Freezing Fresh Corn

How to Freeze Fresh Corn

Have you ever found yourself with an abundance of corn on the cob? Maybe you grew it in your garden, or perhaps it was on sale and you bought a dozen cobs. If you aren’t able to eat the corn fresh, you can easily freeze it to use later on. I recently was able to pick some organic sweet corn from a farmer’s field just outside the city in which I live. Later this week I will share a post that tells the story of that experience.

For now, here is how I prepared the corn I collected for freezing.

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First, remove the husks from the corn and cut out any bad spots.

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Boil a large pot of water. Once it is boiling, add the cobs of corn. This will blanch it, which is necessary to break down enzymes before freezing.

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While the corn is in the pot. Prepare a large bowl of cold water and add ice cubes.

Boil the corn for 4 minutes.

Remove corn from the pot and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking process. If your ice cubes begin to melt, add more to the bowl. Leave in the bowl for about 5 minutes.

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Get a cutting board and a sharp knife. Carefully cut the kernels of corn from the cob. Cut as close as you can to the cob so that the kernels are whole.

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Once the corn is cut off, place in a ziplock freezer bag. Get as much air out as you can to avoid freezer burn. Then place the bag into the freezer. It will now be there waiting whenever you need corn for a recipe. You may want to put the date on the plastic bag so that you remember when you put it in there.

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Frozen Corn
30 minutes – 1 hour (depending on how much corn you have), 2 spoons

What you need:
-Corn on the cob
-Large pot of boiling water
-Large bowl of cold ice water
-Sharp knife
-Cutting Board
-Freezer ziplock bags

Steps:

  1. Remove the husks from the corn and cut out any bad spots.
  2. Boil a large pot of water.
  3. Once it is boiling, add the cobs of corn.
  4.  Prepare a large bowl of cold water and add ice cubes.
  5. Boil the corn for 4 minutes.
  6. Remove corn from the pot and immediately plunge into the ice water to stop the cooking process. If your ice cubes begin to melt, add more to the bowl. Leave in the bowl for about 5 minutes.
  7. Get a cutting board and a sharp knife.
  8. Carefully cut the kernels of corn from the cob. Cut as close as you can to the cob so that the kernels are whole.
  9. Once the corn is cut off, place in a ziplock freezer bag.
  10. Get as much air out as you can to avoid freezer burn.
  11. Place the bag into the freezer.
  12. You may want to put the date on the plastic bag so that you remember when you put it in there.

 


Have you ever made your own frozen corn this way? Do you do anything differently? Please reach out if you try this and let me know how it goes. You can e-mail me at laine@guliashgirl.com or find me on Facebook.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post. I will be sharing the story of picking this corn and I will also be showing a video I made for a digital storytelling workshop.

-Happy cooking!

L

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