I Tried That Stasher Bag Trick for Making Popcorn in the Microwave and It Really Works

updated Feb 24, 2021
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Credit: Ashley Abramson

Popcorn is a staple around my house. Whether we’re setting up for a family movie night or I’m scavenging for a late-night snack, it’s not a rare occurrence for me to stand by the microwave, waiting to hear the two-second pause between pops that tells me our snack is done. 

I love all kinds of popcorn, but one thing I hate about single-serving popcorn bags is the waste. Still, I don’t envision myself buying a popper and switching to a stovetop method — with kids around, and my own insatiable appetite for a salty, buttery snack, I more than value the convenience of a microwave.

A few days ago, on my normal afternoon Instagram scroll, I stumbled on a new, waste-free way to make my family’s favorite snack: in a Stasher bag, a reusable silicone storage bag that can also be used for cooking. Luckily, I had been gifted a few Stashers for Christmas, so once I secured a jar of popping corn at the store, I was ready to try it. 

I Tried That Stasher Bag Trick for Making Popcorn in the Microwave

The process looked easy enough: Just fill the Stasher bag with the quantity of popcorn you want, add your choice of fat, and pop it in the microwave. I have the 56-ounce stand-up bag, so I used 1/2 cup of popcorn and added half a tablespoon of salted butter. If you’re feeling experimental, you can also try some garlic powder, cayenne, or whatever spice strikes your fancy. Just make sure to keep the bag partially unsealed to vent it!

I initially set the microwave for two minutes, like I do with any other bag of popcorn. It started popping right away, with no signs of pausing between pops at two minutes. I added thirty more seconds, which did the trick. Note to self: Two-and-a-half minutes for a half-cup of popcorn seems to be the perfect time for a full bag with minimal leftover kernels and no burning. 

Credit: Ashley Abramson

A Couple Thoughts If You Try This at Home

The bag was obviously really hot when I pulled it out of the microwave, so make sure to be careful (I might even use oven mitts next time, or let it rest a bit longer before I grab it). I’d also shake the bag a bit more next time to ensure the butter spread evenly. Honestly, though, those are the only fixes I can think of. The popcorn was fast and delicious, and definitely my new go-to method next time my kids (or my stomach) yells for popcorn.

Have you tried this popcorn-making method before? Let us know!