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I have a popcorn machine that produces popcorn without using fat. It basically blows hot air over corn cores, and after 2 minutes they start popping. You're not supposed to add any flavoring agent (salt, sugar, ...) in the machines as it's not made for that. So when I want to add flavor, I spray water onto the popcorn right after it has popped, and then scatter the flavoring agent. This works relatively well

The downside:

  • the corns can become damp (I solve this by leaving the machine on, which blows hot air over the popcorn)
  • you can waste some flavoring agent (not all of it sticks to the popcorn, some of it falls on the bottom of the bowl

The upside:

  • no fat used, healthier and your fingers will be less "greasy"

Any other ideas how to flavor your popcorn using no or a minimal amount of fat?

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Don't spray with water with a standard squirt bottle. Get an olive oil spritzer. It's pressurized, so you get an almost aerosol-fine mist, which prevents the kernels from getting soggy. It also adds flavor, in addition to the powdered seasonings you add with it. Or you could use an infused oil and skip the powdered seasoning altogether.

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How does this add flavor if you're just spraying water with it? And doesn't adding infused oil defeat the purpose of the question? –  sourd'oh Oct 17 '13 at 21:28
    
You're not spraying water; you're spraying flavored oil and then sprinkling powdered seasoning. If you look at the olive oil spritzer, it sprays a very light mist - it's not like pouring oil over the popcorn. It's just enough to make the seasoning stick to the popcorn. –  EmmyS Oct 18 '13 at 14:04
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My fat-free flavoring of choice is a bit of lime juice and chile powder tossed with the popcorn in a large bag. Sometimes I toss by hand in the bowl. I find the lime juice doesn't dampen the popcorn as much as water and adds a nice flavor.

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I will have to give this a try... –  Cos Callis Aug 30 '11 at 18:34
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A popcorn gift pack that I recieved a few years ago came with a "grape seed oil" spray bottle (along with several flavorings powders). The grape seed oil seems to work quite well when administered in very low quantities. Not "no fat" but it is at least 'minimal'.

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I used to use the cheese flavouring packets that come with macaroni and cheese making mix. Took the popcorn, put in a big bag, poured in the cheese mix and shook it all up. Works pretty good.

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Are those packets fat free? Most cheese is not. –  SAJ14SAJ Oct 17 '13 at 21:23
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I use brown lunch bags with virgin olive olive oil. It works good and adds flavor.

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Hello Albert Nitch. I think your answer will have more success in our community if you explained the method in more detail. –  rumtscho Feb 8 at 19:54
    
I don't think that this answer fits the question since it specifically asks about flavoring without fat. –  sourd'oh Feb 10 at 16:28
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Here's something I heard that seems like an excellent tasty choice. In 1/2 cup virgin olive oil add ground basil, oregano, rosemary and parsley (to taste). You can also add one crushed garlic to enhance flavor. Better if you let stand on refrigerator one or two days so olive oil fully absorbs ingredients. Hot air dries popcorn a lot, so to spread this mixture evenly, use a silicone barbecue brush. Slightly damp it and swirl through the popcorn bowl. Ground spices will add an attractive look. Add a small amount of salt if needed. I haven't tried it, but so if you try it, please post results.

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While this does sound delicious, it is definitely adding fat. –  sourd'oh Oct 17 '13 at 21:30
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Dear Alexander, nutrition and health are off-topic on this site, so I removed your claims of your option being healthy. Also, this site tries to gather information in a place which is available for everyone to read, so please no invitations to mail you personally. –  rumtscho Oct 18 '13 at 11:37
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