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Make Your Own Popcorn Without a Popcorn Popper

Popcorn poppers and microwaveable bags are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Here’s how to get perfect results when you pop your own kernels (plus recipes for gourmet flavor combos!).
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Popcorn poppers and microwaveable bags are convenient, but they’re not necessary. Here’s how to get perfect results when you pop your own kernels.

On the Stove Top
Use a paper towel to spread 2 tsp. vegetable or olive oil over bottom of a medium or large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1/4 cup popcorn kernels, cover pan, and cook undisturbed over medium-low heat until popping becomes vigorous. Once popping starts to slow, give the pan a shake, and remove from heat. When popping has slowed to 2- to 3-second intervals between pops, transfer to serving bowl.

In the Microwave
Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a flat-bottomed brown paper lunch bag, and seal the bag by folding the top lip over twice (do not staple). Place bag on its flat side in microwave, and heat 2 to 3 minutes on high power, or until popping slows to 2- to 3-second intervals between pops. Alternatively, place kernels in a medium microwave-safe bowl and set a microwave-safe plate on top to seal.

Use It
Got freshly popped kernels? Throw together one of these 5-ingredient gourmet popcorn combos (or try our readers' favorite popcorn toppings):

Toffee-Almond Popcorn (pictured)

Jalapeño-Lime Popcorn (pictured)

Truffle-Porcini Popcorn

Pistachio and Pink Pepper Popcorn

Sweet Sesame Popcorn