I almost feel silly posting this because it’s so amazingly simple, but I remember how frightening the thought of making stove top popcorn seemed to me before I made it for the first time. I loved the idea of throwing in a bag of microwave popcorn, and figured as long as I got the organic stuff I was in the clear. And while the organic stuff is still better than conventional I still had to pay close attention to labels.
Two of my big concerns with some microwave popcorn:
1. Dyacetyl: This is a chemical used to make the butter flavoring in many (not all) bags of microwave popcorn. Some popcorn factory workers have developed bronchiolitis obliterans (a lung condition) after prolonged exposure to the dyacetyl used for flavoring. Some brands of popcorn have since ceased using dyacetyl in their popcorn due to this problem. If you do buy microwave popcorn that contains dyacetyl, it would be wise to open the bag away from your face so not to inhale this chemical.
2. PFOA: Many microwave popcorn bags are coated with a chemical which breaks down and forms the chemical perfluorooctanoic (PFOA). PFOA is a known carcinogen
So here is how I make stove top popcorn.
- 1/4 cup organic popcorn seeds (you can use any popcorn but I like heirloom organic popcorn from Tropical Traditions)
- 1-2 TBS coconut oil(I buy Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from tropical traditions < affiliated link *see note below)However, if you are trying coconut oil for the first time and are looking for a less expensive brand you may want to try this brand. Tropical Traditions is by far my favorite brand though.
- sea or himilayan salt
- grass fed organic butter (optional)
- Simply melt a little coconut oil on low in a big pot.
- Pour your popcorn kernels into the pot, cover, then turn burner to medium/high heat.
- Gently shake the pot over the burner and keep heating.
- Once the popcorn popping slows to several seconds between popping empty the popcorn into a bowl.
- If you want to add melted butter at this point you can do so but I find that the coconut oil gives it plenty of flavor.
- Add salt and enjoy!
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