Modern consumers have high expectations of all of their food products, so why should it be any different for popcorn? Fortunately, this natural microwave product is ready to deliver them the wholesomeness they desire, but do it without sacrificing texture or taste. This product is made from high-quality snow white popcorn that pops up nice and fluffy each and every time it’s popped. Its kernels have less hull than smaller varieties, so they can deliver the large size that consumers demand. And since this popcorn is made without any hydrogenated oils, without any trans-fats, and without any gluten, it’s a healthy product to eat.
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A Guide To Microwave Popcorn
Microwave popcorn has received a sort of a bum rap over the past several years. People have complained that they don’t feel that this product compares to the quality level of the popcorn that can be made on the stove top or in a popcorn machine. And frankly speaking, that is simply not true. If you select the best microwave popcorn available, then you can end up with a delicious bowl of popcorn that is 100% as good as popcorn made using any other popcorn method.
To help restore the reputation of microwave popcorn, we’ve decided to put together this little guide. Not only will we dispel the myths often associated with this product, but we’ll also show you just about easy it is to make this product for your friends and family. So, if you’re ready for use to drop some information on you, then let’s get started talking about this great product.
Top Microwave Popcorn Myths
Microwave Popcorn Contains Diacetyl: Let’s be perfectly clear here, microwave popcorn used to contain the chemical diacetyl—a product that has been associated with various lung disorders when it’s breathed in. However, microwave popcorn manufactured today doesn’t contain that ingredient because most manufacturers began phasing it out of their products in 2007 after a variety of lawsuits were launched. Now, most brands are free of this ingredient, so consumers can enjoy their popcorn with confidence.
- Microwave Popcorn Is Unhealthy: Although it’s true that most microwave popcorns contain butter and/or salt, most microwave popcorn is a healthy snack that can be enjoyed with confidence. Most movie theater popcorn varieties are anywhere from 35 calories to 40 calories a cup, and there are many varieties which don’t have any added salt. The consumer should be picky about what type of microwave popcorn they buy, but they shouldn’t feel like there aren’t healthy choices out there because there are. Besides, popcorn is high in fiber and has antioxidants in it that can be a healthy part of any diet.
- Microwave Popcorn Contains PFAOs: This myth used to be based in fact but isn’t anymore. PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid, is an ingredient that’s been added to candy wrappers, fast food burger wrappers, pizza box liners, and yes, it was even used in microwave popcorn bags. However, since 2007, popcorn manufacturers have been aggressively removing this chemical from their popcorn bags. As a result, bag manufacturers have recently confirmed that these bags no longer contain this chemical.
- Any Popcorn Can Be Popped In Any Bag: One of the biggest myths is that a person can buy ordinary popcorn kernels and place them in a paper bag for microwaving. This is simply not safe because not only do you not know what chemicals may be introduced to the popcorn by the plain paper bag but it may also catch fire. If you don’t want to buy ordinary microwave popcorn, then buy a special bowl for the microwaving of standard popcorn. That’s a lot safer of a solution than placing kernels in a lunch bag.
Microwave Popcorn Cooking Tips
Okay, now that we’ve dispelled some of the myths around this product and have selected the best microwave popcorn for our homes, it’s now time to pop that corn into a delicious and fluffy snack. Here’s how to do it:
- Always use a clean microwave to make popcorn.
- Microwave a cup of water for 30-seconds prior to popping corn (make sure to remove it before making the popcorn, however.)
- Always make sure that you make the popcorn before its “Best By” date.
- Make sure to remove the popcorn’s plastic overwrap before popping.
- Never use the popcorn button to microwave popcorn.
- Never leave popcorn in the microwave unattended.
- Pop the product according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Give the bag a little shake before opening to distribute its contents.
- Be careful when removing the popcorn from the microwave and when opening it.
- Pour the popcorn in a bowl to distribute the flavorings and create a tastier popcorn.
Add Our Special Seasoning
If you really want to take your microwave popcorn up a notch, then pour it into a bowl and pour our special seasoning over it. Here’s how to make it:
Parmesan Garlic Herb Shake
- 5-Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1-Teaspoon of garlic salt
- 1-Teaspoon of Basil
- 1-Teaspoon of Oregano
- 1/2-Teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Mix all of these ingredients together and place into an empty salt shaker. When your microwave popcorn comes out of the microwave, pour it into a bowl and shake our Parmesan Garlic Herb Shake on it. Now you’re in store for a truly epic movie night.