It's cheaper and healthier. I am a huge fan of Orville Redenbacher's Natural Buttery Salt & Cracked Pepper microwave popcorn, but the other night I made a perfect batch of popcorn on the stove. I put a tablespoon of vegetable oil and about a quarter of a cup of frozen kernels in a small pot over medium high heat. It took one to two minutes for the popping to start, and I kept shaking until it slowed down. The end result was fresher than any microwave popcorn, though I couldn't resist adding my own salt and pepper.