Microwave Popcorn in Paper Bags

I posted a hint last year about making ordinary popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag, closing the bag, and microwaving it for about three minutes. It works very well but I’ve since read that the paper bag could catch fire, so it’s not recommended. Just a hint. I bought a popcorn microwaveable bowl with lid at Walmart last year and it works very well for popcorn and also frozen vegetables. It’s a big plastic bowl with a vent in the lid and cost $10 at Walmart. About 1/3 cup of ordinary popcorn and it makes 12 cups of popped treats. It may be sprayed with oil and then lightly salted if you wish after it is done. Enjoy!

Frozen veg require a bit of water in the bottom and then put the lid on. It works very well.

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  1. I have always just used a glass casserole dish. Sprinkled the bottom with popcorn, and add a knob of butter or a small amount of water. Cook for 5-10 minutes until you hear the popping slow down. Must watch it carefully though as it burns fairly quickly once the bulk of it has popped.

  2. I have used the brown paper lunch bag method for over 10 years without an issue. You must be nearby to stop it as soon as the popping slows (to more than 4 seconds between pops.) I think the problem comes when people set a specific time and just walk away. I have found that the time will vary by microwave and by popcorn batch. I am guessing the it may be because different batches of popcorn have varying amounts of moisture, but I am not positive.

  3. The moisture in popcorn does affect how it pops. To dry and you get old maids. I keep my popcorn in the fridge and add 1 T of water when I put it in the jar. I shake the jar about once every 2 days. Check your thrift stores for microwave popcorn poppers. They take up space and people get rid of them The best one I have had was made by Amana. Was a large cone shape with the poporn in the point of the cone.

  4. I have never heard of using a paper bag to pop popcorn in the microwave. I would think a paper bag has the same likelihood of catching fire in the microwave as a paper plate or napkin would and we have microwaved those often with no problem. I suppose you add the butter after it’s popped? I really like the convenience aspect of this idea.

  5. I’ve been using the paper bag method for years without incident. It’s an old Weight Watcher’s trick. There was a time when you could buy “gourmet” whole ears of popping corn to pop in the microwave.

    • Kathy,
      You can still get the whole ears of popping corn I just saw some in a gift shop in Texas while visiting a friend. Just need to do a search for it.

  6. We used to use the paper lunch bags to make popcorn with – worked really well ….. the one thing that I didn’t like about it was the wastefulness of the paper bag. We bought one of those microwave popcorn bowls from Wal-Mart and it works really well, too.

    Just had a thought ….. my Mom made me a potato bag (to bake potatoes in the microwave) out of cloth – could a person sew a popcorn bag to pop the popcorn in?????? I’m thinking that the bag might need to be dampened before use, the potatoes are put in the bag wet, to prevent it from catching fire ….. hmmmmm, may have to do a little experimenting. ˚Ü˚

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