Corn bags, and how to make them
I made corn bags for the family for Christmas. Corn bags are just bags of flannel filled with dried corn. Warm them up in the microwave and they will keep you warm, like a hot water bottle but less messy.
I end up making a new batch nearly every winter; only one from last year's batch is remaining now, and it's starting to smell a little overcooked. I can't remember what happened to the others, except one, which Tiger Lily blew her nose on. They're not really washable, so if something gross happens to one, in the trash it goes.
Corn bags are super easy to make. Just make a small pillow from flannel and stuff it with corn (like a beanbag). You will need to use dent corn, which is dried corn that is suitable for grinding. If you can't find dent corn, rice will do, although it doesn't keep its heat quite as long.
Toss the corn bag in the microwave for a minute or two, and it will keep your cold feet warm! (The first few times you use it, it may let out a little extra condensation.) Our corn bags are in high demand (mostly by me) all winter. I love to take one to bed; it takes the edge off the cold sheets.
I am thinking of making a small one to keep in the freezer for an ice pack.
Have you tried a corn or rice bag before? Did you like it?