Homemade Movie Theater Popcorn

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homemade movie theater popcornDo you love movie theater popcorn? We do! It’s almost a requirement to  get it when you go to the movies. The buttery microwave kind is just not the same.

Have you ever heard of Ghee?  Up until a few weeks ago, I thought it was something used in fancy restaurants or for folks that were a little more gourmet in their culinary adventures. This changed when our Chief MOM, Laura, sent me a container from her trip with Real California Milk.

Also know as clarified butter, Ghee is a great tool to have in your kitchen arsenal.  It can be used for cooking at higher temperatures due to it’s high smoke point, often replacing oil.

What makes clarified butter different than the sticks we keep in the refrigerator is the process in which it is made.  Butter is heated, allowing the water to evaporate, and the milk fat to separate. The thick delicious butter you have left is ghee.

At room temperature Ghee is in a more solid state, but when heated turns to a beautiful, golden liquid.

You know what else ghee is really good for?  Making popcorn.

The rich, nutty flavor of the clarified butter takes your homemade snack to a whole new level when drizzled over top and tossed with a bit of salt.

You can even substitute it for the cooking oil used to pop it.  Just melt a tablespoon or two, over medium heat, in the bottom of a large pot, add your popcorn kernels, cover with a lid and wait for it to begin popping. For a healthy microwave popcorn, check out our post here.

My kids think this is the closest thing to movie popcorn at home.  And the best part?  It’s made with only 3 ingredients…popcorn, butter and salt.  That’s something any mom would feel good about feeding her kids.


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About Alison Bickel

Alison lives in the heart of the mid-west where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. On her blog, ‘this homemade life’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for homemade food and obsession with farmer’s markets.