Want to dehydrate corn? You’ll love how easy it is to dry corn, especially if you have a dehydrator.
When you use the freshest, sweetest corn around you will get amazing dried corn. It’s so good you will want to eat those dried kernels as snacks – for real! It really is true – the quality and flavor of the food you put in your dehydrator will determine the quality and flavor of the food you get out. Use the best produce you can.
We picked up a big batch of corn from the farmer’s market, it just happened to be bi-color corn, but don’t be fooled to think it’s always the sweetest, there are some golden corn varieties that are even sweeter. Ask your farmer!
Of course, if fresh corn isn’t available, you can dehydrate frozen or canned corn as well. Just thaw and drain and continue with the instructions below.
Husk the corn. If you can, do this outside.
Blanch corn by bringing bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling add cobs of corn to water, wait for water to return to boiling then boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately cool in an ice water bath and drain well. Blanching ensures the aging enzymes in corn (the ones that turn corn from sweet to starchy) are destroyed and keeps your corn tasty sweet and delicious.
Do NOT add salt to water as this will toughen the corn.
Cut corn off the cobs by placing cob end in the opening of a bundt pan. The pan will catch all the kernels and provide a steady base for the cob of corn as you run a sharp knife down the sides of the cob between the cob and the corn kernels.
Alternatively, cut a slice off the bottom of the corn cob to give you a level surface so you can hold the cob vertically on a cutting board without it wobbling. Run the knife down the sides of the cob.
Spread corn kernels on dehydrator trays in a single layer to allow for plenty of air circulation. Break any large pieces of corn apart into separate kernels for even drying.
Dehydrate at 125°F or 52°C until corn kernels are hard and dry. Depending on humidity levels this can take 8-12 hours.
Allow corn to cool thoroughly before storing in airtight jars. Simply turn the dehydrator off and let them sit for another 30 minutes. This ensures that there won’t be any condensation build up on the inside of the jars.
Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry, dark place for up to one year.
How to Rehydrate & Use Dried Corn
When making soups or stews that have a lot of liquid and require cooking for more than 15 minutes, I add dried corn directly to the dish without rehydrating.
In other recipes like rice pilaf, salads, casseroles, side dishes, etc, it’s best to rehydrate corn kernels before using. Whenever possible, use the rehydrating liquid in cooking to retain vitamins and minerals.
To Rehydrate Dried Corn
Pour enough boiling water over dried corn to cover completely. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes until corn looks and feels almost as plum as fresh corn. Boiling hot water speeds the process, you could use cold water if you wish.
To use, drain corn and enjoy in your favorite recipes.
Other Uses for Dried Corn
Hey, did you know you can use the dried corn as is? Some people love it as a tasty snack right out of the dehydrator – I find it a little too crunchy for that, but grinding it and using it as corn meal? Now that’s something definitely worth trying.
You can add course or find ground dried corn to hot cereal, granola, pancake or muffin batter, corn bread, etc.
Adding dried corn to is another way I like to use dried corn.
I think I’ll try homemade cornmeal in these Rhubarb Cornmeal Surprise Muffins.
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