Have you ever wondered about the best way to make microwavable popcorn? It seems like it either ends up burning or there are too many kernels left in the bag. Follow these tips for the perfect bag of microwaveable popcorn.
Never Rely on the Pre-set Popcorn Button!
It is awfully tempting to hit the pre-set popcorn button and wait until the buzzer goes off. Yet this is a risky way to make microwaveable popcorn. Most microwaves are built with a popcorn setting that is limited to one cooking time. Furthermore, they do not allow the microwave's humidity sensor to kick in. As a result, the microwave will not be able to tell when the popcorn is burning. Always consult the back of the bag for the appropriate cooking time.
Water is Your Friend
Adding some moisture to your microwave will produce fluffy and delicious popcorn. Microwave a cup of water for a minute to increase your microwave's humidity. Once the minute is up, put your bag of popcorn into the microwave as soon as possible so you can take advantage of the newly created humid environment.
Remain Close to the Microwave
You might have heard that it is dangerous to stand in front of a microwave. Yet that urban legend is nothing but a bald faced lie. Remain within a reasonable range of your microwave as you cook up your popcorn. Once the amount of time in between pops reaches two seconds, it is time to remove the bag and dig in.
Consider Getting rid of the Bag Altogether
Plenty of people ditch the bag in favor of a microwave-safe glass bowl. Put your kernels in the bowl and cover it with a ceramic dish or a microwave-safe cover. Some food covers come with built-in vents that prevent steam from building up in the bowl. Give this popping method a shot and you'll likely find that it produces some amazingly fluffy popcorn. Also, don't be afraid to experiment. Try adding some butter, oil or salt to the bowl's bottom before pouring in the kernels.
Your Smartphone Might be Able to Help
Popcorn lovers who own an iPhone should give the Perfect Pop app a try. It will let you know when the popcorn is fully popped and ready to eat. All you have to do is turn on the app and place the phone in the vicinity of the microwave. It will monitor the sound of the popping corn to determine when it is ready.
Give it a Good Shake
Shake the bag after the kernels have popped. This movement allows the oil and salt to be spread out as evenly as possible. Don't dig right into the bag after you shake it up. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl so you don't have to grease up your hands and arms by reaching directly into the top of the bag.