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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


The FDA announcement made it official last month, "microwave popcorn is dangerous". Producers have been ordered to stop selling this stuff at the end of March.
The popping bags are coated with "PFC's", chemicals that are likely to cause cancer. The "spices" inside (salt, fake butter, pretend lime, and dubious sweeteners) aren't doing our bodies any favors as well.
So let's do it better. Let's make healthy microwave popcorn. All you need is popcorn (we like the non-GMO, organic stuff at Trader Joe's, $2 a bag) and paper lunch bags ($2 for 50 at Publix). Pour a 1/4 cup of popcorn (or less) into a bag. Fold it over twice, and set it upright in a microwave oven. Set the timer for 2:45 (this can vary). When the pops have slowed down to one every 2 seconds, press "stop". That's it!

Pour out the popcorn and add salt and other spices (we like pepper, dried Parmesan cheese, curry powder, and so forth). You can add melted butter, coconut or olive oil.
That sandwich bag? Shake it out and use it a few more times. You can also add the spices, or, oil and spices, before you heat the popcorn. If you add oil before popping the bag will saturated but what the heck (the PFC's main job is to keep the outside of the bag dry). Now you are not feeding the cancer monster.

Shake the bag to spread the oil and spices around. It's great fun. Dancing and singing while you do this is even better. Now enjoy the new popcorn.

Merry Christmas from the Mango Republic and your friends,

Francesca, Glenn, and King Mango

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