Drying down corn for storage

Drying down corn for storage

Drying corn for storage

 

If you live in a dried climate like mine, corn can be air-dried for use as popcorn, flour corn, or seed. Allow the corn to dry down on the stock for as long as possible. I usually harvest mine before the first fall rain. The corn itself can be dried on the ear, but the husk can hold and attract moisture so much be removed before drying or risk the corn molding. Place on a wire or slatted table in a ventilated, preferably sunny area with enough space between the ears to allow about airflow. Check frequently and rotate if necessary to allow for even drying. For me, the ears are fully dry and the corn is ready for removal and storage after about two weeks. Corn that is fully dry will be brittle, and will shatter when hammered as opposed to denting or bending. The same will happen if you bite it but be careful, you could break a tooth!