How to Make White Popcorn Salt

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Popcorn salt is a very fine salt that sticks to popcorn kernels better than larger grains such as kosher salt or table salt. It can be easily made at home by processing regular salt in a food processor or spice mill. Popcorn salt can be used on popcorn, French fries, homemade potato chips and any other food that might benefit from a fine salt with more even distribution than larger salt grains.

How to Make White Popcorn Salt
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Things You'll Need

  • Coarse salt
  • Blender, food processor, spice mill or mortar and pestle
  • Herbs and spices (optional)
  • Popcorn
  • Butter and/or oil
Step 1

Measure one quarter cup coarse salt, such as kosher salt, into a food processor, blender or spice mill. Process at high speed until the salt has become a fine powder, about 30 to 45 seconds.

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Step 2

Alternatively, you can make small amounts of popcorn salt by hand. Use a mortar and pestle to grind it into a fine powder.

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Step 3

Add herbs, Parmesan cheese or other ingredients to your salt before processing for a more flavorful popcorn salt. For example, use two teaspoons Italian seasoning and one-half teaspoon dried chives for an herbed salt, or one-quarter cup toasted sesame seeds and one-half teaspoon turmeric for sesame salt.

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Step 4

For fresh-popped popcorn, pop one-half cup popcorn kernels, three tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil, and popcorn salt over medium heat, covered, for about three minutes. Add butter, more salt and other flavorings if desired.

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Step 5

Homemade microwave popcorn is an even easier way to enjoy your popcorn salt. Simply mix one-quarter cup popcorn kernels, two teaspoons oil and your seasoned popcorn salt in a brown paper lunch bag; then staple shut and microwave for two to three minutes.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you decide not to make your own, popcorn salt is available for purchase and comes in several flavors, including cheddar cheese and butter.
  • If you like your popcorn dry, remember that popcorn salt does need a bit of moisture in order to stick. Make sure the popcorn is coated with at least a thin layer of butter or oil.

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