How to Make Fresh Cornmeal

How to Make Fresh Cornmeal by @BlenderBabesEnter our latest Blender Giveaway!

Making your own cornmeal in a commercial blender is fast, inexpensive and healthy.  The boxes you buy at the grocery store are costly, and contain preservatives.  With a Blendtec or Vitamix blender you can grind regular popcorn into fresh corn meal or corn flour, and use for baking such as corn bread, muffins, polenta, tortillas, tamales, or frying.  Remember to minimum cover the blade of your blender, and make up to 2-3 cups at a time.  If you make more than a recipe requires and wish to keep, store in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.  Blender Babes recommends soaking your fresh ground grain before use, which breaks down the phytates and makes them more digestible.  Just make sure they are dry before grinding them in your Blendtec or Vitamix blender.  

Note: When grinding hard grains, it may pit the BPA free jar interior, resulting in a “fogged” appearance.  Blender Babes uses and recommends keeping one jar specifically for dry goods and one for all else – since cosmetic alternations are not covered under warranty.

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How To Make Cornmeal

How to Make Fresh Cornmeal by @BlenderBabes

Recipe type: Grinding
  1. Place popcorn in the jar
  2. Blendtec: Press the SPEED UP Button to Speed 10 and run for 50 seconds (full cycle)
  3. Vitamix: Use special dry grains jar. Select VARIABLE, speed 1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high. Grind to desired degree of fineness, about 1 min.
  4. All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes

Many indigenous people used lime (the mineral, not lemon’s cousin) water in preparation of cornmeal. This was the tradition of early peoples, who probably had no idea what the many health benefits of doing so entailed.

Cornmeal is packed with many nutrients. This whole grain is a good source of riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, niacin, thiamine, and vitamins B-6, E and K.  Cornmeal also contains 18 amino acids and minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.

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  1. karen carder says

    Can this be done with a food processor or blender? Dont have a Vitamix and live on an island in the Philippines. Also, they sell corn here. They grill it, but seems more like field corn. Could I buy that, shuck it, dry a bit, blend and then dry some more?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      It needs to be hard to make cornmeal. We’ve never tried this, but don’t think a regular blender or food processor are strong enough to grind. :-/ SORRY!

  2. Vandy says

    Just so happen to have some popcorn on hand. Put a 1/4 cup in my Blendtec and it came out perfectly. I also made the rice flour which was great too. Thanks!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Awesome Vandy! Thanks for sharing with our community! You’re reminding us of a jalapeño corn bread recipe we’ve been wanting to test! :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  3. says

    We are going to try blending our corn meal into corn flour in our vitamix tonight. As far as I know, corn flour is just a finer version of corn meal. Can’t imagine life without an amazing blender!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yay Kari! Isn’t it amazing! Grinding corn meal and corn flour in our blender was one of the first homemade flours we ever tried. Yes you are correct, the longer you blend the finer the grain will get, so your corn meal will make a nice corn flour in a minute or two. Let us know how it worked for you and what you made. :)