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Homemade Cornmeal

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Did you know you can make homemade cornmeal using regular everyday popcorn kernels? If you ran out of cornmeal, or for some reason it isn’t available where you live, learn how to make cornmeal at home.

Making cornmeal at home is so easy to do. And it can be used in any recipe that requires cornmeal such as cornbread, corn dogs, etc.

If corn meal is readily available at your supermarket you may not want to make it at home, but it is so fun to try it at least once. It’s nice to think that, the homemade cornbread you just made was made from homemade cornmeal from popcorn kernels, haha. It is so easy to do, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Popcorn kernels in a glass bowl next to a food processor.

In order to make homemade cornmeal you need just a few ingredients and tools:

  • Popcorn Kernels – I just use the really cheap store brand stuff. Or you can use feed corn or dried whole kernel corn. If you buy corn on the cob, you can set it out and let it dry for several weeks and use that too.

Tools

Step 2: How to make homemade cornmeal from popcorn kernels

Bowl of popcorn kernels

Begin with a bowl of popcorn kernels. They are probably easier to find then dried whole kernel corn or feed corn. But you can certainly use either of those.

If you don’t mind waiting you can buy corn on the cob from the store and then just let it dry out. It will take several weeks however to dry out completely. Then you need to take the time to remove the kernels from the cob. Plus it is kind of fun just making homemade cornmeal with popcorn kernels!

popcorn kernels being blended in a food processor on a wooden table.

Add the popcorn kernels to a food processor, coffee grinder, or hand crank miller. Then turn it on and blend for a few minutes. It will be really loud. Eventually the kernels will start to break down.

I generally will do it in stages.

homemade cornmeal and popcorn kernels being sifted into a bowl.

After blending the kernels for a few minutes, remove them and the resulting cornmeal and pour them into a strainer, shake and move the kernels around to allow the cornmeal to fall into a bowl. You can use clean hands to push them through as well.

Put the leftover kernels back in the food processor and repeat.

NOTE: If you plan to do this often, you may elect to use an actual mill/grinder so it doesn’t dull the blades of the food processor. A few times once in a while will be fine in the food processor, however.

Food processor with homemade cornmeal in it.

Keep repeating until you have broken up all the popcorn kernels into homemade cornmeal. It will take 7 to 10 minutes depending on the food processor, coffee grinder, or hand crank miller that you use.

Hand sifting homemade cornmeal from large chunks of corn.

And that is the basic process for making homemade cornmeal using popcorn kernels. Which the same steps will be applied to any whole kernel dried corn.

Bowl of homemade cornmeal made from popcorn kernels.

And now you can use that cornmeal that you just made in any recipe that calls for cornmeal. Super easy right? Enjoy!

How long does homemade cornmeal last?

If you store the cornmeal in a cool and dry place in an airtight container it will last about a year in the pantry, or 3 to 4 years frozen. Pretty awesome shelf-life.

Homemade cornmeal pin for Pinterest
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Homemade Cornmeal

Did you know you can make cornmeal at home using popcorn kernels? Pretty awesome right? And it is so easy to make in about 10 minutes. Use the homemade cornmeal in any recipe that calls for cornmeal. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dry, easy, popcorn
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Matt Taylor

Equipment

  • Food processor, coffee grinder, hand crank miller
  • Strainer
  • Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup popcorn kernels or feed corn dried whole kernel corn, etc. (will make about 1 1/4 cups of cornmeal)

Instructions

  • Place the popcorn kernels in the food processor, coffee grinder, miller, etc. Blend for a few minutes until the corn starts to break down.
  • Pour the contents into a strainer or sifter and sift out the cornmeal. Then place the remaining larger kernels back in the food processor and repeat the process until what is left is a nice bowl of freshly ground cornmeal.
  • Use the cornmeal in any recipe that calls for cornmeal.
  • Store any leftover cornmeal in an airtight container, in a cool dry place like a pantry for about a year, or freeze it for a few years.

Video

How to Make Cornmeal | Easy Homemade Cornmeal Recipe

Notes

Note: You don’t normally use cornmeal by itself, but in case you do, the nutritional facts reflect that. 
list of nutritional facts for homemade cornmeal

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