Sorry I slacked off last week. I was in need of a mini vacation, so I vacationed from my responsibilities, including my blog. But I’m back!
Many moons ago, I remember reading something about all the things that cause cancer. If I remember correctly, this article contended that everything on the planet, save 7 things, caused cancer. Is that true? I don’t know, but I remember one thing on that list broke my heart: microwave popcorn. Who doesn’t love microwave popcorn? A self contained snack, hot and ready in less than 3 minutes. Truth be told, microwave popcorn is good, but it isn’t my favorite. My most *FAVORITE* popcorn is oil-popped popcorn (which most likely also causes cancer, because everything does, right?).
Now we have a lot more to worry about with GMOs, pesticides, bees dying, etc. Is there an up-side to popcorn? If what I read on the Internet is true, not only is popcorn a whole grain, it is not (yet) GMO (see article here). That’s great if you are a popcorn lover like me, but is it good for anything else? YES! If you have a grain mill, you can grind popcorn to make cornmeal and have non-GMO cornbread! Most of the corn grown in the USA is a GMO, and, if that concerns you, this is a great solution. At least for the time being…
But, back to traditional popcorn. Today, I’m going to show you two ways to make popcorn and compare the cost of homemade microwave popcorn to store-bought microwave popcorn. First, here’s my favorite way to pop popcorn: in a pan with oil. YUM!
Now, microwave popcorn.
So, are you saving money to pop your own popcorn? Here’s the cost breakdown:
Grocery Store prices (in Southern California on June 9, 2014)
Popcorn – $1.20/16 ounces, which contains 11 servings (3 tablespoons each), making is just under 11 cents a serving
Lunch Bags – $3.09/100 bags, making it just over 3 cents a bag
Total Price – 14 cents per serving using a bag or 11 cents if using a bowl.
Purchased from grocery store
Least expensive microwave popcorn – $5.99/25 servings = just under 25 cents a serving.
You save 9 – 14 cents per serving if you shop at my local grocery store.
Warehouse club prices (in Southern California on June 9, 2014)
Popcorn – $23.98/50 pounds, which equals just under 4 cents a serving
Lunch bags – $3.09/100 bags, making it just over 3 cents a bag (My warehouse club doesn’t sell paper lunch bags, so this is the grocery store price.)
Total Price – 7 cents per serving using a bag or less than 4 cents if using a bowl
Purchased from Warehouse Club
Store-bought Microwave popcorn – $7.28/56 servings (2 servings per bag) = 13 cents a serving.
You save anywhere from 5-9 cents per serving if you shop at my local warehouse club.
Is it worth it to you? I can’t speak for you, but it’s worth it for me. 🙂
What’s your favorite way to save money making something at home?
Laurel Laurie Staten Nguyen Newhall, CA