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Coarsely ground cornmeal

Cornmeal is flour ground from dried sweetcorn kernels. The difference between Cornmeal and cornflour: Cornflour is sweetcorn kernels ground to a fine chalky white powder and is a valuable thickening agent in sauces; Cornmeal is generally yellow in colour, stays hard and gritty, and does not mix well with liquids unless further processed as masa harina.

It is very useful coat foods prior to frying or baking. English muffins are sometimes rolled in cornmeal.

Fine yellow cornmeal

Fine yellow cornmeal is much more like normal flour. It is very finely ground and is ideal for dusting dough based products such as pizzas, prior to baking to prevent sticking to the baking tray.

Fine yellow cornmeal

What is Masa harina?

Masa harina

Masa harina is a form of ground dried cornmeal that is further processed by adding lime (calcium hydroxide). It is mainly used in Mexican cookery to make tortillas and taco chips. It does not have the yellow colour of cornmeal and is milled much finer than cornmeal. It has the feel of wholemeal flour.

Don't try and make tortillas with cornmeal as it won't amalgamate properly and they will fall apart when you try and press them out.

How much does one cup of cornmeal or masa weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Cornmeal or masa
150 grams > 5 ounces

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See also

How to make corn tortillas

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