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I was in Sam's Club today and saw a big 25# bag of popcorn and wondered if I should pick up a few.

Other than popping it, are there other uses for popcorn?

Can it be ground into cornmeal?

Can it be used to feed animals?

I haven't stocked any dried corn, mostly wheat,beans, rice, oats. Just wondering if I am missing out on something.
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Yes, it can easily be ground into cornmeal.

Too expensive for animal feed, get lower grade meal for the animals.
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Also if, there is a particular type of corn that is better to store, please list it and where one might find it.
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im curious to know the best long lasting kernals to store as well - chime in!
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Just a bit of cooking trivia;

to determine what the temp in a skillet with oil is, take one kernel of popcorn and drop it in the skillet.

when the kernel pops the temp of the oil is about 350 deg.



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im curious to know the best long lasting kernals to store as well - chime in!
air tight.

popcorn "pops" because of the high water content in the kernel.

if the kernels dry out you get under popped popcorn.

If this happens try adding a few drops of water to the container and allow to sit overnight. The popcorn should absorb the water and pop just fine.



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Popcorn makes the tastiest cornmeal you've ever had. I store it specifically for that reason. Makes delicious cornbread and grits. I grind it once then sift. The fines that come through the sifter are what I use for corn meal. The rest is larger pieces and hulls. When I want to make grits with it, I toss it in some water and stir. The hulls float to the top and are easily discarded. The rest gets cooked.

Even though it's aweful high moisture for long term storage, it seems to do well just the same. I've never had any of it mold up. But you could always dry it a bit more if you're worried about it.
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good to know! i mainly wanna store it to grind it so the poppin wont matter BUT - in the after times maybe a little popcorn for the kids would be nice
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I have blue corn in storage because I love blue cornmeal.
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Its food. Just about everything with a mouth will eat it. Mammals, birds, and fish.
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I toss the unpopped kernels out to the chickens, and they seem to love it.
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good to know! i mainly wanna store it to grind it so the poppin wont matter BUT - in the after times maybe a little popcorn for the kids would be nice
That's another benefit to it. It's one of the few treats that can store long term and be prepared under even the most primitive conditions. Butter powder is a great addition to add while it's still hot from the pan. It melts right in.

You can try this out for yourself by buying Butter Buds or Molly McButter in the store. Since it's in granule form you'll probably have to grind it to powder or it won't stick long enough to melt. A light misting of oil from a sprayer will help it stick.
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Check out some recipes from Chef Brad.

http://www.chefbrad.com/fusion-grain...php?show_id=10
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Just wondering if I am missing out on something.
You may want to think about getting some put away. We have about 150# of it in LTS and about 40# handy for daily use. I know, 40# is a lot but I just bought another 25 the other day.

Another use that works well for us is to grind it twice and make corn flour out of it. The flour works well in making moose goo.

Moose Goo = 1 part peanut butter, 2 parts honey, 2 parts corn flour. Mix well. Stores in a BOB for up to 6 months.

EDIT............. It makes GREAT solar oven polenta too!
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Like wombat said, makes great bait.
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Like wombat said, makes great bait.
Ok, I'll bite. No pun intended.

How do you get popcorn on a hook? Corn I have used...
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Thanks every one for the input. I have been thinking of some popcorn myself, you all just made up my mind. Guess I better get more buckets.
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good to know! i mainly wanna store it to grind it so the poppin wont matter BUT - in the after times maybe a little popcorn for the kids would be nice
I'm just starting to store corn. I've been "a studyin' on it" and I'm going to be storing a lot of popcorn for several reasons. 1. It always seems to be a little better quality corn if you're just looking at regular type corn. 2. It does grind well. 3. You can always use it for popcorn! Popcorn may not seem like like a super treat now, but in a situation where snacks and munchies are not easily available popcorn can be king. With the spices you have on hand you can make popcorn bunches of different flavors. I like anything I can store that I can use lots of different ways.
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Does it grow if you plant it?
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Does it grow if you plant it?
To my knowledge they have not screwed with pop corn yet. It should still be an open pollinated heirloom variety.
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