Popcorn is such a simple and easy snack, but those butter-laden genetically modified versions are best avoided. Did you know that popcorn is actually a healthy, whole-grain, antioxidant-rich snack? It’s also low in calories! Check out these 4 homemade popcorn seasonings for some healthy and delicious popcorn varieties that are sure to spice up your snacking.
First Things First. . .Tips for Perfectly Popped Popcorn
- Use the stove. Airpopped popcorn is fine, but a little oil makes it SO much better.
- Choose an oil based on the flavor you are going for. For example, use coconut oil for Asian or Indian inspired flavors, or olive oil for Italian. Grapeseed oil has a neutral flavor for many varieties of seasonings, whether you’re going for sweet or salty.
- Use a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid. This will distribute heat evenly as well as avoid burnt popcorn. The lid is necessary to trap steam and pop the corn.
- Don’t overfill the pot. If your popcorn gets too crowded, it’s likely to overflow the pot as well as burn on the bottom.
- Don’t crank the heat up too high. Keep the heat at about medium to avoid burning your oil.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment. Because the flavor combinations are endless.
2 tablespoons of good quality oil, like coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, or grapeseed oil
1/2 cup non-GMO popcorn
- Place heavy-bottomed pot on the stove and add oil. Turn heat to medium.
- Test temperature of oil by dripping a few drops of water in the pot. When the water sizzles, the pot is preheated and ready.
- Then, pour in your popcorn, and put the lid on the pot. Occasionally shake the pot gently.
- Once kernels begin to pop, pay close attention. Continue cooking until the popping sound slows to about one pop per five seconds.
- Finally, remove the lid, pour popcorn into a large bowl, and season as desired.