Frugal Food Recipes: How to Make Your Own Popcorn

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Jennie here. 

Recently, Ivan and I have been trying to cut down on our junk food habit. One way we’ve learned to combat our former craving for potato chips is to pop our own popcorn kernels instead. It’s low calories, has whole grains, some fiber, and crunch - it’s a hard snack to beat!

For the last 16 Sundays, I’ve been forced to keep Ivan company as he watches the latest season of Twin Peaks. I can’t begin to convey my frustration with this series. I have no idea what the hell is going on or where it’s all going. However, one of my favorite part of our routine is that we get to hang out together and eat popcorn as we get sucked into the universe of David Lynch

Popcorn is the ultimate date-night snack for us. And we prefer to pop our own popcorn on the stovetop because it’s cheap and the options to customize are almost infinite. And that's practically snack freedom to me.

Here are just a handful of flavor options that come to mind:

  • Sriracha
  • Pesto
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar (just add a tad bit of sugar to the oil before adding in the popcorn kernels)
  • Garlic and salt

Depending on your mood - you could make something plain to snack on, something sweet for dessert, or like in my single days -- you can just have it as a meal with a glass of wine when you’re too lazy to cook. 

My favorite seasoning to use is the Shin Ramen powder left over from Monday’s recipe. It’s spicy, savory, and tastes almost like a full meal (Editor’s Note: See what I mean? This girl has a ramen problem). 

How To Make Your Own
Popped Popcorn At Home

Oh, and these photos look great, right?! These are actually our photos. #ShinRamenPopcorn4Ever

  1. Buy a cheap $2.00 bag of unpopped popcorn from anywhere. My personal favorite is from Trader Joe's.
  2. Heat up 1/2 a tablespoon of oil in a non-stick pan (ideally, a deep one).
  3. Once the oil is hot add in a few tablespoons of popcorn kernels.
  4. Cover. And let them pop until they stop crackling. 
  5. Open the Shin Ramen seasoning packet and sprinkle ⅕ of the packet over the freshly popped popcorn; toss to lightly coat and add more seasoning if desired. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe!