I love popcorn. It's easily my favorite snack. I'll eat it plain or topped with salt, butter, or cheese (anything but kettle corn, really). But pre-made popcorn is expensive around here - 3 or 4 dollars for a bag of 10-12 cups of popcorn. Microwavable popcorn is cheaper, but I felt awful throwing those plastic-lined bags in the microwave since I'd given up cooking leftovers in plastic. And unfortunately, microwave popcorn has a lot of added preservatives/chemicals. (Some boxes even have warnings not to breath in the fumes when opening the bag!)
Until last summer. Mr. G and I were at the mall (I think this may have been the vacation where I was freezing and had to buy a hoodie to make it through the day) and I saw a hand-crank popcorn pot in the cooking store window. A-ha!
When we got home, I found one I liked with great reviews on Amazon and bought it. I've been using it once or twice a week since August, and I adore it. You dump in the oil and kernels, lock down the lid, give it a crank or two to coat the kernels, and wait 2-3 minutes for the popping to begin. Continue cranking the handle until the popping stops, then pour into a bowl and enjoy! So easy, so tasty, and virtually no waste - woohoo :)
It's even better now that popcorn is sold in bulk - my jars are already labeled with their tare weight and I just leave the popcorn label on (no need to wash a container that's going to be refilled with the same thing, right?).
So the final count comes down to this:
heaping 1/3 cup organic popcorn - 16¢
1 tablespoon organic canola oil - 20¢
salt - 1¢ (if that)
So, for 37¢ (and a little stirring) I get 10-12 cups of popcorn without plastic or chemicals! I'll count that as a win :)
Do you like popcorn? What's your favorite snack?
And I couldn't resist this guy:
Popcorn reminds me of the movies too.