Dehydrate frozen corn to get a head start on your dehydrated pantry. It's so easy to do, and is worth having shelf-stable vegetables that are easy to integrate into all of your family's meals!
Why dehydrate frozen corn?
Because it's so quick and easy! The prep work has been done for you. No shucking, no removing the kernels from the cob, no picking away at the silks. Just open a bag, throw it on a tray, and dry!
How to Dehydrate Frozen Corn
Step 1: Cut open a bag
Really - it is that simple!
Step 2: Place frozen kernels on your dehydrator tray
You may need to use a mesh sheet if your tray has very open grates. Dehydrate your corn kernels frozen or thawed. The only thing affected is the time it takes.
Step 3: Dry at 125F/52C
Time could take anywhere from 6-12 hours depending on how densely you packed the trays, your home's humidity, your machine, etc.
Step 4: Dryness test
Kernels should be translucent, hard, and plink when dropped on a hard surface
Step 5: Condition
Condition by placing corn in a large, airtight container. Shake it once a day for 5-7 days.
Conditioning helps ensure that the corn has equalized the little moisture that is left (no clumps of under dried corn), and allows you to check for moisture buildup or mold before storage.
Step 6: Store
Corn is best stored in an airtight container that is approximately the same volume as your dried corn. You can store dried corn for up to five years.
YIELD: 1 cup of frozen corn is approximately ½ cup dried corn.
To rehydrate dried corn
There are quite a few ways to rehydrate dehydrated foods. Remember, all dehydrated foods need some time to rehydrate, plus cook if they weren't fully cooked before drying.
Corn is one of the easiest foods to rehydrate. It doesn't need much prep at all.
- Tossing into a soup or stew that is simmering for 20-30 minutes
- Letting corn sit in a hot water soak for 20+ minutes
- Soaking overnight in the fridge in water
Uses for dehydrated corn
- Throw into soups, stews, casseroles. Corn rehydrates fairly easily when given 20-30 minutes to simmer.
- Grind to make quick cornmeal in a pinch (most cornmeal is made from a white or yellow dent corn - different than the sweet corn you might find in the frozen aisle, this can work in a recipe emergency).
- Eat dried - it's not hard like corn nuts, and is a sweet treat
Recipes using Dehydrated Corn:
Watch as I dehydrate frozen corn and make it into taco soup and cornmeal!
Dehydrate Frozen Corn
- Frozen Corn
- Place frozen corn onto dehydrator trays
- Dry at 125F / 52C for 6-10 hours
- Corn done when slightly transluscent, hard, and plinks when dropped on hard surface.
- Store in an airtight container for up to five years.