Nothing says movie night like some home cooked popcorn. We often sit down as a family and make popcorn for a Friday night movie. A great addition to the school lunchbox as well – and preservative free. We show you three easy ways to get your corn popping.
Popcorn at movie night at home makes it feel just like the real thing – you get the cinema feel in the comfort of your own home. You need to find a cooking container that will comfortably hold the popcorn when cooked. We use a microwave proof container that takes 1.5 litre capacity with a lid. Or do individual serves in paper bags– too easy.
- ¼ cup of popping corn
- 20ml of vegetable oil
- ¼ tsp of salt (iodised)
- Put the popping corn in the microwave proof bowl (at least 1.5 litre capacity bowl with a lid). Add the oil and salt, and ensure the corn is coated with oil.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Do not use cling film as it melts with the hot corn.
- Cook on HIGH heat for two minutes. If you hear it finish popping before this time, stop the microwave and leave for a minute with the lid still on.
- Sprinkle with little more salt and toss through. Serve!
- Heat a saucepan with 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil slowly. Drop a corn piece into the pan and you will know the oil is hot enough if it spins.
- Add half a cup of popping corn and some oil into the pot. Coat the popcorn with the oil, then put the lid on.
- The corn should start to pop. Then it will start popping wildly. Take it off the stove when you go a few seconds without hearing any further popping.
- Serve with a bit extra salt if required, or as is.
Brown paper bag method
- 1 tablespoon of popping corn
- spray olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Put the popcorn in a brown paper bag. Place the bag in the microwave on high for 2 minutes on HIGH.
- Once cooked (no more popping), tip out of the bag, spray with oil and add a sprinkle of salt, then return to the bag to eat or place in your lunchbox.