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
First, 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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