I've posted before about making microwave popcorn in paper bags and it works great, but it does waste bags. Today I experimented with making a muslin bag for popping corn that could be re-used.
I checked around online and couldn't find any cautions regarding cooking something in muslin in the microwave, but if anyone knows that it could be a problem, please let me know!
First, I cut a piece of muslin 9 inches by 16 inches. I also cut a thin strip for the tie
Next, I folded the muslin in half the long way, seamed the bottom and sides and made a narrow casing at the top. I also folded the thin strip in half the long way, seamed it up, and turned it right side out for the tie.
I used 2 tbsp. of popping corn, pulled the draw string shut and microwaved it on high for 2 minutes.
Depending on your microwave you might have to adjust the time, and I found that it's better to put it on for longer than you think it needs, and then listen for the popping to slow down. The first time I did it I did it for 1 minute, than 30 seconds more, than another 30 seconds and it scorched, despite being the same amount of time--I think it had to do with the stopping and starting.
Be careful opening the sack, there's a lot of steam inside. But you don't want it to sit in the bag or it gets tough. Just carefully open it by pulling on the sides.
Fluffy delicious popcorn! I think there was about 3 cups--enough for a good bowlful