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Is there really anything better than fresh sweet corn? I highly doubt it! 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 easy to freeze corn and having a freezer full of corn to enjoy all year is priceless!
How to Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn
1. Shuck Your Corn
Does anyone else really dislike the word “shuck”? I try to avoid it at all costs, but that’s beside the point!
The first thing you need to do is shuck the corn. Kids love helping with this step! Try to get as much of the silk off as possible.
2. Blanche The Corn
Blanching is a must when freezing vegetables. It preserves the taste and color and kills off any dirt or organisms. Blanching is a fairly easy process of quickly boiling the vegetable in water and then immediately cooling it off.
To blanch your fresh corn simply drop the cobs into a large stock pot of boiling water.
Boil the corn for 3 minutes. Start timing once the water is back to a boil.
Once the three minutes is up immediately take the corn out of the boiling water and drop it into a bowl, or bucket, of ice cold water. It needs to be cooled down immediately to cooking.
3. Cut The Corn Off The Cob
Let the corn cool 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. If you’re lucky you can convince your husband to help you with this step. 😉
4. Package The Corn
Now, separate the corn into family sized portions, for my family it’s usually about 2 cups of cut corn. Use a Food Saver or Freezer Ziplock Bags to package the corn. If you use the ziplock bags be sure to get all of the air out in order to prevent freezer burn.
5. Freeze The Corn
It’s time to throw that corn into the freezer! Label and date the bag and it’s ready to freeze! The corn should stay good for up to one year.
Enjoy!! I’m so excited for you! These are perfect for soups, stews, casseroles, or steamed.
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