On Friday, I was preparing to make popcorn for my family. We were going to watch Jumaji, the 1995 version with Kirsten Dunst and Robin Williams. Three years ago, we invested in an air popper. I added 2 small scoops of popcorn kernels and turned it on. After 30 seconds, the air popper cuts off and I see smoke! I unplugged it immediately.
My husband smells smoke as he walks into the kitchen. Realizing that the air popper is dead, he tries another method. He pours some pure vegetable oil in a wok pan. I add the popcorn kernels. He heats the kernels over a flame, moving the wok pan around. After 5 minutes, we have freshly popped corn. I added the usual olive oil and sea salt. It was delicious!
How many ways can you make fresh popcorn? The real question is how can you make it healthy? Here are a few tips:
- Don’t buy microwave or processed popcorn. Microwave popcorn and even brands like Jiffy Pop contains hydrogenated oil and other unhealthy ingredients. Don’t sacrifice healthy for quick and easy.
- Invest in an air popper. The price ranges from $20.00 to $35.00. You can order from Amazon or purchase from any department store. Add your favorite ingredients to your freshly popped corn.
- Make your own. As I mentioned, we made delicious popcorn on the stove top with olive oil and sea salt. Baked Bree and Food Babe also have great recipes.
Whatever your popcorn preference, it’s best to make your own. With GMOs and other artificial additives that exist, you want to play it safe. With more of winter on it’s way, snuggle up with your loved ones with a bucket and your favorite flicks.