Homemade popcorn is one of the cheapest snacks out there. In my opinion, homemade popcorn blows microwave popcorn out of the water taste-wise. And it is so much cheaper.
The Cost = $.23
I bought a big bag of popcorn for $1.80. I used about 1/2 cup to make a large bowl of popcorn, which cost me approximately 13 cents. Add in about 10 cents for the oil, and you have one of the cheapest snack recipes ever!
Making Oil-Popped Popcorn Taste Even Better
To customize your popcorn, play around with different seasonings, spices, and add-ins. Here are some that I like:
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Smoked paprika
- Dry ranch dressing mix
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Hot sauce (combined with melted butter to avoid soggy popcorn)
- Butter infused with rosemary or other fresh herbs
This recipe is part of the $10 Food Day series: Four recipes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack) that will feed a family of four for less than $10 for the entire day. View the other recipes:
- Breakfast: Berry baked oatmeal
- Lunch: Tomato and lentil soup
- Dinner: Amazing three-ingredient pasta sauce
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Sea Salt Popcorn Recipe
Yield: 4 large servings
Cook Time: 3 to 4 minutes
Once you get the hang of making popcorn on the stovetop, you'll never go back to the microwave variety.
1/2 to 2/3 cup unpopped popcorn (or enough to cover the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan)
2 tablespoons oil (I used coconut oil, but vegetable or canola oil also work well. I would not recommend using olive oil for popcorn making.)
1 pinch fine grain sea salt
Start with a medium saucepan with a lid (a 3-quart size saucepan works well). Place enough popcorn to cover the bottom of the saucepan (this will be a little more than 1/2 cup, most likely). Pour in 2 tablespoons of oil, and rotate the pan to evenly coat. Add a pinch of sea salt and cover the pan.
Turn the stove on to medium-high heat. Shake the pan every 20 seconds or so to evenly distribute kernels and to avoid burning. The popcorn kernels will begin to pop after about 2 minutes. Continue popping until there is a second or two between pops. Remove from heat and keep the cover on for a bit, as some stray kernals may still pop. Pour into a large bowl, and add melted butter and additional sea salt, if desired.