How To... Pop Perfect Popcorn

It might sound corny, but there really is a little art and a little science to get the best results from your microwave popcorn-in-a-bag! We have the details for you right here.

Step 1: Start fresh

eating-microwave-popcorn.jpgFirst, be sure your bag of popcorn isn't past the sell-by date. Old, dried-out kernels won't pop.

Step 2: Water your corn

Before microwaving the popcorn, place 1 cup of water in the microwave and run for one minute (then throw the now-hot water in the sink). The added moisture from the steam you made will allow for the most efficient and complete popping of the bag of popcorn.

Step 3: Stand by & listen

Cook the bag of popcorn according to package directions -- but stay right there at the microwave so you can shut it off as soon as the pops slow down (less than about 2 seconds between pops), even if that means you're only popping for about 2/3 of the suggested cooking time.

Step 4: Shake, shake, shake

Once the corn is popped, shake the bag well before opening, so all of the salt and oil is evenly distributed onto the kernels.

Step 5: Open it up

Carefully open the bag so you don't get burned by the steam.

Step 6: Get a big bowl

Pour the popcorn into a large bowl (so that you don't get greasy up to your elbow from digging around in the bag).

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Comments on "How to make perfect microwave popcorn"

T August 24, 2013 | 11:09 PM

# 1 a must but eliminate #2 and instead before removing the outer bag, beat the heck out of the bag massage it to seperate and coat the the kernels with the solidified oil. #3 good skip # 4 and go right to # 5 OPEN IMEDIATELY and go right to #6 AND POUR ONTO A BIG TRAY OR BOWL AND STIR GETTING RID OF THE STEAM (Remember STEAM IS THE ENEMY OF POPPED CORN, hence elimination of #2) Now #6 salt and butter to your delight.

Michelle December 22, 2012 | 9:20 AM

Yum yum yum! I love popcorn and am excited to utilize these tricks! I can't tell you how many times I've burned it :(

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