Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm!
Not much happening on the actual harvest front. Just more raspberries and watermelon radishes picked this week. Unless you count 10 billion leaves as a "harvest."
But I had an opportunity to finish processing a prior harvest. Here's a repost of a picture from a few weeks ago, showing our "Floriani" Red Flint corn drying in the sun room.
Having judged it was dry enough for storage, today I shelled all of these 150+ cobs. I built a simple shelling tool I saw in Mother Earth News. It's just a piece of scrap wood, with a 2-inch hole bored. I drilled four holes at a 45 degree angle, and tapped in nails. Super-easy, and refreshingly low-tech.
It's just a matter of twisting the cob through. When it pokes through enough, pull from the other side and continue twisting. The kernels pop off, and then you use your hands to completely shell whatever's left on the cob. Be warned, the kernels fly everywhere, and bounce even further. On the plus side, the bouncing kernels became very amusing cat toys.
After doing 4 or 5, my bare hands learned what my brain already knew--it is called flint corn for a reason! I quickly switched to a pair of new thin leather gloves.
The 2-inch diameter hole was perfect for all but the very fattest cobs. I guess I drilled the nail holes a little big, but it worked out fine since the nails could be adjusted by sliding up or down. About 3/4 of the way through the project, I had to replace the nails as they had bent and were too loose.
After about 2 1/2 hours, the job was done! It yielded over 25 pounds (11.36 kg.) of corn goodness.
I don't yet have any experience with this, but I read that one cup of kernels yields 1 1/4 cups corn meal. So doing some rough math, and weighing a cup of kernels at 5.65 ounces, that's about 88 cups of corn meal. Wow!
Now we get a chance to use our "Wondermill Junior" hand-crank grain mill. I predict lots of corn muffins, corn bread, and corn pancakes in my future! Yum, yum, and yum! I've also bought some pickling lime for nixtamalization, to make grits and tortillas. Even more yum and yum!
An offering of cobs to the corn gods, to be gratefully placed on a sacrificial bonfire:
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and happy harvests to all! And thanks to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday.