"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte
For the past 9 years I have been the popcorn mom. Recently, at our co-op, another mom has taken my position at bringing this wonderful snack. Technically it's not "baby friendly" for those under 18 months old (molars needed) and I am pretty sure our pediatric dentist detests it. However, this snack has been our tradition and I even like to bring it with me as my doula or mommy snack.
Here is an easy and "healthier" recipe that I have been using since the microwave was taken out of my life over 10 years ago (it now holds bread). You will need a stainless steel soup or pasta pan with lid (if you don't have a lid the popcorn will pop EVERYWHERE).
The Herbal Doula's Vegan Coconut Oil - Pan Popped Poppin' Popcorn
1/4 cup coconut oil (or peanut or sesame)
1/2 cup non-gmo popcorn kernals
Colorful Salt to taste (pink, celtic, etc.) Or your favorite herb (cinnamon, garlic powder)
On medium heat (you might even try right below medium if you corn is coming out a little crispy), put your pan and 1/4 cup oil and 5-10 kernals of popcorn with the lid on. When you hear popping happening put remainder of 1/2 cup popcorn in the pan. Keep on medium and shake the pan ever 10-20 seconds until all corn is popped. You will know they are done when the pops are more than or equal to 1 second in between pan.
Don't leave the stove, I repeat don't leave the stove. Many a corn has been burned. May the corn rest in peace. If you burn the corn, no worries, just clean the pan and repeat.
Season with salt to your taste and/or your favorite seasoning and toss in the goodness. I grew up on Brewers Yeast, but yeah, my kids don't dig it.
Enjoy! Kid tested, mother has two thumbs up.
Jessica Oren is a certified Birth Doula (CBI) and a Family Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Founder of DAWN Foundation and North Texas Doulas. You can find her on Google+
“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.’” – Midwifery Today