As I was walking down the chip aisle at the grocery store, I spied the bags of popcorn kernels and another pin came shooting back into my brain – making your own microwave popcorn in a paper bag. So I scooped up a package.

It works!  I put a 1/4 cup of naked kernels in the paper bag and microwaved it for 2.5 minutes. Voila – a nice hot bag of fresh popcorn. Of course it deperately needed some spicing up with butter and salt.

One thing I did notice was that there were a lot of unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bag. So to experiment, I tried another batch, but this time nuked it for 3 minutes. Still lots of unpopped kernels. In fact, I got curious and measured out just how many were left: 2 TBSPs!  Thats half the amount I started with! And the extra cook time did not result in any fewer unpopped kernels as I had expected.

But have you ever checked how many kernels are left unpopped in a bag of store bought microwave popcorn?  You can’t even see how many you start out with to be able to compare. But, at $1.69 for a 2 lb bag of the store brand of kernels, you can’t beat the price!