Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas goodies....popping up all over

Christmas is just a week away, and time really is of the essence....there isn't much to go around. Here is another easy recipe that can be made for the family or packaged up for friends and loved ones that is very quick and easy. In addition, you will be using items that are Food Storage Staples!

Here is the recipe for Microwave Popcorn (Recipe courtesy of Ann Marie Bridges)

2 Cups unpopped popcorn
1 Cup brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Stick Margarine
1/4 C dark (or light depending upon preference) Karo Syrup
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

Instructions: Melt margarine in a microwave-safe bowl and add everything but the soda (and popcorn). Boil in the microwave (2 minutes time). Take out, add Baking soda and blend well. Put popped corn in either: a large paper bag, or large plastic bowl. Pour sauce over popcorn (Shake if using a bag, stir well if using a bowl). Microwave for 1.5 minutes on high; remove from Microwave and shake/stir. Microwave on high for an additional 1.5 minutes; remove and shake/stir. Microwave on high for a final 30 seconds. Remove and shake/stir. Spread on wax paper to cool.

Well I tried it in the microwave with a bag....and here is what it was like:

Pop your kernels. Here I am choosing to use a hot-air popper, but you can use a pan if you choose to do so. I would not suggest microwave popcorn as it is already flavored. Just and FYI, I purchased this Hot-Air Popper last year at a Nationally-known Drug Store Chain for.....$10.00!

It's really popping now!

Pour your popped popcorn into your bag or bowl.

Pour the sauce over the popcorn. Shake the bag or stir the bowl....very well.

Place bowl or bag into the microwave for the cycles listed above. Be sure to shake/stir well between the microwaving cycles. In a Bowl, really scrape the bottom of the bowl to avoid burning.

Spread the Carmel-corn on wax paper to cool.

Package it any way you wish!

Lessons learned by the LRH:

1. Check the size of your microwave. I only made half a batch and I had to stop the microwave and turn the bag because my oven is small.

2. This can easily burn if you don't stir it well. So don't think you can take a shortcut on that step.

3. I will most likely use the bowl method because of the size of my Microwave.

4. Make enough for your won't last long!

Christmas Gift!

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