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https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/crunchy-cheese-puffs

I'm a beginner DIY-er homecook who would like to make everything I eat without setting foot in a supermarket.

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  • welcome! what tools do you have available? mortar & pestle, blender, food processor, coffee grinder, grain mill, etc.? Mar 25, 2020 at 17:57
  • I got a Blender,mortar & pestle,coffee grinder,and a food processor Mar 28, 2020 at 23:21

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My answer here would be "no". Even if it is not impossible, it is rather impractical to pursue this.

This may surprise some people, because as a home cook, it is pretty easy to take some grain and process it into small-sized particles. But what is difficult is to take some grain and process it into particles which are

  • very tiny
  • of consistent size
  • contain only the parts of the grain you want (typically the endosperm only, without the bran or the embryo)

Most instruments in our kitchens are not intended for grinding, and if you try them, the results are somewhat usable, but not especially good. To get really good quality fine flour, you need a precise mill and good sieves, plus the knowledge which sieve size to use at which step of the process.

In some applications, you could try just using the best grinding-like instrument you have lying around and see if you are happy with the result. This functions well if you want to do something like include unusual grain flours in a rustic bread. But this recipe (which looks amazing btw!) seems to be quite dependent on the proper flour texture and absorption ability. So I wouldn't bother trying it with the result of corn thrown willy-nilly into a food processor.

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Assuming you're starting with course corn flour, if you're up for some science and fun, I'd suggest you try using liquid nitrogen to freeze it and then use a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix with grain setup) or food processor to grind it finely. Use this trick also to grind your almond flour extra fine for macarons. If liquid nitrogen is not in the cards for you, you could try a coffee grinder (best because you can control the size) or spice grinder and do it a little at a time.

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  • I want to make finely ground corn flour without anything expensive. Mar 28, 2020 at 23:25

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