This is my second attempt at blue corn for drying. Last year I waited until the husk was dry to harvest. What I found was a lot of earwigs and a few kernals. Today I went to check on the corn and harvested the ears that appeared done yet not dry. I saw plenty of earwigs and do not want to host the 2005 earwig blue corn buffet so I brought the corn inside.
What is the best method for drying this corn for cornmeal purposes, and how do I know when to harvest the corn before the earwigs do?
I use a small dropper full of mineral oil on the tops of the cobs (about half a teaspoon).... seems that earwigs dont like it and stay out. I only grow small amounts of corn for fresh eating and I can't imagine doing a whole field of it, but its worth a try.
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