corn in the prepper's pantry

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

Stockpile more corn the prepper's pantry.
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.*

Dehydrated and freeze dried corn is ideal for your food storage.
When foods are dried (dehydrated), microorganisms can't grow
and foods will not spoil. Dehydrating takes out the water ~
molds, yeast and bacteria need water to grow.

Prepping with Corn in the Prepper's Pantry
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.

Why stockpile corn? There are loads of reasons:

#1: Corn is loaded with nutrition.
Packed with a good source of dietary fiber, you'll find corn has
pantothenic acid, phosphorus, manganese niacin, and Vitamin B6.
Nutrient-dense and fiber-filled, corn is good food. You'll find that
even
popcorn, which is low in calories is high in nutrition too.

Backpackers love the light weight and quick rehydration time of
Harmony House Foods Freeze-Dried Whole Corn, pictured right.
They are so good, you can eat these right out of the jar! That's
extremely practical if water is in short supply or if you need a
quick snack to get you going. This corn would make an ideal
addition to your bugout bags and comes in smaller pouches.

#2: Corn packs in the carbohydrates.
In times of crisis or famine, you'll want to pack your food storage
with plenty of healthy carbohydrates ~ and corn provides the
answer. Corn contains carbohydrates essential for preppers, and
the starch content also helps make it a high energy food for your
pantry.

#3: Corn is a great addition to soups, and stews.
Because corn dehydrates well and packs energy as a nutrition-
dense food, it makes an ideal ingredient for soups, stews and
chili. You'll find corn in freeze dried meals, but you can also use
them in your own recipes.

  • Harmony House Corn Chowder Mix. The creative Harmony
    House Corn Chowder mix,  pictured right is the base for their
    Creamy Good Corn Chowder Blend, but without the added
    salt and seasonings! This mix starts with premium Non-GMO
    Freeze Dried Corn, and then adds creamy white potatoes,
    colorful red and green bell peppers, and sweet onions!. This
    succulent blend not only tastes delicious, but it also contains
    35% of the RDA for Vitamin C in every serving.

#4: Corn is ultra versatile.  
Above we mentioned you can use corn as a vegetable and as a
grains to add variety to your prepper's pantry.  Corn is an
extremely versatile food and there are many varieties of corn.
Though you may not realize it

  • Dent corn (Dried Field Corn). Dent corn also called "field
    corn" is a grain. Dent corn is often used for livestock
    (specifically it's feed for chickens and hogs), but just
    because it's for them, doesn't mean it's not for us too. Dent
    corn ideal for baking cornbread, adding to soups or for
    making corn tortillas. Dent corn 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.

  • Grind corn: Preppers can grind dehydrated yellow corn
    kernels into fresh, whole-grain cornmeal with the germ (not
    de-germinated as found in grocery stores).

  • Freeze dried Sweet Corn #10 can. You get 23 servings of
    Augason Farms Freeze Dried Sweet Corn in the 16 oz #10
    can. Delicious, with just enough sweetness, this sweet corn
    rehydrates quickly for use in soups, salads or just as a side
    dish.

  • 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!



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.

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

  • Popcorn. Did you know popcorn is non-GMO? Popcorn is an
    ideal food storage that hast roots in the ancestry of Native
    Americans. Kids love popcorn and it's non-GMO.

  • High fructose corn syrup warning. Apparently, the Corn
    Refiners Association will now be labeling high fructose corn
    syrup products as “fructose” on the ingredient list. Be aware
    that it's GMO corn.

Think about adding corn starch to your food list!
Cornstarch isn't on many prepper's shopping lists, but perhaps it
should be! Cornstarch was popular during the
Great Depression
because people made food from scratch. It helped make recipes
stretch to create more servings and feed more people.

Cornstarch can thicken sauces, gravies, soups, pie fillings and
puddings to help add a more satisfying meal.  Cornstarch is a
dense powder thats made from the endosperm portion of corn.

When America first had a surplus of corn, the price of a bushel of
corn fell to just eight or ten cents at the turn of the century. With
so much corn there was an opportunity to find new uses.
Homemakers soon learned this one product had so many uses.

Here are some of the many uses of cornstarch:
  1. soothes rashes, beats heat rash, prevents diaper rash
  2. sunburn reliever as a paste
  3. deodorizes under arms to absorb moisture
  4. absorbs odors in your shoes as a talcum powder
  5. keeps roaches away
  6. works as a dry shampoo for pets
  7. prevents chafing while hiking so you won't get blisters on
    your feet
  8. frees rubber gloves from sticking to your hands for easy
    removal
  9. helps polish silver
  10. stiffens clothes as a starch for ironing

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.

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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