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When I gave up plastic in 2011, I stopped eating processed food. That means no snack food unless I make it myself. So as my waste decreased, my diet improved. It’s a win-win! (And I haven’t been sick since 2011. Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe not.)
But I still want snacks, and stovetop popcorn takes about as long to pop as microwave popcorn does—minus the obscene amounts of packaging and unpronounceable ingredients. And I’m pretty sure the zero-waste version costs less too.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (in a large jar for a lower packaging to product ratio)
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (I bought these in bulk in my own container)
- 2 teaspoons salt or to taste (also purchased in bulk)
1. Add salt and coconut oil to the pot. I use a 4-quart pot and it just fits 1/2 cup of popped kernels.
4. Place lid on pot (very important!) and shake the pot occasionally. Once the kernels begin to pop, they finish after a minute or two. The first time I made popcorn this way, I was amazed at the short time it took to pop (not so amazed with how quickly I scarfed it down).
Add melted butter if desired. I don’t think it needs it, but my kids like it. It would probably be good with a sprinkling of garlic powder too (dried garlic powder is on my recipes-to-try-for-my-blog list).
So there you have it. A quick, healthy, delicious and zero-waste snack.
Zero-Waste Stove-Top Popcorn
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
- 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
1. Add salt and coconut oil to a 4-quart pot.
2. Melt coconut oil on medium-high heat.
3. Add popcorn kernels to pot and cover pot with lid.
4. Shake the pot occasionally. Once the kernels begin to pop, they finish after a minute or two.
5. Serve popcorn in a large bowl.