Framing Corn Kernels

David Knox

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I posted a question a few weeks ago about framing dried corn kernels because I knew about such things as weevils. Most framers said dried corn should pose no problem. Okay, just to be careful, I sprayed the kernels with insecticide and varnished them with clear varnish. Waited a couple of days and framed it. Within a week the weevils had hatched out of the dried corn kernels and made a mess in the frame. I was smarter this time around... bought seed corn at the local garden center and used that instead.
 
Obviously, those evil weevils did not respect your effort to preservation frame those kernels.

I once framed an ant farm. Couldn't you just call that a weevil farm and be happy for them?
 
Thanks for the update, Sherry. I wouldn't have thought about weevils in the dried corn kernels. :eek:

I guess my sister shouldn't worry about her framed corn as she has had it for years and no weevils have appeared.

This actually reminds me of the time when I tried drying chestnuts to put on an autumn wreath. I put them in the oven at a low temperature for quite a long time. I varnished them and after a week or so, all these little white worms (maggots??) started coming out of them. Yuck :eek: Needless to say, I didn't use them on my wreath!

[ 06-30-2006, 06:15 PM: Message edited by: Twin2 ]
 
Micro wave on defrost as if it was a 5lb roast.

Then freezer for a few days

repeat a few times.

And then when they still hatch.. remember the bottom rule: "never any food stuff in frame jobs."
 
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what difference seed corn will make.
Weevils infest corn in the field or in storage so no guarantees...or is see corn fumigated with noxious chemicals?

Gee, that makes me feel good about eating corn. :eek:
 
Weevils can be a problem with baking flour (as opposed to framing flour). I've been told to put any new bag of flour in the freezer for a few days to kill weevil eggs. I suppose it would work the same with corn.
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Originally posted by Baer Charlton:
Micro wave on defrost as if it was a 5lb roast.

I believe this is the procedure for making.....Popcorn???

PS: I maybe wrong on the proper method for making popcorn in a microwave. Being a reasonably good cook, I have exiled the microwave from my kitchen forever.
 
Paul, the "defrost" level on a Nuke is lower heat, and it cycles on and off.... never bringing the temp up to a "cooking" level.

Being a "reasonably good cook" doesn't mean that you couldn't use a good Nuke...

I went out and bought my first Nuke at about $700 the day I watched Julia Childs nuke Mozzarilla cheeze and pour it over toast.. later that hour she nuked perfect rice...

Now if she had poured the Mozz over the perfect rice, I might have bought it before lunch. :D

BTW: Most newer nukes have a "Popcorn" button... [2minutes on High], as well as "Defrost" for beef, poultry, and fish and several other "re-heat" options.

Our next nuke will be a combo of either nuke/convection or nuke/speed cook.

The N/C can Sear, brown, and cook a 3lb pot roast in 10 minutes flat.
 
Originally posted by D_Derbonne:
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what difference seed corn will make.
Weevils infest corn in the field or in storage so no guarantees...or is see corn fumigated with noxious chemicals?
I'm sure that something has been done to it to keep away the pests. Just as the thistle for bird seed will not grow weeds.
 
Deb,

Ya haven't been a corn <strike>farmer</strike> framer long, have ya??

Seed corn is usually pink when the farmer buys it. It is coated with all sorts of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, to keep it intact until it germinates. And the coating has an effect all the way through growth into the ear of corn.

We used to pick young field corn and eat it until they started doing this coating and screwing around with the genetic engineering of corn.

I wouldn't eat a kernel of young field corn today as it probably would screw up your gene pool for about 5 generations.

Framerguy
 
 
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