Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. Usually when the kids have friends over or we have a movie night, our go to snack is a huge bowl of popcorn. Most people are shocked that I don’t use microwave popcorn…but once you make it on the stove top, you will NEVER eat microwave popcorn again.
Even though microwave popcorn is convenient, you wouldn’t think they could be dangerous to your health, but it is. The bag itself is lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid ( PFOA). This is a toxin you can find in Teflon also. After being heated, this toxic chemical is known to cause infertility and cancer in lab animals. The EPA lists this chemical as a known carcinogen.
Okay, now let’s talk about what’s inside. Although every manufacturer uses slightly different ingredients, most of them use soybean oil (a GMO product) as well as various preservatives such as propyl gallate, a chemical that is causes stomach problems and skin rashes. You can almost be sure the corn is GMO. Even if they don’t use GMO corn, you can bet they aren’t using organic corn!
Also, applied to the popcorn itself, is a chemical called diacetyl. Use of this chemical caused Conagra Foods to remove it from their brand of popcorn, ACT, because it was causing lung diseases in the workers at their factory.
Okay, now throw out all those boxed of microwave popcorn and get ready to make the best popcorn of your life!
What you need?
- Heavy pot
- 1 cup Non-GMO popcorn
- about 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (or less depending on the size of you pan)
Put the coconut oil in a heavy pan and turn on medium heat. Allow coconut oil to melt. Pour 1 cup of popcorn on bottom of pan. The oil should be just enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and so should the popcorn. Let it heat up. Once you hear the first kernel pop, it’s time to start shaking. Shake, shake and shake some more. (Remember Jiffy Pop….just like that!) When the popcorn begins to stop popping, its ready. It can burn really easily on the bottom, so make sure you keep shaking until its done.
Pour into a large bowl. You can add butter and sea salt if you desire.
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