snack series – fool proof popcorn

Apparently it’s pretty common knowledge to be able to make popcorn on the stove top, but if you’re like me and have been eating microwave popcorn for years, then this is for you. Microwave popcorn is obviously not zero waste friendly, but luckily I’ve found a way to make popcorn with a 100% guarantee of no burnt kernels. So today’s edition of the snack series is fool proof popcorn!


Corn kernels are really easy to source without packaging. Bulk buy stores usually sell them super cheap; I buy around 500g to fill up this jar and it costs about $5. Other than the corn kernels, all you need is a bit of oil to create your popcorn!

1/3 of a cup of popcorn kernels
2tbsp of oil
Seasoning of choice

Bulk bought corn kernels

1. Turn stove top on to low-medium heat, add oil to a saucepan and pop the lid on. Allow the oil to get nice and warm.

2. Of the 1/3 cup of kernels, take three single kernels out and place them into the saucepan and make sure they are in the oil. Wait a minute or two until those three kernels have popped.

3. As soon as those three kernels have popped, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the remaining kernels, then let cool for 30 seconds.

4. Wait a few minutes until they pop, once there is a few seconds between pops they will be ready to serve up.

5. Pour the popcorn straight into a bowl to prevent any burning. Then just add the seasoning of your choice, I like a simple pinch of pink salt!

Finished product

By following these instructions, my stove top popcorn is always burn-free. A simple yet moorish treat that is great for movie nights or between meal nibbles. Most importantly, this is a zero waste friendly recipe! This concludes my snack series (for now), as it’s time to move onto making more zero waste switches in my kitchen. But I’ve now got myself four delicious snack recipes to make without the packaging!

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