How To Dry Corn
Fresh corn does not have a long shelf life, but on drying, corn can be stored and used later. In this blog, you will learn how to dry corn. The easiest way to dry corn for future use is to dry it on the cob, in the oven. Read on to know how to dry corn at home…
Steps to Dry Corn at Home
- Peel the husk and remove silk strands from corncob.
- Wash in water and ensure that corn is absolutely clean.
- Trim the ends of cob and discard.
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees F.
- Blanch corn on cobs for 4 minutes. For this, boil a large pot of water on the stove. Add in the corncobs and let blanch for 4 minutes. Remove the cobs one by one using tongs and freeze break the cooking process by immersing the cobs in a bowl of cold or iced water.
- Layer cobs on baking trays. Do not stack them, a single layer would facilitate better and even drying.
- Place baking trays in oven.
- If using a gas oven, keep door closed. If drying in an electric oven, the door should be kept ajar to let steam escape.
- Every 2 hours, rotate trays for even drying. Trays at the bottom can be placed on top and vice versa.
- In addition to rotating, each tray needs to be turned 180 degrees. This would allow cobs at the front of oven to be at the back and vice versa.
- Corn is dry, when it is brittle to touch.
- On an average, drying corn would take a minimum of 8 hours of baking in the oven. The time can vary depending on size of corn ears and water content in them. Moreover, larger number of cobs would take longer time. Similarly, bigger corn ears would also take longer time to get dry.
- Once dry, let dry corn cool for a minimum of 3 days outside the oven.
- Store dried corn in airtight containers.
Rehydrate and use dried corn in soups, stews, curries, and for garnish as and when required.