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Do You Properly Use Your Popcorn Button?

Do you use the Popcorn button on your microwave?  Are you one that says, "Yes, I use it, but it doesn't really pop the popcorn very well"?  Is your bag usually not full?  Do you have lots of kernels left over?

If so, you're not using it properly!  I'm going to assume you don't know the little trick.  Every time I tell someone, they're so appreciative...  Most times, when you hit the popcorn button, you have to hit the 30 second extender, and sometimes you have to hit it twice as the corn is still popping. Who wants to leave all those kernels in the bag?

Granted, I only know the trick to the GE microwaves, but I'm sure all the other brands have something similar if you want to google it, but the most common is GE and that's what I've had in my last 3 houses.

When you hit the Popcorn button, immediately push the 9 button twice.  You should see two + signs if you did this properly. This automatically extends the time so you don't have to worry about waiting to see if you need to extend it or not.

Most of the time, when I hit the 9 twice (as you can just hit it once if you want), I stop the microwave with about 10-15 seconds left on it. That means, I definitely needed the first extension and needed only part of the second, but you get so much more popcorn in those 15 extra seconds you give it to pop.

Next time you're popping corn in the microwave, hit the 9 and see if you can make some better popcorn!

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 19 commentsDonna Harris • May 25 2009 01:57PM


What an extremely helpful tip for every homeowner alike !!

Nicely Done Donna :o)


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 9 years ago

Another reason why I love AR, you never stop learning new things. With a 3 yr old we do our fair share of microwave popcorn. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

DONNA: I do a lot of microwaving popcorn and i am  usually dispoointed with the amount of kernels left in the bag unpopped. I will definitly use the 9 button thank you to cook my popcorn longer.

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) over 9 years ago

Donna - You have inspired me to have a family movie night tonight to try this out!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Donna..I will tell my husband! He loves popcorn!

Posted by Kelli~Rhyanne Bartley (Keller Williams Realty Mid~Willamette) over 9 years ago

Donna....who knew! And now I'm feeling a great need to have some popcorn and try your nifty tip!  I would never have expected this on AR and it's refreshing on a laid back Memorial Day still in pj's!

Next to make popcorn!  Thanks!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 9 years ago

My microwave is too old to have a popcorn button :(  Sadly it still works, so I keep using it.  And my current brand of pop corn takes 2:47 to pop.  I usually set it for 4 minutes on the first bag and watch the timer and then write the appropriate amount of time on the box for anyone else in the house who might be popping it.  And I buy a box of 24 bags so it lasts for a while.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 9 years ago

Well my popcorn usually gets done all the way but this is a great tip, thanks for letting us know.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

This is a good tip for all who love pop corn. Thanks.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Sheldon, And even renters can take advantage of this one!

Dan, Learn something every day!

Kathleen, Let me know how it turns out.

Jason, I hope it's a fun evening!

Kelli, Great!

Anna, Let me know if it was good!

Tammy, Down to the second, that's great!

Cindy, You must have a magic machine!

B & C, You're welcome.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Well this is really helpful!  No matter how I pop it, I have a bunch of kernals left over!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Am I the only one that doesn't use the button LOL I just usually  set time for 4 minutes and listen :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna, Great tip and I just so happen to have a GE micro that I will try this the next time.

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... I love microwave popcorn and am always annoyed with the number of unpopped kernals.  I also have a GE microwave, so I will definitely be trying this out!  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Our microwave detects the weight of the bag- I am not sure how this happens but the end result is great!  This is a handy tip

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 9 years ago


Great tip I will give this a try.  I usually undercook to avoid the smell of burnt popcorn.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 9 years ago

Donna, in my house..we stop the popcorn early, we all love the seeds. Actually we fight over them. My oldest daughter sometimes pops it JUST to have the seeds .LOL

But, I wil try it next time, I do have a 9.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

donna - this just cracked me up!  please don't take offense to that!  This WAS extremely helpful and like some others - I am always surprised at the advice and tips I find on AR.  POP ON!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 9 years ago

Pat, Try it and see.

Rita, That's what I used to do until I figured out the popcorn button.

Teresa, Let me know how it works for you.

Steve, Yeah!

Florida Pines, That's a fancy microwave to detect the weight!

Richard, Yes, that burnt smell isn't good, but most of the times, the popcorn isn't actually burnt, so let it go longer.

Missy, That's bad for your teeth!  I like eating the kernels too! ;)

Leesa, Keep in mind that it doesn't matter what platform you're blogging on but that blogging is about you and your life, so I can blog whatever I want as it's MINE...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago