When you’re out in the backcountry and far from a microwave, popcorn might not be your first thought, but it’s an excellent snack for the trail (or river)! Lightweight and compact (and very durable), it’s easy to pack in, and can be popped within minutes as a tasty appetizer to dinner. The basic instructions are below, with some recommendations for toppings, but you can get as creative as you want with this one!

1 Tbsp. Oil
½ cup. Popcorn (serves 2)

Heat oil (covered) in a pot (a thicker pot works better). Add a few kernels to the oil, and once they pop, add the rest of the popcorn to the pot. Shake the pot over the stove until the popping subsides, and remove from heat. Top with your favorite toppings and dig in!

Topping Suggestions

  • Salt ‘n’ butter – there’s a reason why this is an age-old favorite. It’s delicious, and provides some much needed calories after a hard day on the trail.
  • Soy sauce – although it seems odd at first glance, soy sauce complements the popcorn well and replenishes salt that was sweated out during the day.
  • Parmesan cheese (grated) – a tasty combo is adding Parm cheese with soy sauce!
  • Cinnamon sugar ‘n’ butter – for a dessert-style popcorn!

Bon Appetit!

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