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Making and Using Cornmeal at Home

For making cornmeal, I start with fine looking flint corn:

Floriani Red Flint Corn on the cob


After shelling the seeds, I like to winnow them a few times to the bits of lose cob and other debris to get clean seeds:

Floriani Red Flint Corn shelled and cleaned

By adjusting your grinding mill, you can make either coarse or fine cornmeal. We prefer it coarse for making polenta. 

There are several ways to transform your homegrown whole corn kernels into cornmeal.

Use a hand crank grain mill - ours is a Grainmaker Mill:

Floriani Red Flint Corn ground into coarse cornmeal

(this photo is at a different scale than the next two--redo it)

No grain mill? No worries!

Use a blender - ours is a Vitamix:

Cornmeal Florani Red Flint Corn ground in Vitamix


Or use an attachment for a standing mixer - we use a Mockmill stone mill:

Cornmeal Florani Red Flint Corn ground in Mockmill


For other uses like pancakes, cakes and cornbread, I grind to a finer consistency.

Our favorite Traditional Polenta Recipe

Floriani Red Flint Corn cooked into polenta


A tasty Polenta Cakes Recipe

Two Polenta Cakes fresh from the skillet served with slow cooked Vaquero Beans mmm... YUM!