Red Corn has a deep red color and when cooked a soft, firm texture. This corn is 1 cm in width and length. Corn was introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus on his return from the New World. It was originally known as Maize. This multi colored Corn, was mainly used as decoration, but is now gaining popularity as a useful grain for cooking. Corn comes in various colors blue, red, purple and a giant white kernel. Corn add eye appeal and a unique corn flavor to stews, soups and casseroles. Ground corn is used for many products such as Corn Meal, Corn Starch, Masa Harina and Corn Flour.
Whole Corn conjures up images of thick Mexican stews, often flavored with pork. It works well in tomato soups or tossed with rice spices. Can be used as regular corn or prepared as Corn Posole.
Corn Posole preparation:
Pick through the dried corn (up to 2.5 cups dried) and remove the corn chips and the small rocks, then rinse well.
Soak the corn overnight.
Prepare the lime solution (calcium hydroxide). Pickling lime can be found in most supermarkets, Mrs. Wages brand for example. Place 2 quarts of water in a large stainless steel pot and bring it to a boil. Add 2.5 tablespoons of pickling lime and stir till it is dissolved.
Place the soaked corn in the lime water and boil for approximately 15 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool about an hour or two.
Drain the corn in a colander.
Place the corn in a large bowl and rinse very thoroughly by kneading the corn with your hands and occasionally tipping the bowl to pour off any loose material that floats to the top. The corn must be rinsed well to remove the calcium hydroxide.
Boil the corn in water salted to your taste until it is tender, one hour or longer.
It is now posole and can be used in your recipe.
Corn Posole preparation courtesy of David Beaupre
Serving Size: 1/4 cup, dry (56 g)
Nutrient Amount %DV
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 22 Total Fat 2.5 g 4% Trans Fat -- g
Sodium 21 mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 42 g 14% Dietary Fiber 16 g
Protein 4 g Vitamin A 6% Iron 8%
Not a significant source of saturated fat, cholesterol, vitamin C and calcium.
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