"Oh, I don't know, maybe a boxful."
I said, "Well, if you'll let me take it all, I will."
"Oh no, I don't think you can have it all!"
"Well, who does know?"
A call was made.......
"Oh, I guess you can have it all if you want it....and there is more in the back if you want that too!"
Okay, now what? Corn is corn, right?....ducks eat corn, right?.....colored corn is just as good as yellow corn, right? Do they eat it whole, do I have to crush it? The past couple of weeks, in between Christmas and cooking, I've stumbled over these boxes of corn in the kitchen while doing some research on-line. This research resulted in varying opinions. Although there's no question that they can eat it, there seems to be disagreement on whether the ducks will want to eat it, or if in fact they will fully utilize the hard kernels, or whether they will just poop them out on the ground. So, since I can't follow the ducks around looking at their poop I decided I needed to crush the corn. First, I had to shuck it.....
I've always loved Indian Corn...It's so beautiful....
It comes in so many beautiful colors.....
.....and alot of the ears have multiple colored kernels on them....how do they do that?!?
Next, I had to come up with some way to crush it. That turned out to be difficult given the equipment that I have on hand. I am NOT a kitchen gadget girl! Well, the electric coffee grinder did not work, the manual coffee grinder did not work, the pestle and mortar did not work. Hmmmm.....So, I decided to try to soften it by soaking it in a bowl of water for a few days.
It did get a little softer, but not very fast, and I started to worry that I was growing a bowl of bacteria after awhile. Then I decided to try to sprout some...So I soaked some in a bowl of water....for 24 hours this time... and put it in a colander.....
...and rinsed it "once a day".....okay, I rinsed it several times a day....(because it was fun and I didn't want it to dry out!) And it worked!!!
Softened, sprouted, and ready to go....Ha!
Now, you might ask me why I would go to this much trouble....Well, you have to understand that in Africa a 50 pound bag of cracked corn costs about $50. Down in the land of cracked corn a 50 pound bag costs about $20. And....once the corn kernels are crushed they start to loose their nutrition.....how old is a bag of cracked corn sitting on the shelf here? My ducks are getting free, delicious, free, wholesome, free, nutritious, free food.............
......AND IT'S PRETTY TOO!!!!!! I win!