Thursday, July 15, 2010

Corn Oysters

Man its HOT!  If you have to be out in this summer heat please take care of yourself.  Lot's and lot's of water is a must.  Dehydration is only good when you are putting up food, so take the proper precautions while you are out in this heat.  Light colored clothing and staying in the shade as much as you can will help too.

Speaking of dehydrating, we had a sack of green peppers we picked just before we moved that I have cut up and am drying right now.  I sure didn't want to leave them there and definitely don't want to let them go to waste.  Dried bell peppers work great in lots and lots of recipes.  The ones I put up last year have all been used and so these will come in handy in the future.  I've become a serious fan of drying vegetables these days.  They take up lots less room in your food storage than canned foods. And with the heat of summer bearing down on us any time you don't have to fire p the stove and pull out the canner  is a BIG plus!

I think tomorrow I am going to go and check out some of the thrift stores around here.  Mar's has read all the books (again) so it's time to see what this Little Big Town has to offer. I've noticed there are at least three and I'm looking forward to exploring them.  Hopefully they will offer up more than the last ones did.  I checked out the library here but they are not as "friendly" as the one we were using before.  You need a picture ID (local only) to be issued a card here.  I'm not ready to have to go change my ID just yet as I don't know how long we will be staying in the area.

We had a wonderful dinner last night and I got to try a new recipe too!  Mars cooked steaks on the grill and we had green beans with bacon and Corn Oysters.  I'd never even heard of them before so I was glad to learn how to make them.  They have 3 things going for them too.  1) They are delicious 2) They are EASY to make and 3) They are made from things right out of our food storage.  Can't ask for much more than that can you? Oh wait, better make that 4 things.... They are very versatile and it's easy to tweak the recipe a few different ways.
So here ya go.....

Corn Oysters  (makes about 2 dozen)
1 cup bacon fat
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs (whisked)
1can whole kernel corn (drained)  Reserve 1/4 cup liquid

Heat bacon fat and oil in a skillet.  Mix the flour,baking powder,salt and corn in a mixing bowl.  Add eggs and 1/4 cup reserved "corn juice" and stir up.  Drop by spoonfuls in hot oil and fry until golden brown. (4-5 minutes) Drain on paper towels.

You could easily add diced jalapenos and/or diced onions as well.

Another way you could use this same recipe would be to make Apple Fritters. Omit the bacon fat in this one though. Use dried apples soaked in water (reserve the apple water 1/4 cup)i instead of the corn and follow the recipe.  You could add a little cinnamon in the mix or try mixing some cinnamon and sugar and rolling the fritters in the sugar mix when you take them out of the pan.

I wonder what the rich people had for dinner last night???  :)


  1. Oh, I am going to try this one!!!! Expecially with the apples. Yummmmm

  2. Oh YUM. . when I get near a real kitchen I'm going to have to try that.

  3. I was thinking they looked and sounded like corn fritters! Yum.

  4. Corn and bacon - it doesn't get much better! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. Might want to add a spoonful of sweetener (honey, sugar, or whatever you have) to the batter when you use apple pieces. Leave out the bacon fat in the frying fat when you do the apple ones. Coconut oil sounds good. Remember to add the additions (corn, apples, onions, peppers) to the dry flour so they will be well coated and won't fall to the bottom of the batter. This technique works with muffin or cake batter, too. Happy eating.


  6. I forgot to add that you can substitute self-rising flour in place of the AP flour, salt, and baking powder. Just makes things move along faster.


  7. SFG- I hope to try the apple ones out today or tomorrow.(I can hardly wait!)

    Brigid, I hope your trip is a success and thanks for stopping by today! Say hey to Barkley for me :)

    HP That's exactly what I thought too! I had just never done them with draining the corn first and adding the liquid reserve. (I thiught that was a cool idea)

    2 Tramps- LOL if two things EVER went together its corn and bacon!!

    Shroom- thanks for the clarification. I DID forget about needing to add a bit of sugar to the Apple Fritters! Thanks for stopping in.

  8. I like the name Corn Fritters better... oysters are just yucky!!!

  9. Gonna have to try that recipe! Thanks for sharing, SciFi!

  10. I like the sound of this recipe, me and my little lady will give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. I am so excited about this recipe. Something new and easy. Thanks Mush and Sci and hope ya scarf up some good deals in town.

  12. Oh this sounds so yummy. Thanks :)
    Good luck on the bargain hunting.