, August 2, 2008

Saturday Savings: Popcorn & Poprs

O.K. So today's Saturday Savings is going to be relatively short and simple since I am going to be playing with my boys. It is the last weekend of freedom before school starts.

However, hopefully you will enjoy this money saving tip as much as I have.

Do you enjoy microwave popcorn? We do and we enjoy it a LOT!

I have discovered that we can skip buying commercial boxes of popcorn and make our own for about a quarter a bag.

Here is what you do:

  • Get 1 brown lunch bag.

  • Mix together 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, 1 teaspoon oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Pour into brown bag.

  • Fold the top over once and staple with 1 (and only 1) staple.

  • Press extra air out of the bag.

  • Put in the microwave and pop just like you would a regular microwave bag.

  • Serve.

You can sprinkle with Popr's! I highly recommend butter and taco!!

Delicious microwave popcorn for a quarter? That is a Saturday Savings for me!


Veggie Mom said...

Yummy! I've never tried Pop'rs on popcorn before. I'll have to talk to Uncle Lynn about this--he's always looking for Pop'rs tips! Thanks for sharing the comment love--and glad you enjoyed the Popr's!

Confessions of A Mississippi Mom said...

great idea! I will have to try this since they say microwave popcorn can give off toxic fumes...

Carrie said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it.

Deathlok said...

Can you put a staple in the microwave??

Anonymous said...

Any recipe for cheap homemade microwave kettle corn?

Deanna said...

Deathlok - I have never had a problem with putting a single staple in the microwave.

As far as kettle corn, it depends on what you mean...

Here is a recipe that we use:

You will need:
yellow popcorn kernels
vegetable oil
brown sugar

Make 8 cups of popcorn according to the kernel bag directions. Basically, coat the bottom of a medium size pot with vegetable oil. Pour kernels in so that there is one layer of kernels covering the bottom of the pot. Cover with lid, turn on the heat to medium-high, and heat while shaking the pot every 5-10 seconds. In other words, you aren’t taking your hand off the pot handle very much.

The kernels will soon begin to pop. Keep shaking! When it doesn’t sound like it’s continuously popping, it’s probably done. Remove from heat. Pour into a big bowl so that it isn’t sitting in the hot pot. Choose a bowl that is preferably much bigger than the amount of popcorn; this will make it easier to stir the sugar part in a few minutes.

Put 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp water, and 2/3 cup light brown sugar into a small pot. Stir and bring to a boil. This will only take a minute or two because it is such a small amount, so don’t walk away from the stove!!! As soon as it boils, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour all over the popcorn. Add the amount of salt that you normally would to popcorn. (This is important, as kettle corn is salty AND sweet) Toss with a wooden spoon, making sure to get the sugar mixture that fell to the bottom. Let it cool a few minutes and eat eat eat!!!