Blasts from the Past: How I Fell in Love with Cornmeal

When we first made our Food Storage Calculator, we promised ourselves we wouldn’t store any of the recommended foods unless we knew how we were going to use them. Since I didn’t have a wheat grinder (or even knew what wheat looked like yet) I decided to tackle cornmeal as my first “grain”. I remembered I had some in my cupboard so it seemed like a good item to start with.

Problem – My cornmeal was 3 years past expiration so I had to go buy a new canister before I could even get started. That goes to show you just HOW little I actually used it.

Confession – The first two recipes I tried were really delicious. My kids absolutely LOVED them and I thought they were great and not too hard to cook. However, several months later when I finally bought my WonderMill I made a discovery. You can grind popcorn (yes regular popcorn) into fresh ground cornmeal and OH MY GOODNESS it made all of my cornmeal recipes sooooo much better!

Give these recipes a try either with store-bought cornmeal or fresh ground popcorn and I promise you you will decide to add one or the other into your food storage:

Corn Pancakes
Buttermilk Cornbread

   

Now that I have some good cornmeal recipes on hand I think it will be really helpful if I am living off of my food storage because I can mix it up and not just eat ONLY wheat meals and breads every single day.


  • i make Zucchini chocolate chip bread for my grandchildren, that is the only way they eat zucchini..(not knowing its there..lol)

  • I store regular popcorn so I can use it for both popping and grinding. Either one will work for grinding. Check out this post for more info on the different types: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/10/01/corn-

  • Vlschenk

    I am a little confused about what corn to store. Is the best to store popcorn or “dent” corn. Thank you.
    Veee

  • Vlschenk

    I am a little confused about what corn to store. Is the best to store popcorn or “dent” corn. Thank you.
    Veee

  • halfpint512

    According to this study from a Utah university, expiration dates are not as big a deal as we thought….
    http://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/htm/canned-goods/

  • Smhuish

    LOL I discovered this over twenty years ago when I was out of cornmeal and all the corn I had stored was popcorn. Isn't it wonderful? I have never felt the same about commercially ground corn since!

    Between that and popping it (popcorn is one of the basic food groups around here) I have to buy it by the 50# bag, even with all the kids gone now.

  • Smhuish

    LOL I discovered this over twenty years ago when I was out of cornmeal and all the corn I had stored was popcorn. Isn’t it wonderful? I have never felt the same about commercially ground corn since!

    Between that and popping it (popcorn is one of the basic food groups around here) I have to buy it by the 50# bag, even with all the kids gone now.

  • April in Maryland

    Speaking of expiration dates, we need to check our storages periodically. I started keeping a pantry/food storage six months ago and so decided it was time to check my expiration dates, and check the food for bugs or dirt or dents or broken seals. I found that my canned goods and dry beans are keeping well, but any semi-prepared stuff like soup packets or spices or sauces has a much shorter shelf life. I took out everything that's going to expire in six months and put it upstairs where I'll use it. This week I'll buy replacements. It also might be good to do a rough tally of everything you have to make sure you have enough. It's too easy to run down to the food storage for a can of something and forget to write it on the shopping list for replacement.

    Especially check your 72-hour emergency kits! Mine are going on six months old, so I hauled out both the backpack and the car kit just to see how they were doing. The foodstuffs needed to be completely replenished. Granola bars, hot cocoa and soup packets, and even nuts don't keep long. Jolly Rancher candy is NOT a good choice because the candy oozes out of its wrapping. Chocolate and gum go bad. Single-serve fruit or applesauce containers can break and leak juice. The car kit is especially vulnerable because it's been sitting in 90-degree heat. I didn't think of that when I put the kit together last winter! I guess the special emergency supply companies make prepared food that last longer, but regular supermarket stuff isn't meant to sit around for 9-10 months. So check it. πŸ™‚

  • April in Maryland

    Speaking of expiration dates, we need to check our storages periodically. I started keeping a pantry/food storage six months ago and so decided it was time to check my expiration dates, and check the food for bugs or dirt or dents or broken seals. I found that my canned goods and dry beans are keeping well, but any semi-prepared stuff like soup packets or spices or sauces has a much shorter shelf life. I took out everything that’s going to expire in six months and put it upstairs where I’ll use it. This week I’ll buy replacements. It also might be good to do a rough tally of everything you have to make sure you have enough. It’s too easy to run down to the food storage for a can of something and forget to write it on the shopping list for replacement.

    Especially check your 72-hour emergency kits! Mine are going on six months old, so I hauled out both the backpack and the car kit just to see how they were doing. The foodstuffs needed to be completely replenished. Granola bars, hot cocoa and soup packets, and even nuts don’t keep long. Jolly Rancher candy is NOT a good choice because the candy oozes out of its wrapping. Chocolate and gum go bad. Single-serve fruit or applesauce containers can break and leak juice. The car kit is especially vulnerable because it’s been sitting in 90-degree heat. I didn’t think of that when I put the kit together last winter! I guess the special emergency supply companies make prepared food that last longer, but regular supermarket stuff isn’t meant to sit around for 9-10 months. So check it. πŸ™‚

  • We have a lot of zucchini now. I wonder how zuchinni cornbread would taste. Guess I will have to try that.

  • nice tip Janeen, thanks. Sometimes I put a can of creamed corn and substitute honey for sugar. Really makes it moist!

  • I always put cinnamon and sugar on the top of my cornbread before baking. It makes a delicious crust and my family loves it with chili!