OK, so if you have an infant/toddler who can eat popcorn but isn’t old enough to know not to eat the kernels, this is a bit more important, however, this trick is handy for those who don’t like to deal with the kernels at the bottom of the bowl when you make microwave popcorn.
Here’s the trick I learned. Pop the bag as normal, but when you pull it out, don’t tear it open right away… open the bag just a little bit. This may be a bit tricky since the bag is hot and may already be partially opened. See the picture below:
This bag was already partially opened, but like the instructions on the side of the bag say (who reads those anyway, right?), gently tug on opposing corners if it’s not open at all. You want to make sure it’s big enough to let out kernels but not too big to let all the popcorn fall out. You then shake it over a bowl like in the picture below:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do NOT shake the bag of popcorn directly over your garbage can. While this may seem like a good idea to skip a seemingly pointless step, trust me, it’s not pointless. What happens if you DO shake the bag of steaming hot popcorn and those steaming hot kernels go into your garbage is that they end up melting a bunch of little holes in your garbage bag (thus severely weakening the structural integrity of the flimsy plastic garbage bag) that makes garbage day at your house a bit more interesting when you try to pull it out (and it inevitably falls apart in mid air). I speak from experience here.
So, shake the bag vigorously over the bowl tilting once in a while to either side to get the kernels that fall in those corners. Once the kernels stop flowing while you shake (and have tilted) then you should be nearly kernel free and are able to enjoy a bowl of hot popcorn without worry that you’ll break a tooth when you’re watching your favorite movie and not really paying attention to what you’re putting in your mouth.