The following are some facts about cornmeal gluten:
Cornmeal is used in many different ways such as;
1) For making breads and pastries.
2) For making pancakes, waffles, cookies, cakes and other baked goods.
3) For making soups and stews.
4) For baking pies, muffins and tarts.
5) As a thickener for sauces or gravy.
6) As a binder for dough.
7) As a binding agent for stuffing.
Cornmeal is one of the most widely used ingredients in cooking because it does not require any special equipment, it can be easily obtained from almost all grocery stores, and its properties make it very versatile. Cornmeal is a good source of protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
Cornmeal is made up of three parts by weight of starch (glucose), two parts by weight of proteins (albumin) and one part by weight of fats (linoleic acid). Each gram contains approximately 22 calories.
Before you start using cornmeal as a weed killer, there are some tools that you should gather in order to make the job easier. You will need a spreader to apply the mixture on the weeds. There are two types of spreaders: drop and rotary. The drop spreader has openings at the bottom where you just pour the mixture and it falls uniformly on the ground.
The rotary spreaders have spinning tines that throw out the mixture as you walk. The second thing that you will need is a pair of protective gloves as cornmeal can sometimes irritate the skin. You might also need a few sheets to spread on the ground in case you spill some cornmeal because it is difficult to remove from carpets, upholstery and hardwood floors.
It is really very simple to get rid of weeds with cornmeal. All it takes is a little effort on your part. The first thing that you should do is to take your spreader and spread cornmeal over the area where the weeds are growing. Do this during the night or in the early morning when the ground is moist.
Cornmeal absorbs moisture and gives off a milky white liquid that kills the weed within a few days. By absorbing moisture, the cornmeal cuts off the sunlight that most plants need to live. This gives you enough time to remove the dead weeds before they have a chance to rot. When using cornmeal as a weed killer, you should always try to use organic weedkillers and never use chemical ones.
Another thing that cornmeal does is to cut off the oxygen supply to the weed. This kills the weed within a few days and all you have to do is remove it. It usually takes about three days for the weeds to die out completely.
There are many other uses of cornmeal in the garden too besides using it as a weed killer. If you have a garden that is infested with slugs or snails, you can pour a circle of cornmeal around the base of the plants. The snails and slugs will not be able to cross over the trail of powder that has been created and will eventually die within the circle. You should never use this method if you are planning on growing vegetables as cornmeal is very poisonous to humans.
Many people have also found it effective to mix cornmeal with a little bit of water and use it to kill ants. Ants usually travel back to their nest and once they take some of the mixture back with them it is only a matter of time before the entire colony dies off due to lack of food. This method can be used for other small insects too but cannot be used on larger ones such as grasshoppers because it can cause harm to them.
When using cornmeal as a weed killer or as a method of pest control, you can also mix it with some other materials such as copper sulphate for snails and slugs or even cayenne pepper for the ants. Using mixed mixtures helps to get rid of several types of weeds or pests at the same time.
One of the best things about using cornmeal is that it is cheap and readily available at any grocery store.
If you have a garden or lawn, chances are that you will have to deal with weeds at some point or the other. It is quite easy, especially if you have a small garden, to pull out the weeds by hand and this serves as a good way of getting some exercise and fresh air at the same time. However, there are times when you will need to use stronger measures to get rid of the weeds such as using cornmeal.
What is Cornmeal?
Cornmeal is a very fine powder that is prepared from dried maize. This type of meal is commonly used in baking puddings, making polenta and many types of cakes and pancakes. In the United States, cornmeal is often referred to as grits, which are popularly eaten in the southern states. Apart from being used as food, cornmeal is also used for making cornbread, johnnycakes and hominy among others.
While cornmeal can be obtained from any grocery store or supermarket, it is important to ensure that the one you buy will not have any additives or come with a lot of dust. The best way to do this is to go to a local mill and get it freshly ground. Another option is to look out for organic cornmeals, especially if you are planning to use the meal as an organic weed killer.
How Does It Work?
The cornmeal will not kill the weeds on its own but it will cut off the oxygen supply to them, which will cause them to eventually die. When you scatter some of the meal over the top of the weed, it is absorbed directly through the leaves. As long as there is enough moisture in the soil, this will happen very quickly and within a few days, the weeds will begin to wilt and eventually die. If, however, the soil is too dry, the cornmeal will not be absorbed and it will simply blow away or get washed away when it rains.
You can easily tell if the cornmeal is working as it will turn the leaves yellow. If you see this, you can be fairly certain that the weeds are dying and you can move on to another patch of weeds within your garden.
Using cornmeal to kill weeds is a very effective method but it does have its limitations. The cornmeal only works on annual weeds and not on perennial ones such as dandelions, chickweed or even clover. If you have a serious problem with these, you are going to have to think of another way of getting rid of them. If your garden is large, you are going to need to get some help in scattering the cornmeal around.
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Preemergence weed control using corn gluten meal by NE Christians – US Patent 5,030,268, 1991 – Google Patents
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