Homemade microwave popcorn is just as easy as store bought popcorn. But, by making it yourself you can save 79% over the cost of store bought. Since we go through a fair amount of popcorn, I figured it was worth making our own to save money as well as make one of our favorite snacks healthier.
In order for this to work for our household, we needed to make it just as easy as grabbing a store-bought bag and popping it in the microwave. Now that we’ve done this several times I can confidently say that not only is this just as simple as making a bag of store bought popcorn, but it tastes better, is healthier and is way less expensive.
* Brown lunch bags
* 2-lbs of popcorn kernels
* 1/4 cup measuring cup
Here’s how we do it:
* Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a brown bag
* Fold the top of the bag over two or three times
* Place the bag in the microwave and microwave until the popping of kernels slows. We tend to get the best results by microwaving for 1 minute and 45 seconds, but time varies according to your microwave.
We like to store brown bags with kernels that are ready to go in a popcorn basket that we purchased at the dollar store. This makes it just as easy as store-bought popcorn. Even easier, actually, if you account for the time it takes you to wrestle with the plastic wrap on store bought popcorn.
We can’t fit 19 bags of popcorn in that container, so we also use a tall tupperware container to store the remaining kernels and the measuring cup to make things super easy on ourselves. The brown bags are stored right next to the popcorn container.
You can reuse the brown bags! We do all the time. After you microwave the popcorn, there will be a bit of oil on the bottom of the bag. That is completely normal. If we know we’re going to make more than one bag in a night (movie nights), we reuse the same bag two or three times.
The numbers below are based on purchasing 2 lbs of kernels for $1.88 and 50 brown lunch bags for $1. The price would be even lower if you account for using each brown bag at least twice. But for the sake of simplicity, we’ll just go with using each bag once.
Cost per bag:
Total cost per serving: $0.12
Cheapest 3-pack Popcorn in Store: $0.56 per bag or $1.68/box
Price per Homemade Bag: $0.12
Savings per bag: $0.44 or 79%
How much can you Save in a Year?
Cost of store-bought popcorn per year, assuming you purchase one 3-bag box per week: $87.36
A year worth of popcorn if using homemade: $15.60
If you purchase one 3-pack of popcorn per week, your savings over the course of a year are: $71.76
Not bad. Not bad at all.
We are so happy that we made the switch to making our own homemade microwave popcorn. Due to the way we store the bags, it truly is just as easy as making a store bought bag of popcorn. My husband thought I was crazy at first for trying this, but now he doesn’t notice a difference.
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