The following is a guest post by Tiffany of Eat at Home. Welcome, Tiffany!
One of the best tastes of summer is sweet corn. It’s right up there with garden-fresh tomatoes and sweet tea. Luckily, it’s easy to preserve summer flavor by freezing corn. There’s nothing like pulling a bag of corn from the freezer and serving your family the tastes of July and August in the middle of winter.
When buying corn, look for freshly picked ears. The husks should be green and not dried out. Peel back the husks and take a look at the kernels. They should be plump, but not too full.
Getting started – Tools and Utensils You’ll Need
- Freshly scrubbed sink
- Large pot to boil the corn
- Vegetable scrubber for removing silks
- A clean place for the cobs to drain, such as a scrubbed dish drainer or clean kitchen towels.
- Something to cut the kernels off the cob – I like to use a corn cutter like you see in the photo, along with a clean board with a nail driven through it to hold the cob. You can also use a sharp knife or electric knife.
- Plastic zip top freezer bags
Steps to Freezing Corn
1. Husk the corn.
This is best done outside to avoid getting silks all over your kitchen. Gather extra help for this step. Younger kids like husking corn and older kids should all experience the joy of finding the occasional worm.
I like telling my teens about how corn huskings were important social events in the olden days. It makes them more appreciative of movies and Facebook.
2. Scrub the ears in cool water.
Use a vegetable scrubber to remove the silks. If there are any bad spots, cut them out with a knife.
3. Boil the ears.
Place the ears in a pot filled with boiling water and cook for about 2 minutes. You will need to do this in batches.
4. Cool the ears to stop the cooking process.
Fill a freshly scrubbed sink with cool water. Use tongs to move the corn from the boiling water to the cool water bath.
Remove the cobs from the sink and allow to drain in a scrubbed dish drainer or on clean towels on the counter.
6. Cut the kernels from the cob.
Use a sharp knife, electric knife or corn cutter gadget to remove the kernels.
7. Fill zip top freezer bags.
I froze mine in 2 cup quantities. For my family of 6, I’ll need two of these bags to make a side dish.
Lay the bags flat in the freezer. This makes them easier to store and quicker to thaw.
I put up 2 dozen ears of corn and it yielded 8 2-cup bags for the freezer.
What is your corn experience? Have you ever grown it , de-tassled it, picked it, or put it up in the freezer?