For making cornmeal, I start with fine looking flint corn:
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:
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:
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No grain mill? No worries!
Use a blender - ours is a Vitamix:
Or use an attachment for a standing mixer - we use a Mockmill stone mill:
For other uses like pancakes, cakes and cornbread, I grind to a finer consistency.
Our favorite Traditional Polenta Recipe
A tasty Polenta Cakes Recipe