Inexpensive corn for storage
I want to buy corn to put up for long-term storage. I was told I could buy 50-pound bags of corn from the local feed store and that if it was aflatoxin tested that it was good for human consumption. Is that correct, or do you know where to buy bulk corn?
Yes, you can buy corn from feed stores to store for long-term storage. But the problem is that some feed mills have less than clean storage facilities and there can be rodents running over and pooping/peeing in the corn. What I’ve done, besides growing our own corn, is to buy a 50-pound bag of popcorn from Sam’s Club. It is clean and quite inexpensive — as far as corn is today. It grinds well for cornmeal. You can also buy freshly combined corn from a local farmer who grows it, where possible. We save extra sweet corn ears and let them mature on the stalk. It makes nice cornmeal and we know what’s in it! — Jackie
Growing peas and canning bananas
I’ve been reading your columns for some time now and I’ve never seen a mention of peas (field/purple hull/cream,etc.). Do you grow them? If not, why? There’s really nothing better than fresh peas and hot cornbread with a little green tomato relish.
My question is, can you can bananas? Except for baking I don’t use dehydrated. I’d like to have some on hand for pies/pudding. But they usually spoil before I get to use them up which is not acceptable at the current 56 cents a pound. Any ideas?
We grow English peas but haven’t had any luck with black eyed or other similar peas because of our cool climate. We get lots of vines but very few peas. If we gardened further south, we sure would grow them.
I’ve never found a recipe for canning bananas. I dehydrate my bananas. Then when I want to use them for baking, I just rehydrate them and mash them like fresh. It doesn’t take much time or work to dehydrate and rehydrate them at all. — Jackie