Popcorn bags come in a variety of sizes, so there’s no need to worry if your popcorn bag is too big for your microwave. There are also bagless ways to cook popcorn in a microwave if you don’t want to fork out for different-sized popcorn bags.
This is great news as there is nothing easier or quicker than popping popcorn in a microwave.
Let’s find out what to do when your popcorn bag won’t fit in the microwave, as well as other ways to cook popcorn when you’re in need of a quick, salty snack.
How Do You Microwave Popcorn in a Small Microwave?
To microwave popcorn in a small microwave, you could squeeze the popcorn bag into it and put it on. The biggest problem you’ll have is that the bag won’t turn. Every 20 seconds, you’ll need to stop the microwave and turn the bag 180 degrees. This will help to distribute the heat across all the kernels in the bag.
Be warned, this isn’t the most effective method, and you are likely to end up with a lot of old maids (unpopped kernels) in the bottom of the bag. But it will give you enough popcorn to satisfy your craving.
If you’d rather your microwave make as many pieces of fluffy popcorn as possible, it’s best to follow the advice we outline in the rest of this article.
What Size Microwave Fits a Popcorn Bag?
An average size microwave measures 22 inches by 18 inches. You shouldn’t have any problems fitting a popcorn bag into a microwave of this size.
However, some microwaves can be as small as 15 inches by 10 inches. These microwaves are great for small kitchens, but not so great for cooking bags of popcorn. This is when you’ll need to cook your popcorn in an alternative way, such as without a bag.
How Do You Make Microwave Popcorn Without a Bag?
You can make microwave popcorn without a bag either in a microwavable glass bowl or in a silicone popcorn popper.
Simply fill your glass bowl with as many popcorn kernels as you like. Then, cover the top of the bowl with a plate and put it into the microwave. As a rough guide, it will take between 2 and 4 minutes for your popcorn to be ready. But it’s best to keep a listen out for when the popping slows to once every 2 to 3 seconds and then remove.
If you’ve got a silicone popcorn popper handy that fits into your microwave, you can simply fill it with kernels, place it in your microwave for 2 to 4 minutes, and remove it when the popping slows to 2 to 3 seconds.
If you want to make popcorn in a paper bag, check out our article.
Can You Transfer Bagged Popcorn Into Smaller Bags?
If you prefer to cook your popcorn in a popcorn bag, you can buy smaller bags to do this. 1 oz bags are perfect for making a single serving of popcorn. This size bag should fit into even the smallest of microwaves. If you still have plenty of room in your microwave when using this size bag, consider going up to a 1.5 oz or 2 oz bag.
Once you’ve settled on the best size popcorn bag for your microwave, follow the below guide:
- Carefully cut open the top of the bag of popcorn kernels.
- Pour the contents into the smaller bags.
- Seal the smaller bags by folding the top of the bags over several times.
- Cook the popcorn by following our guide on how to make popcorn in a microwave.
What Bags Can You Use to Make Popcorn in a Microwave?
Popcorn bags are usually made from paper. Most of the ones that come stuffed full of popcorn contain chemicals that stop grease from leaking out of the bag. PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) is the chemical that is usually used and it’s known to cause several health problems, including:
- Thyroid disease
- Kidney disease
- Some types of cancer
Now that you know this, you’re probably relieved that your popcorn bag is too big for your microwave.
But are there any popcorn bags that are small and safe to use in a microwave?
Stasher bags are a good option as they are:
- FDA food contact and safety compliant
Stasher bags are made from silicone and are reusable, so you haven’t got to keep spending out on popcorn bags.
You’ll also be pleased to hear that stasher bags come in different shapes and sizes, so there is sure to be one that will fit into your microwave, no matter what its size.
Do I Have to Cook Popcorn in the Microwave?
No, you don’t have to cook popcorn in the microwave, even if it’s in a microwavable bag. You could cook it as per one of the methods above. Another option is to cook the bagged popcorn on the stove. All you need to do is:
- Heat some oil or butter in a pan.
- Cut open the bag of popcorn and add 3 or 4 kernels into the pan.
- When these kernels pop, the pan is hot enough. Pour the rest of the contents of the bagged popcorn into the pan.
- Put a lid on the pan.
- Give the pan an occasional shake to prevent old maids and to stop the popcorn from sticking.
- When the popping slows to 3 to 4 seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat.
- Pour into a serving dish, season, and enjoy!
Using a microwave to make popcorn is easy, convenient, and a quick way to make a satisfying and filling snack. There’s no need to worry if you’ve only got a small microwave and can’t fit your popcorn bag in it, as there are plenty of ways to solve this problem and get your popcorn fix.
Sue’s favorite pastime? Watching a good movie with a giant tub of popcorn by her side. Her friends and family know that if they want to get her something, popcorn is always a safe bet. Sue has an adventurous spirit and loves to travel exploring new places – she’s been to more than 40 countries!