Today is my first attempt at my new weekly segment called Cooking with Collin that features a favorite frugal recipe of mine (or a favorite of a Hip2Save reader). This first recipe I am going to feature is something that I LOVE to munch on at night and I can actually eat the whole bowl! Yes, I have done this on numerous occasions. 🙂 Any guesses?!
Why of course, Popcorn!
And, no, I am not going to tell you about a deal you can score on Pop-Secret or Jolly Time… but I’m actually going to tell you how you can make your own popcorn at home. You don’t need any sort of contraption… just a large Pan with a Lid. Now I will admit, I was pretty intimidated about even trying to make homemade popcorn at first. But now I am a popcorn popping fool and you will soon be too! 😉
Alright, so here is the recipe…
3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil* (or any oil of your choice)
*I love using Coconut Oil as it gives the popcorn a slightly sweet taste (shhhh…don’t tell anyone as this is my super secret ingredient! 😉 )!
1/2 cup of Popcorn Kernels
Salt to taste
Put 3 tablespoons of oil in a large pan and cook on medium heat. Add salt… and don’t be stingy! Add one popcorn kernel and cover your pan.
Once the kernel pops, remove it… now you know that the oil is ready. Add the 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to your pan. Make sure the pan lid is tilted slightly to let steam escape. Now in a rocking motion move the pan back and forth over the burner. The kernels will start popping soon!
Once the popping slows, remove the pan from the burner. This is the hardest part of the whole process as you can easily burn the popcorn if you don’t remove it in time. I personally think it’s best to remove the popcorn before you think it’s done that way you’ll have a better chance of it not burning AND kernels will still be popping even when you remove it from the heat.
Wasn’t that easy?! Now you can go enjoy a bowl of delicious, freshly popped popcorn! Oh and if you have any popcorn seasoning ideas, please share in the comments! I would love to try out some new popcorn variations! Thanks!
If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to share or maybe you are looking for a specific recipe, please send an email to cookingwithcollin@hip2save(dot)com. If you are submitting a recipe, please provide a list of the necessary ingredients, step by step instructions, any photos that you may have, and the source of the recipe (i.e. name of the cookbook, web-site etc.).
Also, if you’re in need of some new recipes?! You may want to check out these recipe sites…
* Back of the Box recipes
* Joy of Baking