Mama’s Cornmeal Mush

Mush or Fried Mush, delicious recipe for kids.

Cornmeal mush with syrup

When I was a kid my mom would make us cornmeal mush for breakfast in the morning.  She would make extra so she could put the leftovers in the fridge and make us fried mush the next day.  My kids like this special treat.  They can enjoy Mush, just like they did on homesteads long ago. This is my version of Cornmeal Mush;

Ingredients for Cornmeal Mush:

1 1/4 cups cornmeal

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions for Cornmeal Mush:

making cornmeal mush

Mix together cornmeal, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Prepared cornmeal mush

If using as a hot cereal, spoon mush into bowls and serve with milk and honey or maple syrup, if desired.

Cornmeal mush in loaf pan

If frying, pour mixture into a 5 Inch x 9 Inch loaf pan and chill completely, usually overnight.

Frying cornmeal mush

Remove from pan, cut into slices, and fry in a small amount of canola oil or animal fat over medium-high heat until browned on both sides.  Serve with maple syrup drizzled on top.

I think it’s fun to make cornmeal in an cast iron skillet.

“Receipt” for Cornmeal Mush/Hasty Pudding from the 1800’s. ~Jenny June’s American Cookery Book (1886)

Boil water, mix in a little salt, and then stir in gradually so as to prevent lumping, sufficient corn meal to thicken it. It should boil at least one hour, and may be eaten with milk, cream and sugar, or butter and syrup, or sugar.

What kinds of foods do you enjoy that have been passed down for generations?

Mama's Cornmeal Mush
When I was a kid my mom would make us cornmeal mush for breakfast in the morning. She would make extra so she could put the leftovers in the fridge and make us fried mush the next day. My kids like this special treat. They can enjoy Mush, just like they did on homesteads long ago.
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Ingredients for Cornmeal Mush
  1. 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  2. 2 1/2 cups water
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions for Cornmeal Mush
  1. Mix together cornmeal, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. If using as a hot cereal, spoon mush into bowls and serve with milk and honey or maple syrup, if desired.
  3. If frying, pour mixture into a 5 Inch x 9 Inch loaf pan and chill completely, usually overnight.
  4. Remove from pan, cut into slices, and fry in a small amount of canola oil or animal fat over medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Serve with maple syrup drizzled on top.
Notes
  1. I think it's fun to make cornmeal mush in an cast iron skillet.
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About Nelle

I am Nelle. I grew up in rural, small town, Ohio. When I was young, I learned a lot about homesteading from my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, 4-H, FFA, and others around me.
Now, I’m all grown up, have 6 children of my own, and plan to teach them everything I know.

Here on Mama’s Homestead, we talk and write about homesteading, homeschooling, and kidsteading (homesteading with kids). We teach our kids about survival, self-sufficiency, gardening (vegetable, herb, flower), orchard, beekeeping, home keeping, soap making, harvesting, cooking, food preservation, livestock, nature, crafts, homesteading tools and wares, and more…

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