Food Preservation Week Post #2: How to Freeze Corn

September 20, 2011 · 5 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corn is coming on strong over at my parents’ farm. We’ve all been eating corn on the cob every night, but it’s still getting ahead of us. When my mom suggested that we freeze some, I agreed.

Freezing corn is a little messy, but it’s not hard at all. You’ll be glad you did it when you have a little taste of summer come January.

First off, get yourself some corn. Around these parts, corn is as cheap as it’s gonna get, so buy a lot if you don’t have any in your own garden. Make sure that your corn is really fresh (as in picked the same day) because corn goes downhill fast, and old corn is just not that good.

Shuck it.

Plop it into boiling water, and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. We used my fabulous propane burner (seen in this post) for the blanching step, so we were able to do all our corn processing outside, which made it a million times easier to clean up after ourselves.

Pull the corn out of the hot water and immediately plunge it into cold (preferably iced) water to halt the cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the kernels off the cob. In this step, there’s a fine line between wasting corn and hacking into the pith, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

I could not stop myself from gobbling up these little chunks of corn. It tasted so fresh, summery, and amazing!

When you have a big pile, scoop it into ziplock bags and toss the bags in the freezer.

Be sure to feed the cobs to your chickens. They will thank you.

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jess O. September 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

this is the best week of posts EVER. i am so excited for more great info ;)

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Camille September 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the feedback, Jess. I’m pretty excited about it, too, but it’s nice to know I’m reaching an audience. I think I might have to do Food Preservation Week this week, write about something else for the next week or two, and then do another round of preservation stuff. So many things to get done!

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Laura September 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

oh boy!! that brings back memories for me. My Mom, my sister, and I did this a lot when we were growing up.
I don’t live close enough to “home” any more, and at about .30 an ear, won’t be doing it anytime soon. I’m jelly!!!

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Eve Geisler September 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

You are always doing what I am doing!! (except for roasted red peppers) We did corn a couple of weeks ago and the chickens did enjoy the cobs.
Tonight my husband and I are canning pears. Are you doing that next?? I try not to do pears alone because peeling and coring them is a chore best shared.

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Camille September 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

There are a couple boxes of pears sitting around that I was thinking about canning. I should be frantically preparing for my craft fair this weekend and belt-sanding ’till my fingers fall off to prepare for the holiday rush, but I’m making jam tomorrow. Gotta have priorities.

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