When we were introduced to the idea of making your own popcorn that didn’t come from a microwave, I finally fell in like with popcorn. I’m not a fan of theater popcorn or microwave popcorn, but I love homemade popcorn as long as it has tons of popcorn salt!
There are a few different ways making your own popcorn – Whirly Pop, in a big metal bowl covered in aluminum foil like Alton Brown shares(hacked jiffy pop), or even a microwave version in a paper bag that doesn’t have all that processed flavor that commercial microwave popcorn has or in a simple saucepan with a lid.
But something necessary to every version is salt. Popcorn needs to be salty to me. Using just kosher or sea salt (never table salt) just doesn’t work well enough because you can’t get those larger crystals into all the nooks and crannies. Thus..you need to whip out some machinery!
One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my $12 coffee grinder – it is a multi-tasking tool that I love! I can grind spices from the original seeds, making them much fresher than those bought in a store in a jar that’s been on the shelf for 2 years. And I can also pour in some kosher salt, give it a whirl for a second or two, and come out with fabulous popcorn salt – almost for free!
However, this will be my next purchase to have a small grinder to do my salt and seeds with that doesn’t require power. I like this better than a mortar and pestle for doing seeds quickly.
You have a ton of salt in your food storage, right? No? You should. Salt is so basic to our needs as well as being useful in cleaning and preservation. And now, you can use it to create a whole other food product without investing in the really expensive stuff at the store you won’t use that often.
How to Make Popcorn Salt Without the Movie Theater
- Whir a few tablespoons of kosher salt in your grinder or food processor.
- Put it on your popcorn and shake it up!
- Hit Play
- Nom Nom Nom
You can store it in an airtight container if you have leftover. Add in a little chili powder or other herbs to get a spicy blend for your popcorn. It’s super easy to make, easy to store, and perfect for popcorn!
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