Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year.....I have been AWOL just a bit...

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration with family and friends.  I not only had family come, but also a cold that decided to come every 4-5 days and then disappear for over the past 3-4 weeks.  So, I am finally trying to get back in to the swing of things.

Over the holidays, we did many things....with many of them involving food.  We certainly had a lot of junkie snacks, but also very healthy foods as well.  Unbeknownst to my family, several of the meals we had were directly from my food storage.  This was mostly because the Doctor told me I should not leave the house, and my energy levels were very low.  So, I used the items I had in my home.  We made Spiral Ham (yes, I had one in the freezer), Scalloped potatoes (with white cheddar cheese powder and non-fat dry milk), White bean Chili (with my electronic Pressure Cooker), Chicken Noodle Soup (I canned the soup without the noodles and then added them for the meal) and Texas Chili (in my crock pot).  There were others as well.  However, I wanted to show you one of the things I made.....using my food storage staples.

I decided to Make Corn Muffins, but did not have any cornmeal on hand.  So here was my process:

This is Yellow Dent Corn.

I put some in my small grain mill as I keep my larger one with Wheat in it to be used at a moments notice.

This is the freshly milled corn.....and it looks just like the cornmeal you would purchase in the store.

I used the recipe in my Betty Crocker Cookbook and mixed up the muffins and poured them into the muffin tins.

The recipe says it makes 12, but I only got 11 out of it.  So, I put water in the open 'hole' to help the pan heat evenly.

Here was the final product.

What is the take away lesson here?  This was easy....really easy.  I don't have to store cornmeal and worry about it going rancid.  I just store the dehydrated corn and mill it when I need it.  Now, you can do that....

Try it today!


Vicki in UT said...

I love home-ground cornmeal. I often use popcorn, because it is easier to come by. I always thought storebought cornmeal tasted stale when I bought it, and homeground tastes so fresh and wonderful.

The Little Red Hen said...


It appears that you and my neighbor are two smart cookies. She emailed me with a similar comment. She also added that she likes being able to use the popcorn for two uses instead of just one (for milling and for popping). I agree with you both! Thank you for posting!

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