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popcornI love the smell of microwave popcorn. I love how it lingers in the house until morning, tempting me to have another bag before lunch. It turns out that that fresh butter smell is completely simulated. A chemical called Diacetyl, which smells like real butter and can be very dangerous. Diacetyl can cause a serious lung disease, previously known to effect popcorn factory workers, but now believed to threaten consumers as well. What's the alternative? Eating less popcorn? I don't think so. suggests dumping this store-bought poison in favor of a homemade version. I didn't know that you could make your own microwave popcorn, but they explain it quite simply. All you need are some organic kernels, a paper lunch bag, and staples or tape. You'll have to test things a bit to see the ideal cooking time for your microwave, but once you get the hang of it, this could be just as easy as the real (or not so real) thing.


  • Josh

    Can you put staples in the microwave? Won't they spark?

  • Francesca Clarke

    Hi Josh,
    I worried about the same thing, but apparently they do not (in most cases). If you're concerned, a bit of tape will work just as well.

  • noza

    Staples are fine in the microwave. I have made microwave popcorn by putting 1/3 cup kernels in a brown lunch sack, folding, and stapling the top for years, in many microwaves, with no problem.

    I've even accidentally left a metal spoon in the microwave -- it doesn't spark but it does get really, really, really hot.

  • jd

    Well, popcorn lovers, the good news is that Boy Scouts are in the middle of their popcorn fundraising drive and Trails-End/Wagner Popcorn has certified that their popcorn is Diacetyl free.

    So you can enjoy your popcorn and help the scouts at the same time!

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