How to Crack Corn

Updated November 21, 2016

Cracked corn, which can be used for chicken feed or as an ingredient for cooking and baking for your family, can be made at home using common household items. Cracked corn is the term used for dried corn, off the husk, which has been ground up slightly. Cracked corn has a consistency midway between whole kernels and ground cornmeal.

Set up the area where you will be cracking corn. Know that cracking corn will cause corn dust to be released, so cover any items that you do not want to get dusty. Cover food items if working in the kitchen.

Set up your grinder or blender. Either one will work, and the setting should be turned to a coarse grind. You do not want to grind the corn to fine or the cracked corn will be too small in size.

Place a bowl directly under the exit area of the grinder. If using a blender, have a bowl sitting beside the blender into which to transfer the cracked corn. Add one cup at a time of dried corn kernels. Crack the corn and repeat the process until you have cracked all the corn you need.

Consider using a large plastic bag to crack corn. Add one cup of the dried whole kernel corn to the bag and seal. Use a hammer to gently tap the bag to break up the corn. Use a rolling pin to go back over the bag, cracking the corn to the consistency you desire.


Set aside enough time to crack corn if you are using a hand crank grinder.


If keeping cracked corn for poultry or farm animal use only, make sure the container is clearly labelled as such.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried whole kernel corn
  • Grinder or blender
  • Large plastic bags
  • Hammer
  • Rolling pin
  • Storage container with airtight lid
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