How to Grind Corn at Home


Grinding corn at home gives you healthy, nutritious cornmeal. You may find your home ground corn gives better tasting cornmeal because the oils from the germ are retained. Commercial grinders who sell ground cornmeal at the store remove the germ to extend shelf life. If you grow your own corn, you can eliminate pesticides, preservatives and additives for a healthy organic product. Use flint or dent shelled corn, not sweet corn. Try different types of corn, like a blue variety.

Things You'll Need

  • Shelled corn (dent or flint corn)
  • Grinder (manual or powered)
  • Airtight container for storing cornmeal
  • Put the shelled corn into the hopper feed on top of a manual grinder. Crank to grind the corn. Using this method, five minutes of cranking yields 2 cups of coarse meal.

  • Grind small amounts of corn with a food processor, heavy duty blender or electric coffee mill. Pour in a small amount of corn. Use the pulse mode to grind. Don't grind at continuous high speed because this will overheat the cornmeal, giving it a burnt flavor.

  • Load shelled corn into the hopper of an electric commercial grinding mill to grind larger quantities. Turn the mill on. Empty the ground corn from the collection bin.

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