In a real emergency, we may have to make do with whatever is available. We will need to learn to use the parts of plants that we currently waste. For example, here is a list of the various things that you can use corncobs for in an emergency.
- Give then to the animals. Chickens love to peck on them, they can also be used as partial feed for cattle and pigs.
- Use as a bird feeder. Hang up in a tree covered with peanut butter and seeds, use to attract small game
- In a real food shortage, they can be boiled down for vegetable soup stock.
- Dried they make good kindling.
- Dried, they can be used as pot scrubbers.
- Dried corncobs are a good fuel and will burn well in your stove or fireplace.
- Ground cobs are good bedding in chicken houses.
- They can always be used in the outhouse.
- Last but not least, you can make corncob jelly, which tastes like mild honey.
How to make corncob jelly.
12 large corncobs
2 quarts water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 package powdered pectin
Measure 2 quarts water into a large pot; add the corncobs.
Bring to a boil and boil hard for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and remove the corncobs. Strain corn liquid through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer–if desired. You can leave the small pieces in.
After it has been boiled down and the cobs removed, you should have about 3 ½ cups of liquid. Return the liquid to the large pot. Stir in lemon juice and pectin. Bring to a boil. Add sugar in equal proportions to your liquid. One cup of sugar to a cup of liquid. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring pot to a rolling boil and hold it there for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour the hot corncob jelly into hot jars. Adjust lids and bands. Process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes as you would a fruit jelly.