How To Freeze Fresh Corn

 

 

freezing fresh corn

 

Fresh corn will be on the market soon and I can’t wait.  So, lets not talk carbs today.  After all, sweet corn fresh off the cob is one of my weaknesses.  I love it grilled, in soup, in chowder, boiled, you name it.  My favorite is Silver Queen. It’s a late corn, but so worth the wait.  Freezing fresh corn is a yearly ritual for me.  Check out my other gardening tips too.

I shucked, boiled, cut and froze about 100 ears last year.  Preparing corn for the freezer is easy and so worth it. I wanted to share my post on how to prepare fresh corn for the freezer, so you can put some up too.  I purchase my corn from a local farmer.  He sells it at a bargain rate. He removes the corn from the stalks the day before I pick it. Doesn’t get any fresher than this. Purchasing it this way saves space in my garden for other goodies too.

 

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Once I get it home, the work begins.  I shuck and remove all silk from the corn.  In about batches of 10 – 15, I boil them for about a minute or two in a large stock pot.

 

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You will need to prepare an ice batch for these babies.  This should be completed before you start the boiling process.  An ice bath is imperative in your preparation of the corn for the freezer.  You need to remove the cobs from the boiling water after 2 minutes and immediately place them in the ice water.

The ice water will stop the cooking process.  This is important because you don’t want to cook it as if you’re preparing it to eat.  Although I do leave a few cobs in the boiling water, because I do want to eat them, lol.

 

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Once the corn has cooled down about 5 – 10 minutes, cut the corn off the cob in a large bowl.  I use an extra large bowl and a chef’s knife to remove the kernels. I also use the corn holders on one end, it makes it easier to handle the corn while removing the kernels.

Once I have the kernels removed from the cob, I pack quart freezer bags.  Buy quality bags and make sure the bags are sealed properly.  I don’t bother to date the bags because they will be gone by spring.  I’m thinking of purchasing a vacuum sealer this year. If you have one, this would be a perfect time to use it.


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Quart bags are perfect for my household.  I can just pull out a bag for soup, mix with green beans, fry it or however I want to use it.  It’s as fresh as it was the day I purchased it.  Put a few bags in your freezer to use this winter.  You won’t regret it.  Stay tuned for my post on blanching tomatoes and green beans.  
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We hope that you have found our tips on freezing fresh corn beneficial.  You may also like our tips on How to Shuck Corn in the Microwave too.

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  1. I'm going to invest in a sealer for sure.  Need to do my research on what I should buy.  Any suggestions?

    • Definitely do your homework! I have a FoodSaver V2240 and I really love it. At the time I bought it a couple of years ago there were newer models but they had really poor reviews. I love mine and haven't had any problems! Use it a lot when meat is on sale!

  2. Growing up on a farm my Dad always told us you had to get the water boiling before you could go pick the corn! He wanted it extra fresh during those summer months. Great instructions. I did by a vacuum sealer a year or so ago — great investment! Do it!