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Susan M. Selasky: Don’t pop corn in a brown paper bag

QUESTION: Can you make popcorn in a paper bag in the microwave? ANSWER: This is a fine time for this question because it ‘s National Popcorn Popping Month. In short-change, the answer to your question is this : Experts do n’t recommend it, but magazines and websites character it enough.

RECIPE: Recipe : White-Chocolate Caramel Corn with Cashews In the by several months or so, I ‘ve seen mentions of the method acting in magazines. The most recent was in the September offspring of Everyday Food magazine. And, of naturally, you can find equitable about anything on-line. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service ( www.fsis.usda.gov ) says never use brown university paper bags in the microwave. Kathy Bernard, technical foul information specialist for the USDA ‘s Meat and Poultry Hotline, says it ‘s because they “ do n’t know what ( the bag ) are made of, what can cook out of them and many are made from recycling. ” The Popcorn Board supports the USDA stance. The circuit board suggests that folks use a pan with a lid on the stovetop. other items not to use in the microwave, according to the USDA, are dilute fictile storage bags, grocery bags, newspaper and aluminum foil. Popcorn is a capital source of whole grain, because it is an entire kernel that contains the brain, germ and endosperm. It ‘s a great unharmed texture nosh.

When not doused with butter or cooked in oil, air popped popcorn has about 31 calories per cup, the Popcorn Board says. If you pop it in oil, it ‘s 55 calories per cup. And if you very ca n’t go without butter, lightly buttered popcorn has about 133 calories per cup. Being able to control the popcorn flavorer is a huge profit to making your own popcorn safely. here are a few suggestions for seasoning 3 cups of plain popped popcorn : • Sprinkle with desire sum of nutritional yeast ( found at health food stores ) for a balmy and bum season. • Southwest : Mix together 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powderize, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar. • Cheesy Garlic ( from Everyday Food ) : Mix 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon each of coarse salt, dried thyme and garlic powder.

Try this piquant mix for a Halloween dainty. • Savory Rosemary : Mix 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoons finely crushed clean or dry rosemary. place 4 quarts popcorn in a large bowl and pour butter over. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Parmigiano-Reggiano tall mallow and 1 teaspoon garlic salt or ocean salt. Toss again. Have a question? Contact Susan M. Selasky at 313-222-6432 or food@freepress.com.