Healthier, Homemade Microwave Popcorn Using a Catamount Corn Popper

My husband and I received the Catamount Corn Popper and a package of seasonings from my Grammy last Christmas.

At first, I was a little perplexed by this contraption, but upon a quick Google, I learned that this was going to be a way for me to enjoy one of my favorite snacks without all the weird chemicals and fattening oils that’s in the microwave bag popcorn. Also, it’s a cheaper way to enjoy popcorn. Before, I would spend about $4.99 on a 6-bag box of Movie Theater Butter Popcorn … now, I spent $3 on a huge bottle of popping corn and it’ll last me 3x as long.

So, I gave it a try for the first time this weekend and was so pleased by the ease of use and the taste of the popcorn. Here’s a photo series of the experience:

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1/3 cup of popping corn makes about the same as a  regular-sized microwave popcorn bag.

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Polish: Sally Hansen’s Man-go Tango!

Pour unseasoned popping corn directly into the glass popper.

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It suggests putting a few tablespoons of butter on the top to melt over the kernels while it pops – I used “I can’t believe it’s not butter.” Probably just as bad for you as real butter, or worse, lol, but this is all that I had in the fridge.

Next time, I’ll buy organic kernels and healthier butter.

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Three tablespoons of butter. It lightly coated the entire bowl of popcorn. I’d say this was the perfect amount.

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Place in microwave. It took mine about 4 minutes to pop … but it says in the instructions only 2:45. Reviewers have said that it takes too long to pop; that the corn burns before theirs is finished popping, and I can see why some have said that. I stopped mine before it finished with all the kernels cause I was afraid mine would burn too. However, it was well worth wasting a few tablespoons of un-popped kernels to have fresh, healthier popcorn.

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Watch a video of it popping here (or click the screenshot above): https://www.dropbox.com/s/srot2gm0gtlkoeu/IMG_9155.MOV

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Michael wanted to season our bowl with Country Butter powder. I didn’t read the instructions first, and used the whole packet at once. Oops. It was nasty, so I tossed it all out and made a fresh batch with just the melted butter. LIGHT, FLUFFY, AMAZING. Didn’t need seasoning at all – nor salt or extra butter. Perfect. You could really tell there was no oil or chemicals used. Yum.

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The gross batch … too much seasoning. #fail

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The unseasoned batch  … YUM! #success

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So good. Diet saved.

2 thoughts on “Healthier, Homemade Microwave Popcorn Using a Catamount Corn Popper

  1. Pingback: How to Make Popcorn in a Brown Paper Sack (Hint: It’s SUPER Easy!) | mrs. & the misc.

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