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asemery



Joined: 22 Dec 2007
Posts: 228


Location: Pennsylvania, USA

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:31 pm    Post subject: Dried Sweet Corn  Reply with quote

Thanksgiving is coming up shortly here in the USA and that means dried sweet corn. This corn has a nutty flavor that is unlike the fresh or canned product. Although there are as many recipes as there are cooks I thing the simplest is the best.
1/2 to 1 cup dried corn
Water to cover
Small amount of milk (or cream)
1-2 Tbsps. butter
Freshly ground pepper
Put corn into a saucepan and add water to cover. Simmer about half an hour. Retain the water and add a small amount of milk, plus a tablespoon or two of butter. Add fresh ground pepper.
Corn pie is also delicious.

Dried sweet corn is a Pennsylvania Dutch staple.    The corn is not cooked before drying but merely blanched (some recipes call for putting the blanched cobs in ice water to stop the cooking)  
http://www.simplycanning.com/dehydrating-corn.html.
My mother-in-law had an antique corn dryer that looked exactly like this
http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=196&t=31650

As a matter of fact one company specializes in making and selling dried corn
http://www.johncopes.com/
Copes dried sweet corn prides itself as continuing a PA Dutch tradition. Has this tradition spread to other areas?
Thanksgiving here in the States is a little over a month away and that is the traditional time to serve dried corn.  I can hardly wait.  Cheers, Tony
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Rena



Joined: 15 Sep 2010
Posts: 3547


Location: Way out West in Klamath Falls, OR-USA

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your recipe looks soooo good! ...and easy to make. Kinda reminds me of hominy.

Corn isn't quite a staple here on the west coast USA, unless you are livestock!

The Dutch in our area are dairy farmers for the most part. They do make a 'type' of sausage....can't remember the name though, and have a dance demonstration at a local brew beer n pizza place.

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