Ooooo! Popped Corn!
Posted by terrepruitt on August 21, 2014
In 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. Then 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:
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
Vitamin B-6 0.059mg
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)?