How to freeze fresh 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!
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How to Freeze Fresh Corn
In only a few quick steps you can have corn prepped and ready to freeze for winter storage. This freezer corn tastes so much better than store bought, and my goal is to always make enough to last us through the winter. Truthfully, I’ve never reached my goal! But one of these days I’ll get there! 😉
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. Make sure to start timing the three minutes only 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 to 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!
When filling your bags with the corn I suggest using a measuring cup to measure the exact amount of corn you want in each bag. My family eats about 2 cups of corn 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 it 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.
Wanting More To Freeze?
If you have more garden produce to store for the winter make sure to check out my other garden freezing tutorials! This is one of my favorite ways to preserve the garden harvest!
- How to Store Onions From the Garden
- How To Freeze Peas For Beginners
- How to Freeze Raspberries
- Best Ways To Store Produce To Keep It Fresh Longer