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All I can say about that corn is wow-oh-wow-oh-wow! What a beautiful and abundant harvest! Those colours! How do you grind the corn down? I've always wanted to make my own cornmeal, I love it. I use a lot of masa harina type corn flour too for homemade soft tortillas. I imagine you need a special tool or equipment only available in Texas & other popular corn growing areas?
 
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It’s about half dry. It may take a couple of weeks to fully dry. Then I shell, using the ol’ thumbs, put in gallon zip lock bags and put in freezer to kill any bugs. After about a week, I take it out, I’ve separated out the colors before to see if I’d get red or pink cornbread, but it was still blue. LOL
Blue corn bread... I could get used to that. ;)

I too am interested in what type of grain mill you are using to grind the corn down, since I will be looking for one to purchase.
 

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I was looking at mills yesterday too. Nothing for sale on CL or FB marketplace, down here in the SF bay area. Neither at home....
 

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I bought a Family Grain Mill.


I bought the electric motor, the hand crank was free. It will not grind flint corn, it’s too hard. I’m ok with that, never grew flint corn types anyway.

I got my best deal at everythingkitchen.com but look around for your best price and shipping cost.
 

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Here’s one that was sprouting in the husks from the rain. The other side was good, I just shelled around the bad kernels. It’s not totally dry, but I’m shelling out a few so I don’t have it all to do at once.

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I was looking at mills yesterday too. Nothing for sale on CL or FB marketplace, down here in the SF bay area. Neither at home....
Years ago, I purchased a used commercial meat grinder ( motor is 220 ). I used it to grind whole corn that I purchased by the ton. I would grind 100 lbs. at a time in just a few minutes , to feed the ground corn to my horses ( I had 25 and up to 33 head at a time.) :cool:
 

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Think about the @seedcorn technique. He wasn't too sure of it years ago when I had Painted Mountain in the garden but it worked out for me and I was happy with the cornbread ;).

What it involves is soaking the corn overnight and then using a blender. Allow some time on the blending. I've gotta say that it might be a little hard on the blender but mine went through it okay. Use at least some of the milk that you will need for the cornbread, in with the corn.

I had some concerns each time that I made it that I didn't really know how much "cornmeal" that I had (cups?) but, as I said - it turned out fine and dandy and was the entire use that I gave to my crop.

Steve
 

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Bay, will this amount of corn last you for a year making cornbread around once a month? Trying to figure out how much it is and how long it will last. I'm also guessing you will save some for seed.

Mary
 

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Bay, will this amount of corn last you for a year making cornbread around once a month? Trying to figure out how much it is and how long it will last. I'm also guessing you will save some for seed.

Mary
I honestly don’t know. I have planted this corn for years, always held some back for seed and got a few batches of cornmeal. This is the first time I planted a patch this big. I’ll hold out the nicest, full ears with the prettiest colors for seed and commit the rest to cornmeal.
 
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