Friday, October 21, 2011

Frugal Find - Healthy Microwave Popcorn in a Bag

Healthy way to make Microwave Popcorn!
After hearing that buying microwave popcorn for your family can potentially harm them because of the chemicals that it contains, we started to make popcorn in the big pot on the stove.  We love popcorn during our family nights (Lil Bro still eats hulless because of the choking hazard!) and sometimes stove top popcorn takes a bit too long when were playing games.  I came across a recipe on line and tried it out! It worked fabulous!

Here are a few reasons I backed away from using store bought microwave popcorn.

Popcorn bags are coated with a fluoride-containing polymer to reduce sticking; when this polymer starts to break down, it generates perfluorooctanoic acid, which has been associated with cancer, as noted in a 1993 article in the "Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine." However, the chemical hasn't been linked to lung cancer, only to prostate and liver cancer.

There is a lung disease risk associated with microwave popcorn. The flavoring in the popcorn contains a chemical called diacetyl, which increases your risk of developing a lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, often colloquially called "popcorn lung."

Read more about it here 

Pour 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels into a lunch bag.

Fold the bag closed.
Put it in the microwave on the popcorn setting or microwave until you hear a few seconds in between pops.
When it is finished put popped popcorn into a bowl.  I had the following amount of kernels left so I put them back in the bag and re microwaved!  After the second popping there were only a few kernels left!
When Big Sis was little Aunt B hid M&M's in the bottom of the bowl and it was a HUGE surprise!  I now carry on the tradition and make popcorn a super fun!  By buying a big bottle of kernels you only pay a few cents for a night time treat + adding a sweet treat that is on sale plus a coupon you still have only paid a nickle or so!
Family night turned into GIRLS NIGHT!
The girls were loving the laid back movie night with a treat while
Landon slept through and Daddy was working on his homework!

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