Let's get busy dehydrating corn—easily accomplished by using bags of frozen corn! Corn is great for vegetable soups and stews, fritters, or as a corn chowder and you can grind it into cornmeal!
Frozen corn has got to be right up there with frozen peas for ease of dehydrating! There's no excuse for not dehydrating these fantastic vegetables...
Frozen off-the-cob corn is a substantial source of vitamin A, followed by Choline, vitamin C, and Niacin. There are trace amounts of vitamin E, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, and Folate.
In the mineral department, frozen corn is a good source of Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, followed by Calcium, and Iron. There are trace amounts of Zinc Manganese, Copper, and Fluoride.
Frozen corn contains Omega-3 fatty acids and a high amount of Omega-6 fatty acids too!
Corn is rich in starch and dietary fiber—and the fiber is good news for a stubborn digestive system.
Let's get busy dehydrating corn. The instructions for FROZEN corn is shown below. Remember, we're all about "the easy" here!
Instructions for FRESH corn are a couple of paragraphs farther down this page in a green box.
Corn is a type of cereal grain that is popular in many cuisines. It can be eaten on its own, used as an ingredient in other dishes, or even processed into corn oil or cornstarch.
Corn is relatively easy to grow, and it’s a great crop for beginner gardeners. It’s also a very versatile crop, as it can be grown in a variety of climates and soil types.
If you’re thinking about growing corn, here are a few things to keep in mind:
If you’re looking for a crop that is easy to grow and versatile, corn is a great option. It’s a delicious addition to any meal.
Corn is a heavy feeder, so it needs plenty of fertilizer to grow properly. The best fertilizer for corn is a balanced fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10.
Apply fertilizer to your corn plants when they are about 6 inches tall. Then, apply additional fertilizer every 4-6 weeks throughout the growing season.
When applying fertilizer, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Applying too much fertilizer can damage your plants.
I was chatting with a resident gardener the other day. We were talking about squirrels and that reminded him of the day he couldn't believe one of my neighbors were actually growing corn in their tiny back garden.
He asked them about their 'corn growing' and they were shocked to see the corn stalks. They hadn't planted it. And they hadn't even noticed it because they're 'snowbirds' and had just arrived back in town!
Apparently, before they left town, they'd been feeding the squirrels out back with leftover corn cobs from dinner. The squirrely-squirrels took those cobs and buried them!
Hence the nice batch of corn ears a few months later!
Corn typically takes about 2-3 months to grow from seed to harvest. This can vary depending on the variety of corn you’re growing and the growing conditions.
If you’re looking for a quick-growing crop, choose a variety of corn that matures in about 60 days. For a slower-growing crop, choose a variety that matures in about 90 days.
Corn is best planted in rows that are about 30 inches apart. Each seed should be planted about 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. (Tell *that* to the squirrels, huh?)
If you’re planting more than one row of corn, space the rows about 3 feet apart. This will give the plants plenty of room to grow.
You’ll know your corn is ready to harvest when the ears are ripe. This is typically 2-3 months after planting.
To test if your corn is ready, peel back a few of the outer leaves and check the kernels. They should be plump and firm.
If they’re not quite ready, leave the ears on the plants and check them again in a few days.
And when you've got leftovers? Skip the squirrels—dehydrating corn is the way to go!