Who doesn’t love a good bowl of popcorn?? Microwave popcorn is so easy and convenient to make, but surely by now almost everyone has heard of the dangers of microwave popcorn. There are so many chemicals in a bag of traditional microwave popcorn that we have stayed away for quite some time.
We moved to the air popper, which works pretty well. Just fill with kernels, melt some butter, sprinkle on some sea salt, and you have a really tasty snack! However, in my opinion, air-popped popcorn just lacks something… I think it’s that crispiness that only comes from kernels heated in oil.
I have been meaning to try making popcorn on the stove for quite some time. Rather than using some vegetable oil to make it (such as canola, which contains free-radical producing PUFAs when heated), I was going to make it with coconut oil.
I finally tried it, and it is delicious!!! And so easy!
First, get a big pot (I use a large soup pot) and heat some coconut oil in the bottom over medium heat. Make sure the bottom of the pan is covered in oil once it’s melted.
Once the oil is heated, add the kernels. You can add enough to almost fill the bottom, but make sure all the kernels are in the oil (and are not sitting on top of each other).
Put the lid on the pot. I shake the pot back and forth every so often to make sure the kernels do not burn.
Soon you will hear your popcorn start to pop! Continue to shake the pot regularly so the popcorn doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat when you hear the popping starting to slow, just like when you make microwave popcorn. :)
Season with salt or other seasonings and serve!!
My kids like popcorn from the air popper, but they LOVE this. They both told me it tastes like movie theater popcorn. :) And all I do is add some sea salt. My daughter asked me, “Did you put butter on this?” When I told her ‘no’ and asked her if she wanted me to melt some on there, she said, “No way! This is so darn good the way it is!”
One more thing to mention, I ALWAYS by non-GMO popcorn. If you buy organic popcorn, by definition it will be non-GMO. But I have also used non-GMO popcorn that wasn’t labeled organic. Around 90% of all corn is genetically modified, so I always make sure that what I buy isn’t GM.
- 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- About ¼ Cup Non-GMO Popcorn Kernels
- Heat oil in a tall pot over medium heat so that it covers the bottom nicely when melted.
- Add kernels and cover the pot with a lid. Shake pot often to prevent burning.
- Continue to shake pot every so often as popcorn is popping. Once popping slows, remove pot from heat.
- Season with sea salt or other seasonings!
I hope you give this a try, it makes a delicious snack! Enjoy!