Home made popcorn, less than half the price of shop bought
Was poking about in the Armageddon cupboard today whilst writing a meal plan for next week and trying to use some existing stocks. While poking about and mentally constructing meals, I decided to use some popcorn. Idly reading the instructions, I noticed that it could be done in the microwave, so I though I would have a go, having previously always done it on the hob.
Home Made Popcorn
60g is a couple of handfuls. I was going to use a plate, but wasn’t sure it would stand up to the length of cooking time with not much moisture in there. I didn’t want to crack it, so I used cling film over the top of the bowl.
Mike likes the salted savoury popcorn version, so I sprinkled over salt, and ground lots of pepper, but it all kept falling to the bottom of the bowl. So I melted in a tablespoon of butter, and mixed it all well, which worked beautifully. You could use any fat of course, including a vegan spread or coconut.
What was the savoury popcorn like?
I said to Mike that it would be best eaten today, to which he replied that it shouldn’t be a problem. It was all gone within the hour!
This is a quick and healthy snack which could be used in packed lunch boxes too.
Variations of home made popcorn
Well there are lots of those! Butter (or non-dairy spread) flavoured with very finely chopped rosemary, mint or oregano. Or flavour your butter with tandoori spice, or any other curry spices. Or try some peanut butter melted in; Marmite; white miso or tomato puree
I tried some recently dressing the popped corn with porcini powder, Parmesan, Aleppo pepper and butter. Divine! Deeply savoury and a little bit warm from the pepper
Or for sweet versions use honey, maple syrup, agave, jaggery, crunchy demerara or anything else you fancy.
After my experience with the salt and pepper, I would recommend any dry flavourings are moistened with a little butter to make them stick.
- 60 g popcorn Asda 500g/£1.25, 15p
- salt and pepper
- 1 tblsp butter £1.55/250g, 9p
- Put the popcorn in a microwaveable bowl and cover.
- I was going to use a plate, but wasn’t sure it would stand up to the length of cooking time with not much moisture in there. I didn’t want to crack it, so I used cling film over the top of the bowl.
- Now, microwave at 800 watts for 4-5 minutes. I had to turn my microwave
power down. If you can’t turn yours down, just keep an eye on them.
- They will take a little while to start, but when they do it's fast and furious. There are always kernels that refuse to pop, and I haven't yet found a way to make them.
- Remove all the popped kernels from the bowl and dress with the butter, melted, and salt and pepper
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one