Okay, so you got your hands on a bunch of fresh picked corn, still in the husks. Now what? Well, other than enjoying them right away, you can either can them, or freeze them. This time around, I chose to freeze what we got the other day when we all went corn picking in a local farmer’s field. It’s much quicker and easier than canning. Although, canning does hold that advantage of storing food without the use of electricity.
Freezing corn isn’t as easy as simply cutting it off the cob and packing it up. There are a few steps you need to take if you want to do it right. Let me walk you through them.
How To Freeze Corn
First step, round up some helpers. Kids especially LOVE shucking corn! Jada’s thing is finding the worms. It’s like a treasure hunt for her. (Yes, there are worms in there!)
Even the littlest can help! No, just kidding. Hey, how’d you get that corn, anyways?
Set your station up. Throw the corn husks into a container to compost (or feed the pig!), save the corn silk for herbal remedies,
Pick the worms out. (I told you there were worms. You didn’t believe me, did you?!)
Cut the tip off, along with any bad parts.
Break off the stem.
And line up your nice, clean corn for the next step: Blanching.
You’ll need a pot of boiling water, and a pot of ice cold water, with lots of ice cubes. It’s also handy to have a pair of tongs on hand, to get the corn out of the hot water easily.
Once your water is boiling, put as many ears of corn as you can fit into the pot and keep it boiling. Start your time, you wanna let it boil for about 4-6 minutes.
When the timer goes off, immediately plunge the hot corn cobs into the ice cold water. Let them sit and cool for the same amount of time, 4-6 minutes. You’ll have to keep adding more ice to the pot as you go.
Rotate the next batch through, letting the cooled corn drain to the side until it’s all blanched.
Next, using a good knife, cut the corn off of the cob, as closely to the cob as possible. It’s best to cut with the smaller end up.
Once all of your corn is cut, you’re ready to fill some freezer bags. I always use a straw to vacuum seal the bags whenever I freeze anything in Ziplocs. Label and date, and there you go!
I’ve also been told that you can freeze corn in the husks for easy corn on the cob. How many of you have done this before?