By Allrecipes Staff

No more burned popcorn!

Many of us have experienced the smell of a bag of microwave popcorn that has just crossed the line from buttery to burnt. We have a few tips to make your microwave popcorn pop perfectly every time.

Gourmet Microwave Popcorn | Photo by Molly

Know your Microwave. It may take a couple of bags to get the timing down just right. Even though your microwave may have a popcorn setting, think of it as a starting point and adjust the time from there.

Read the Bag. The bag actually contains valuable instructions. It is especially important to place the proper side facing down in the microwave so that it inflates.

Stay Put. Stand next to the microwave for the entire time it takes for the popcorn to cook.

Slow Down, Pops. Stop the microwave and remove the bag as soon as the popping slows down noticeably. One to 3 seconds is recommended, but if you smell something burning…

Open Up. Although you are curious as to how full the bag is, do not put your face or fingers anywhere near the opening as there will be a cloud of hot steam which can burn you.

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