I love this time of year! I love buying fresh corn, peaches, pears, plums, and apples. Does it get any better? Last week, I got a great deal on corn and bought enough to freeze. If I had known it was so simple, I would have bought a lot more! Seriously, I was done in less than an hour and wondering why I only bought 24 ears.
Want to know how to freeze corn, too? Here's what you'll need:
- A large pot filled with enough boiling water to cover four ears of corn
- A large bowl (or you can use your sink) filled with cold water
- Lots of ice
- A sharp knife
- A bundt pan or angel food cake pan (optional)
- Freezer bags
- A sharpie marker for labeling
How to Freeze Corn
In order to freeze most veggies, they need a quick blanching (to stop the enzymatic activity that causes decay) and a cold water bath (to stop the cooking). Read on to find out how to do this for corn.
- Fill a large stock pot with enough water to cover four ears of corn, and bring it to a rapid boil.
- While you are waiting, shuck the corn and gently remove as much of the corn silk as possible. (Try not to squeal when you peel back the leaves and find a squirmy little surprise! I found a few caterpillars feasting on a few of my ears--of corn--not the ears on my head!) Rinse the corn and set it aside. (I cut off the tips that had been decimated by caterpillars.)
- Add four (or fewer) ears of corn to the boiling water. (I started with six, but it took too long for the water to return to a boil. Four ears was just right.) The water should quickly return to a full boil. Boil for 4-6 minutes. (I prefer four minutes for crisper corn.)
- While corn is blanching, fill a large bowl (or your clean kitchen sink) with water and ice.
- Quickly remove corn and plunge it into the cold water bath for 4-6 minutes. The cold water bath time and the blanching time should be the same.
- Continue with the rest of the corn. You will need to add new ice for every batch of hot corn.
- While corn is boiling, begin removing the corn from the cooled ears. For less mess, use a bundt pan to catch the kernels. (Click here for my post on How to Remove Corn from the Cob without Making a Mess.)
- If you'd like, gently break the separated kernels apart with a spoon. My kiddos love it when the kernels are stuck together, so I don't separate them.
- Scoop the kernels into freezer bags and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. If you are lucky enough to have a Food Saver (see below), this is a perfect use for it. I loved mine, but it broke years ago, and I haven't replaced it yet.
- Label your bags with the date and contents. (Don't forget this step!)
- This step is optional, but totally necessary for corn lovers. If you are one of those moms (or dads) who takes the corn cobs off your kid's plates and "cleans up" what they missed, you'll love this part. See that lovely pile of corn cobs? Go over there and nibble off all of the extra corn you missed! Go ahead. No one's looking. It's the best part, and you deserve it after all of your hard work! :)
I got four large bags of corn from 18 ears. (I kept some to eat fresh.) I figure there is enough in each bag to very generously feed five people. Can you see why I wished I had bought more? Now that I know how, I'm ready for the next great sale.
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria
I love this idea on how to freeze the corn from the cob. Which is very delicious, by the way! This is the perfect timing trying to preserve the corn. Yum! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, Heidi!
Thanks so much, Gloria! We just ate some of it tonight! Yum. I'm off to check out your site.
Mackenzie @ Cheerios and Lattes
Oh Heidi! I was just talking to my mom recently asking her how my Grandma made Freezer Corn. She was trying to remember but couldn't quite remember everything! My Grandma passed away about two years ago and my mom and I have sweet memories making this with her! Thanks for this; can't wait to try it! :)
I hope it will turn out as well as your grandma's, Mackenzie! (Nothing I make is ever as good as Grandma's!)
Do you have to remove the corn from the cob? I buy corn on the cob during the winter in th freezer dept. and I was wondering if I coud do that here? Thank you for your time.
Yes, Trish, you can freeze the corn on the cob. I have never done it, though, so I'm not sure about the boiling time. I believe that all the steps would be the same, except you would not remove the corn from the cob. You would still do the blanching and cooling step, but I can't tell you how long those steps should last. Here's a post I found on google.: http://www.pickyourown.org/freezingcornonthecob.htm. Good luck!
Another thing that could be done is adding seasonings and/or butter to the bags before freezing, then it's just grab and cook!
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This is a great idea. Corn is one of the vegetables my son will actually eat so finding a way to save it is helpful. I''ll have to give it a try.
Thanks, Erica. Glad to be of help! (Isn't it crazy how hard it can be to find veggies kids will eat? I love every veggie, so I just don't get it!)
Just thought I would give you a tip for removing the corn from the cob a bit quicker. My grandma always removed her corn from the cob by using an electric knife. Saves lots of time!! We hardly ever leave the corn on the cob anymore since this is so quick for removing it, its easy to fix it for supper with plenty of butter and salt and pepper in a casserole bowl after cooking the ears in the stock pot.
Thanks, Gay. An electric knife would work great. (I don't have one, though.)
Simple directions and easy to make.