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Blending 101: How to Make Fresh Cornmeal

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How to Make Fresh Cornmeal by @BlenderBabes
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Making your own cornmeal in a high power blender that can handle dry goods is fast, inexpensive and healthy.

The boxes you buy at the grocery store are costly and contain preservatives.

With a good blender, such as 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.

Be sure the kernels are dry before grinding them in your high powered blender.  

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How To Make Cornmeal

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  • 1/4 to 2 cups unpopped popcorn preferably organic/NonGMO


  • Place popcorn in the jar
  • For Blendtec: Press the SPEED UP Button to Speed 10 and run for 50 seconds (full cycle)
  • For 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.
  • 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.

Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner
Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

31 thoughts on “Blending 101: How to Make Fresh Cornmeal”

  1. Question: would it be easier on the blender if you added the liquids (such as milk or oil) called for in a recipe with the popcorn kernals in the blender? We have just a normal Phillips blender.

    1. Hi Eliajah! No you do not want to add liquids when blending dry goods. If you have a normal blender and not a power blender, I do not recommend blending something as hard as popcorn kernals. It may break your blender. When you’re ready to upgrade I have lots of recommended blenders!

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