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How To Make Organic Popcorn At Home

I love natural popcorn, but I don’t love paying $4 a bag to buy organic popcorn. So what’s a gal to do? Make organic popcorn at home, of course!

Here is a home made popcorn recipe that is super easy. You will need organic popcorn kernels, vegetable oil, and a pot. If you like kettle corn, you will also need sugar, and if you like theater popcorn, you can also add in salt and butter, but this basic homemade popcorn recipe will be for making natural popcorn (you can add the frills yourself):

How To Make Natural Home Made Popcorn:

1. Take a pot, and pour in enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom. Personally, I like corn oil because it doesn’t leave any taste, but any will do. Turn the heat on to medium.

2. Pour in the organic popcorn kernels (about 3 tablespoons for a large pot, enough to cover the bottom of the pot in a single layer). Cover the pot with a lid and leave about a 1/2 inch open to vent.

Home made popcorn

3. Once the popping starts, stay close by. When you hear about one pop every 3 seconds, it’s time to turn off the heat so you don’t burn your delicious, homemade natural popcorn!

natural popcorn recipe

4. Salt your popcorn and serve.

organic popcorn

You don’t need to keep moving the pot like you would with traditional stove top popcorn (the kind that comes in aluminum), but you can if you notice there are always a bunch of popcorn kernels that don’t pop. A little shake will bring those organic kernels to the bottom of the pot to sizzle and pop.

Do not try to make popcorn in a slow cooker or crockpot. I tried- after four hours on high, not a single pop.

slowcooker popcorn

Do not use olive oil to make home made popcorn. I tried- the popcorn burned and few of the kernels popped. You can spray oilive oil lightly over the popcorn with misto olive oil sprayer or something similar after your natural popcorn is made, but stick with vegatable oil for actually popping the organic kernels.

  • Zippy

    I can smell it cooking from here. I love popcorn made that way (won’t even TOUCH the stuff from a microwave).

  • lisa

    looks great. i’ve never made popcorn any way except in the microwave 🙂

  • Love it. We use a brown paper sack and the microwave. It works and there is less clean up and you don’t have to use oil 😉

  • Janessa

    My grandpa used to grow a “popcorn garden” and we got to make it like this all the time when I was growing up. I loved it.

  • Yum! I’m not a big popcorn fan but do like it once in a while

  • Melinda

    I laughed about your slow cooker comment, i can’t believe you let it go for 4 hours LOL
    I love my popcorn make on the stovetop, It tastes sooooo good.

  • I’ve done that lots and it’s fun! You just have to be paying attention. 🙂

  • monique

    Interesting. I’m banned from making popcorn cause I always burn it. My mom doesn’t use a lid, but she “shakes” the pot as the popcorn is popping. She doesn’t burn a thing. I’m jealous!

  • Brandy

    I love you for this!! Seriously!! Thanks.

  • Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    Oh this looks good. We love popcorn so thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Mother Mayhem

    LOVE making homemade popcorn, but I haven’t done so in a looong time. The thought of making popcorn in a slow cooker gives me the giggles. 😉

  • Tammy

    We don’t make a lot of popcorn, but when we do, I like using my air popper.

  • This is how my mom always made popcorn when I was a kid.

  • You know I just picked up some kernels the other day in the bulk section! I so need to make some popcorn balls, you got me thinking about getting that going! Thanks for the tip on olive oil I would have used it.

  • Tammy

    cool – thanks for sharing; we’ve popped natural popcorn kernels in the microwave but have never tried it on the stove top.

  • Dee @ Cocktails with Mom

    Big popcorn fans here. It’s usually our weekend treat but its microwaved babe but thanks of sharing another Im sure healthier way of doing it :).

  • Great snack & low calories!