Dried Corn

 First off, I would like to thank these good folks in Wray Colorado... River View Nursery and Produce is the name of their establishment.  They were the folks who lined up the field corn I am using in this demonstration, and there was no charge.  They also have lots and lots of local produce from the Wray area.  If you ever get the chance to happen into Wray Colorado, I suggest stopping by.  The produce is cheap, clean and local!!

As many of us know, corn is great on the cobb, and stored as a canned good.  However, dried field corn can be used for making flour or grits (some cultures call it polenta or Masa).  Thanks to my new friends at Riverview Produce in Wray Colorado, I was directed to a field of dried out field corn.  I picked it, but it was not quite dry, so created a makeshift dryer out of my pickup.  Is there anything an oilfield truck cannot do?  Make sure the corn is plenty dry before decobbing it. 

After the corn has dried on the hood of your pickup for a couple of days, remove the corn from the cobb.   Use the Indian Burn method you used to use on the puny guys wrist in junior high school.   This bucket of corn is the result of 19 corn cobbs.  Not too shabby!!

 After you have removed the kernels from the cobb, I suggest a good winnowing in the breeze to remove any corn chaff.  I also recommend saving the cobbs if you have a puppy or dog.  They are a nice natural chew toy and they love em!!

Once the corn is cleaned up, you can run it through the hand mill, and just for giggles, I made some polenta with butter and sugar!!!  I think just about everyone lives in an area where there is corn.  I recommend getting 20 ears, drying it removing the kernels from the cobbs and storing it.  My total cost was $0.00.  Not a bad score!!

Until Next Time...

Adios,

Rusty Shackelford

Storing Dried Corn

How to store your dried corn using canning jars and dry ice...

Dry Ice is frozen CO2.  When it melts it creates nothing but Carbon Dioxide and CO2 is heavier then air.  You can use dry ice to fill a container and force the O2 out.  You will need a couple of the old school jars with lockable lids and rubber gaskets.

Fill the jars to the top with your corn (or wheat or whatever you want including beans or dried peas).  Leave room for the dry ice.  I bought 2 lbs of dry ice for $1.98.  Add the dry ice to the jars and set the lids down, but do not seal them.  You have to let the ice melt and force the air out of the jars. 

Let the dry ice melt all the way, and then close and clamp down the lids.  The corn will be air free until you open the jars.  Do not move the jars, or fiddle with the lids.  Do not set in front of moving air, as this may blow out the CO2.  Do not seal the jars until the dry ice has fully melted.  You can also add desicant bags and/or O2 absorbers to the jars.  This method will also work with Mylar bags in buckets with airtight lids. I also recommend that if you live in a humid climate, that you do this inside the home with the AC or heater running to lower the humidity.  You may also want the jars to sit for a little longer so the condensation evaporates.  As long as you do not disturb the jars or blow air on them, the CO2 will remain. This is a cheap, effective way of storing grains or beans for long periods.

Good Luck, and Good Prepping

Adios,

Rusty Shakelford