Spread the kernels on trays for sun drying. If mother nature cooperates dry them for 2-3 days in the sun, bringing the trays indoors at night or in inclement wet weather.
To oven dry them set the trays in a preheated oven at 110 - 120 F. Rotate and stir them occasionally to help ensure uniform drying - but try not to overlap them.
Once they are shriveled and hard they are dry. To rehydrate them - cook in boilng water when ready for use. One part of dried kernels per 2 parts water - should take 40 -45 minutes. The corn should be plump and tender when finished - almost as if they were never dehydrated.
Late-season varieties of corn are suitable for grinding once they've been dried.
You do not have to be in a hurry to harvest the ears you plan on grinding, leave the ears on the stalk until after the first fall frost. This gives them the opportunity to fully mature.
In snow free climates - you can leave the corn on the stalk throughout the winter and let it dry up along with the stalk, although the chance of the varmints or even fungus getting at it before you do are greater in this scenario.
Harvest the corn, husk it, remove any silk that falls off freely and place the ears in burlap or mesh bags. Some people prefer to braid the ears together, in much the same fashion as the decorative corn that adorns homes around the Fall Holidays.
What ever method you choose, hang them in a cool dry location for a few months to thoroughly dry out.
You can also use kernels dried in the method described under drying corn on this page for for grinding.
Either a manual or electric mill will suffice to grind corn [ See - Grain Mills for Home Use ]. Grind it ahead of time and store, or grind it as you need it for the best quality and flavor.
Coarsely ground corn can be used for 'crack corn' - and uh - NO - You do not smoke it - It's Crack CORN. Jimmy Crack corn and used it for a delicious breakfast cereal, and you can too. More finely ground corn can be used for corn flour and corn starch but this gets fairly involved as it needs to be "wet ground" to remove the hull as well.
Speaking of Crack - have you ever tried "Crackles", they are ultra thin chips - similar to tortillas.
Cornmeal pancakes, are another item that can be made from ground corn.
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