Easy tutorial to freeze sweet corn.
Is there really anything better than fresh sweet corn? Not in my book! Every year I plant a large corn patch in my garden and wait in anticipation as the stalks grow and the cobs begin to develop. Corn on the cob is probably one of my favorite foods, but garden freezer corn might be a close second. It’s so fun to have a freezer full of fresh corn. Today I am going to teach you exactly how to freeze fresh corn!
How to Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn
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1. Shuck Your Corn
The first step to freezing corn is to shuck it. (Does anyone else really dislike the word “shuck”?)
Kids love helping with this step! When shucking your corn try to get as much silk off of the cob as possible. We don’t want any silk in our frozen corn!
2. Blanche The Corn
Step two is to blanch the corn.
Blanching is the process of bringing the corn to a boil for a short amount of time and then cooling it down quickly. This is a necessary process when freezing vegetables to preserve the taste and color and kill off any dirt or organisms.
To blanch your corn bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Drop 8-10 cobs into the pot and return to a boil.
Boil the corn for 3 minutes. Start timing the three minutes once the water returns back to a boil.
After three minutes of boiling your corn take it out of the large pot and drop the cobs into a bowl of ice cold water. You want the cobs to cool down immediately.
3. Cut The Corn Off The Cob
Let the corn cool in the ice water for 3-5 minutes. Once it is cool enough to handle, take it out of the water and use a sharp knife and cut the corn off of the cob. Let the cut corn pile on the cutting board until you have enough to start packaging.
If you’re lucky you can convince your husband to help you with this step. 😉
4. Package The Corn
To package your corn you will need to use either a Food Saver or Freezer Ziplock Bags. I have used both. The Food Saver gets more air out than the bags (which is important), but the Freezer Ziplock Bags are a little quicker to use. Either one works, so choose what’s best for you!
Use a measuring cup to measure the amount of corn you want in each bag. My family eats about 2 cups at a time, so I put 2 cups of corn in each bag.
Seal each bag shut tightly. Make sure to get as much air out of the bags as possible to prevent freezer burn.
5. Freeze The Corn
That’s it! Your corn is ready to be put in the freezer.
Just label, and date each bag and lay flat in your freezer.
Freezer corn will stay good for up to one year.
Enjoy!! I’m so excited for you! These are perfect for soups, stews, casseroles, or steamed.