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Brown Bag Popcorn

Rumors have been flying about microwave popcorn containing carcinogens. Want to make popcorn cheaper, without fancy equipment, and without worrying about what’s really in there and if it’s safe? Here’s how you do it:
What you need:
A brown paper lunch bag
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste, also optional)
Put popcorn kernels in a bowl and coat with vegetable oil and salt. Pour into the brown paper bag. Fold the top down 3 times, small folds are better. Place in the microwave with the folded top up. Cook on high for 2-4 minutes (microwaves vary). Stop when you hear a pause in popping of about 2 minutes. You’re ready to go!
Alternative Ideas:
Skip the oil and salt and add butter afterwards.
Sprinkle with parmesan, dry ranch dressing, seasoning salt, garlic, cinnamon and suger, or anything else that sounds good.
Popcorn salt has finer grains and can taste better.
Substitute olive oil for the vegetable oil.
Use spray butter or spray salad dressing.
Smear butter on an inside wall of the paper bag instead of oil, fold bag as usual and shake well before opening.
Seal your bag with a small piece of tape, if necessary.
If you don’t use butter or oil, you can reuse the bag.

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