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If you're like most people, you see cornmeal on the grocery shelf quite regularly. It's usually near the flour and sugar. Maybe you occasionally buy it and make some cornbread. But beyond that, how much do you actually know about cornmeal? To many, cornmeal is a bit of a mystery. What is it? Where does it come from? How else can you use it? Well, you'll have those questions — and others — answered if you keep on reading.
What is cornmeal?
Some might tell you that cornmeal is basically flour made from corn. Whereas flour is ground wheat, cornmeal is ground corn. This is a decent description, but it's not entirely accurate. You can buy a product called cornflour, and it is milled finer than cornmeal. So really, cornmeal is like the corn version of flour, but ground coarser. It's also important to note the type of corn used to make cornmeal. It's not the sweet corn you're used to eating from a can or off the cob in the summer. It's field corn — the harder, dry corn typically eaten by cattle.
Where is cornmeal made?
Most cornmeal sold in North America is made in North America. The United States grows a lot of corn, including that used for cornmeal, and some of that cornmeal is shipped up to Canada.
That being said, cornmeal is a product made and used around the world. Many different cultures have their own ways of using it. Italians like to turn it into polenta. Mexicans use it to make tamales, and in the Caribbean, it is used to make cou-cou, a porridge served with fish.
How long can you store cornmeal?
Since cornmeal is typically sold in big, 5-pound bags, you may wonder whether you can use a whole bag before it expires. Here's some good news: it should last about a year. Make sure you keep it in a sealed container so that pests cannot get to it. If you store it in the fridge, it may keep a few months longer.
What are some other ways to use cornmeal?
In North America, people tend to use cornmeal most often to make cornbread. But here are some other ideas to help awaken your creativity:
Cornmeal is a pretty cool ingredient once you learn more about it! Talk to a supplier, such as Dover Corn Products LTD, to order yours.