corn varieties for preppers

Corn varieties for preppers
Dehydrated corn, freeze dried corn, popped corn, baby corn

Corn in the prepper's pantry: why you need to buy only
organic, non-GMO!

Corn, corn, preppers and corn! Preppers are a "corn fed" bunch,
and as such, prepare their food storage with assorted provisions
for corn (both as a vegetable and a grain). Yes, corn is both a
grain and a vegetable! Corn as a grain is dried before
harvesting, while corn as a vegetable is harvested fresh.*

Either way, corn contains carbohydrates essential for preppers,
and certainly, corn is top on the list of prepper pantry food
items as it is so versatile. Corn as a grain (#12) and corn as a
vegetable (#13) are on the list of the
37 foods to hoard.

Corn Varieties for the Prepper's Pantry
There are many varieties of corn and we've identified the
vegetables and grains to add to your prepper lineup.  

Preppers can grind dehydrated yellow corn kernels into fresh,
whole-grain cornmeal with the germ (not de-germinated as
found in grocery stores). This dent corn is ideal for baking
cornbread, adding to soups or for making corn tortillas. Dent
corn, pictured at the top left-hand corner of the page is not the
sweet corn found in cans at the grocery store. It's a field corn
which is a staple grain, and one of the most cultivated crops
around the world. Most of the corn crop in the USA is yellow
dent corn. The name comes because the corn kernels "dent"
with maturity. It gets its nickname from a depression or dent in
the crown of the large kernel. Of the cereal grains, dent corn
contains the highest content of carotene (vitamin A). This corn
will store up to 30 years below 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  

  • Dried Field Corn. Dent corn also called "field corn" (grain)
    Dent corn is often used for livestock (chickens feed and
    hog feed). With all the variety, top on the prepper list of
    corn for the pantry is Dent Corn! To preserve the longest,
    store your field corn in mylar bags with oxygen
    absorbers inside the food grade bucket.

  • Flint corn (grain). Popular for popcorn, flint corn is high in
    starch making it ideal for flour. It is consumed as a grain.
    It's easy to store dent corn in a food grade bucket.

  • Sweet corn (vegetable). A popular grain in the Midwest,
    sweet corn is the corn most often canned and frozen for
    obvious reasons: it is sweet! It's rarely used to make
    cornmeal flour or as feed for livestock because of its
    sweetness. Ideally, sweet corn is harvested at the
    immature stage and enjoyed as a vegetable.

  • Hominy (grain). Hominy is dried corn then soaked in an
    Alkali solution to enrich its Vitamin B and amino acids.
    This process also adds calcium! Hominy is a dish of
    American Southern comfort foods, but is often also
    coarsely ground into grits, and corn masa for tortillas in
    the American South West.

  • Baby Corn, also called "candle corn" (vegetable). Baby
    corn is maize harvested at an immature stage (when the
    silks first emerge) and usually eaten as a whole. It's a
    secondary crop of field corn or sweet corn where the farmer
    harvests the second ear from the top for baby corn and the
    farmer allows the other ear to mature.

  • Masa Harina (grain). Masa harina is #12 on the list of 37
    foods to hoard before crisis. Spanish for "dough," masa is
    the flour of finely ground maize, hominy or corn. It's
    basically been dried, cooked, ground, soaked in lime and
    then dried again. It reconstitutes easily with warm water
    and salt to make corn tortillas. You can also use Masa
    harina to make the dough for empanadas, papusas and
    tamales.

  • Corn Grits (grain). Grits are usually made from dent corn
    or hominy. Julia's Pantry organic grits, pictured immediate
    right, are course steel-cut grits from whole yellow corn
    kernels and contain 2.5 pounds of grits in the package.
    They provide more nutrition and fiber than other organic
    corn grits since most other sellers offer processed grits
    that have had their bran and/or germ removed.  To reach a
    creamy texture, cook these yellow grits longer in a slow
    cooker. Our grits are controlled both in nature and quality.
    Julia's Pantry sites a new study from the Whole Grain
    Council, which shows "corn has the highest level of
    antioxidants of any grain or vegetable - almost twice the
    antioxidant activity of apples." And Julia's Pantry whole
    grain steel cut grits offer more fiber -- more than 7grams
    of fiber per 100grams for ground yellow corn.

  • Cornmeal (grain). Cornmeal has a relatively short shelf
    life, though it was sufficient for pioneers. For a long term
    off grid solution, the answer is dent corn! Grind dent corn
    with a grain mill and have corn flour any time you like.
    Don't have a grain mill? Try Provident Pantry yellow corn
    meal, pictured immediate right.

  • Polenta (grain): A product of flint corn, polenta is a
    coarse corn meal dried then fried. Polenta is a versatile
    alternative to pasta, bread, or rice. Add plenty of sauce or
    cheese and butter and you have a meal.

  • Harmony House corn (vegetable). Pictured at the top of
    the page, freeze dried corn will be a favorite in your
    pantry. Harmony House offers foods for your everyday food
    storage. Gently air dried and carefully selected vegetables
    there are no additives or preservatives in Harmony House
    foods. These Non-GMO Dehydrated vegetables maintain
    their high nutritive value with less nutrients lost and store
    for 1-2 years in your cupboard, which means no more
    wasted food! You get 15 ounces of dried corn, which yields
    42 ounce when reconstituted.

  • Mountain House corn (vegetable). Golden Sweet Whole
    Kernel Corn from Mountain House, pictured at the bottom
    of the page, comes packed in a #10 can. Mountain House
    offers a unique canning process using both vacuum oxygen
    removal and nitrogen flushing, which removes up to 98% of
    the residual oxygen. This guarantees freshness for 25-30
    years!


  • Noah was Right Emergency Bucket of Corn (vegetable).
    This bucket of Freeze Dried Corn comes in twenty pouches,
    each with 8-servings for a total of 160 servings. For around
    31-cents a serving, don't pass up this peace of mind in a
    bucket.


Learn from the Pioneers
What provisions did the pioneers pack for their 2000-mile
journey along the Oregon trail?
Pioneers along the Oregon trail
were preppers
of sorts and packed a half a bushel of dried corn
for the trip, among other dried foods. They packed parched corn
to make soups and corn meal to make mush porridges eaten
with milk for supper. If there were any leftovers, cold mush was
sliced and fried in brown butter the next day.

Buy Organic Corn!
Preppers must buy organic corn. 86-90% of all corn products are
genetically modified organisms. It's dangerous to play with
mother nature!
Genetically Modified Corn is dangerous.

  • Give Legacy Foods freeze dried corn a try! Pictured at
    the lower right-hand of the page, Legacy Foods are 100%
    certified GMO free, and Legacy foods are made in the USA.
    Simple to prepare meals, just add water! Considering that
    most corn is GMO (about 96% is GMO), you can feel happy
    and confident serving your family Legacy Foods corn.

Facts about corn (hidden GMO corn to avoid):
While corn is an essential survival food for its carbohydrate
value, preppers avoid processed corn and corn that's not organic
because they are mostly GMO. Here are the many hidden
sources of corn products to avoid.

  • Be a label reader. Corn is in almost every food product by
    way of margarine, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch,
    and carmel coloring. Also ascorbic acid, calcium citrate,
    cellulose, citric acid, dextrin,  dextrose, ethanol, ferrous
    gluconate, iodized salt, lactic acid, malotdextron,
    magnesium citrate, magnesium stearate, malic acid, malt
    flavoring, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate,
    sorbitol, sucralose, and Xanthan gum to name a few!

    More hidden sources of corn:
  • Cornmeal in baked in the crusts of bagels and pizza.
  • Baking powder and powdered sugar (cornstarch is in
    there!)
  • Honey and vanilla extract may contain corn syrup!
  • Even aspirin, lozenges, ointments suppositories,
    vitamins, laxatives may contain cornstarch or corn
    syrup!

  • Watch your meat and poultry. Corn is the primary feed
    for chicken, pigs and cows. If you're eating corn, then so
    are you if you're eating poultry, pork or beef:

  • Poultry: Feed your chickens organic, non-GMO verified
    foods.

  • Pork: Buy organic dent corn for your pig feed.

  • Beef: Insist on buying grass fed! Corn fattens cattle
    and wreaks havoc on their digestive systems, so much
    that it requires antibiotics to fix the problem. It's just
    another reason to insist on only on buying grass-fed
    beef. Pictured left, Yoder's is grass-fed beef made the
    Amish way. The cans last 10-years making it an ideal
    everyday pantry item.
Happy endings...
Non-GMO corn is a wonderful addition to your food storage.
Organic corn in the can is a must, but try also organic baby corn
for soups and stir fry. Add organic masa harina to your lineup,
along with a tortilla press and your group can enjoy fresh warm
tortillas. Have "polenta" of grits available and you can enjoy
Italian polenta with Bob's Red Mill corn. Corn grits make a
hearty corn bread. The list goes on and on about what you can
do with corn.

Related Articles

  • How much corn is enough for a half a year? See the
    pioneer provision list and learn pooneers packed a half a
    bushel of cornmeal on their journey along the the Oregon
    Trail.


  • Buy Only Non-GMO corn! Not only is Monsanto getting in
    the way of Apparently, the Corn Refiners Association will
    now be labeling high fructose corn syrup products as
    “fructose” on the ingredient list.

Happy endings...
It may be corny to say, but corn is great with chicken. (Corn,
corn, chicken and corn). Prepper have "polenta" of fun with corn.

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* Is corn a vegetable or a grain? Actually, corn is a caryopsis, or dry fruit. If corn
comes from the reproductive part of a plant it's a grain fruit. If it comes from the
vegetative part of the plant, it's a vegetable.

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