Popcorn: No More Crisps!

15 minutes start to finish, max.

Crisps are seemingly fairly cheap, but they are high in salt and fat. For an easy, cheap alternative, why not have a go at making your own popcorn?

Popcorn kernels are high in fibre and low in fat. Asda sells 1kg popping corn for £2.50, which yields enough for dozens of snack-sized portions, perfect for lunch boxes.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Heat 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil in a saucepan with a well-fitting lid.

2. Add a handful of popcorn and heat over a medium heat.

3. The grains will start to pop and will rapidly fill the pan. Kids love watching this bit!

4. When the popping slows, remove from the heat.

5. When the popping stops, remove the lid.

6. Place into container of your choice, with a sprinkling of salt, or herbamare (a tasty, healthy alternative to salt) which you can buy in your local health food shop, or online. It is more expensive than salt, but it lasts a long time and is very tasty. Certain ingredients are worth paying a little more for, on occasion.

Here is the finished result:

to be uploaded when my phone has stopped playing up

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