Sunday, June 14, 2009

Popcorn - Frugal Snack Ideas

With school being out, kids tend to be hungry all the time. Many often bring hungry little friends with them. So how can you feed these little guys something somewhat healthy, without breaking the piggy bank?

How about buying a bag of popcorn. You know the old fashioned kind. You could make it in the pan on the stove.

Too hard you say?

Make your own microwave popcorn.

Just put 1/4 c. unpopped popcorn kernals and butter into a paper bag. Put the butter on the side flap of the bag and microwave with the buttered side up.

TipNut gives a full tutorial and there are also recipes for making gourmet flavored popcorns.

We bought a large bag of unpopped corn from Sam's years ago. I was going to grind it up to make cornmeal, but I then found that two of us are allergic to popcorn, so I made a lot of popcorn/gourmet flavor gift baskets for Christmas that year.

We still had some popcorn left that started to go stale. How do you know when popcorn is going stale? There are more unpopped kernals left at the bottom of the bag. This is because the kernal is drying out on the inside. You can add new life to your popcorn by mixing:

1/4 c. popcorn and 1/4 tsp. water together in a jar. Shake it so that the water can get on all the kernals, then store in the fridge for two days.

And to keep your popcorn from drying out, you should store it in a jar in the fridge, anyway.

What kind of frugal snacks are you coming up with?

No comments: