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Ooooo! Popped Corn!

Posted by terrepruitt on August 21, 2014

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesIn 2009 I posted a blog post about cooking popcorn in a pot.  I was pretty smug because I could do it.  And it came out really good.  I could use a tiny pot, the smallest one we have, and end up with at least two good sized bowls of popcorn.  I think I jinxed myself!  I have had an almost impossible time popping popcorn in a pot.  Hmmmmm . . . . it just occurred to me that maybe my popcorn is old.  Does that make a difference?  Actually, I should say, my popcorn IS old, does that make a difference? I am not a fan of all the “stuff” they put in microwave popcorn.  Also, I actually not to use my microwave that much.  I use it, it is convenient, but if I can I would rather use another appliance.  But apparently I can’t any longer.  Sigh.  I don’t know what it is.  Probably old popcorn.  Now that I think of that I will have to buy new popcorn.  I have been wanting popcorn though, but not wanting to try to cook it because of my awful results I have had.  Today, I found some microwave  popcorn I thought I would try.

Have you ever gone into a grocery store and thought about buying something, then changed your mind and not bought it.  But then on the way home you are thinking about having it when you get home.  You are looking forward to making it and eating it or opening the package and eating it or whatever . . . just having it.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesThen you get home and you realize you didn’t get it?  That is sort of what happened to me.  I was looking at the already popped bagged popcorn . . . ya know like Smartfood or something.  But I didn’t want to buy that because I try to avoid Canola oil.  I saw one that used Olive Oil and I was going to try that, but it said it had pepper in it . . . .and you know (perhaps) that I don’t like pepper.  I knew that it would be too hot.   So then I started looking at the popcorn to see if there was some organic kind.  And I saw the organic popcorn that you microwave.  Really?  Just a few ingredients so I thought I would try it.

It was late, I went out for coffee after my morning Nia class, and I was hungry.  As I was putting my bags in the trunk I looked at one bag that had a few items in it.  Then I looked at my other bag and I thought, “What?  Where is my popcorn?  Did he put all my veggies on the bag?  How is that possible that all of the veggies and that puffy bag of popcorn fit in one bag with room still?”  So I moved the lettuce which revealed the BOX of microwave popcorn and thought, “Well, I guess I won’t be eating any of that on the way home!”

Anyway . . . the popcorn was really good.  I think.  I popped well, and wasn’t greasy.  It didn’t have any “butter” on it.  I liked it.  According to The USDA Agricultural Research Service’s web site there is 31 calories in a cup of air-popped popcorn.  The package from the popcorn I bought says the same thing(-ish).  You can see the rest of the nutritional info from the package in the picture.  The National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference says:

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex City of San Jose, San Jose Group Ex classesNutrient per 3 cups (24 grams)

Energy/kcal     92
Protein     2.88g
Fat     1.01g
Carbohydrate     18.70g
Fiber, total dietary     3.6g

Calcium, Ca     2mg
Iron, Fe     0.64mg
Magnesium, Mg     31mg
Phosphorus, P     72mg
Potassium, K     72mg
Sodium, Na     1mg
Zinc, Zn     0.83mg

Thiamin     0.049mg
Riboflavin     0.068mg
Niacin     0.467mg
Vitamin B-6     0.059mg

Cholesterol     0mg

So for a snack food it is relatively low in calorie and high in fiber.  Low in fat and cholesterol.  Of course, cooking it in oil and adding butter adds more calories and fat.  I like it both ways.  Sometimes I want light and salty and sometimes I want a heavier snack so the butter is better.  But, as I said, I haven’t been able to cook it properly in a long time so I have not had it in a long time.

My husband doesn’t like popcorn.  Not even the smell.  So I usually try to have it while he is not home.

What about you?  Do you like popcorn?  Do you microwave it?  How about the grocery store . . . do you think about eating something you were going to buy then didn’t (and forgot you didn’t buy it)?


2 Responses to “Ooooo! Popped Corn!”

  1. Sonja said

    I am a popcorn fanatic. I enjoy many different spice seasonings and mix them up. I did learn that you can take a 1/4 cup of kernels, put them in a brown paper bag, fold the end, and turn on the microwave. no oil no butter, and they all pop. I thought that microwave stuff they sell had the necessary oil, NOPE, it was just the internal temperature that makes it pop. I hate the smell of microwave packaged corn with that fake butter smell, yech…. So anyway, if you want to try it, it works. The main way I do my popcorn is to air pop and then add my butter and seasonings afterward. You can try a brand called Frontier popcorn seasoning, it is amazing. I buy the cheddar and the Cheddar spice. The difference is garlic pretty much for the Frontier brand ($15 for a HUGE package). I also add tumeric and sugar, a dash of ginger. I use a Princess House shaker for the mix with a Silica gel drying pack to keep it powdery. My sister in law begs me to bring the popcorn spice down for her when we travel to LA, Enjoy.


    • Sonja –
      I always LOVE the popcorn at your house. I usually eat that at your parties.

      I heard that about a brown paper bag too, but I need to buy some brown paper bags AND popcorn. Oooooo! I think it is Frontier that sell some pepper I want to get. Christine gave it to me. I think . . . too rushed right now to go look, but it is smoked pepper I think.

      Yup. Love your popcorn. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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