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Alison Thomas
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We had a good crop of sweet corn but couldn't eat it all as corn-on-the-cob so I dried all the cobs, still in their papery husks but no wonder what I can do with them. Can I make corn flour out of them? Cornbread? If so, just how dry do they need to be? I have Carol Deppe's book but she talks about flint corn etc and we don't seem to have that kind of choice over here (not that I've found anyway).
 
Mick Cressman
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My wife and I had the same 'problem' last year. We braided three ears together by the husks and set them over lengths of string stretched across our pantry room. After about two weeks the corn was hard and looked just like dent corn, so we shelled it by hand, put the kernels in as many gallon jars as we had and set them in the pantry. We've made some version of tortillas and chips after grinding in our grain mill, but our favorite dish was to reconstitute the ground corn and add some butter and salt. I suppose it made a kind of gruel, but it was nutty and delicious. Have fun!
 
Brice Moss
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Corn bread n grits are both best made from sweet corn
 
Julianne Michaels
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Hi, I am new to the site. Sure have enjoyed noodling around and reading!

These corn posts really interested me. Corn is so valuable.

Although the Disney movie Pocahontas was awful in many ways, it did speak a very important truth about corn. When John Smith asked Pocahontas the whereabouts of gold, he called it (something like) "the treasure from the earth, yellow in color and very valuable." Pocahontas responded by saying 'Yes!" and pulled corn from her harvest basket. Sadly our corn varieties are in extreme danger from genetically modified types. (I'll be posting a link in general discussions to a national project in which every person can participate.)

We grow an open-pollinated variety for table use, tortillas, pozole, meal and flour (still trying to perfect the texture of the tortillas). Our corn griddle muffins are one of my favorite foods - they are delicious with soups, stews, casseroles or salads and are yummy used as a left-over when topped with an egg or sandwiched with a nut butter.

Looking forward to our new growing season!
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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Can you plant the sweet corn that you have dried?

Last year I grew sweet corn from organic seed and I am concerned that one day, maybe soon, I won't be able to get non-GMO corn to plant but I don't know how to save seed from it.
 
Leila Rich
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*begin corn lecture*
It's really hard to keep corn genetic strength and diversity. I won't post links, but Susan Ashworth says you need 200 plants minimum to avoid 'inbreeding depression' , which is exactly what it sounds... I can't imagine what 200 corn plants even looks like!
Inbreeding depression's a problem for most plants (actually most everything ) if there's not enough genetic variety saved, but corn's especially susceptable and can be seriously weakend within a couple of generations.
*end corn lecture)
 
Alison Thomas
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I've saved 400 seeds to hopefully avoid this plant depression - doesn't avoid my depression when I think about hand planting them all though! I'm practising my deep breathing.
 
Leila Rich
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Deep breaths Alison
Be warned, Susan Ashworth means X amount of mixed 'corns' need to come originally from at least 200 plants , or the inbreeding's already an issue.
You can more than likely get away with it, but it may not be the strongest stock for ongoing seed-saving.
 
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