Freezing Fresh Corn
I went out early this morning, wanting to meet the corn truck at the local vegetable stand. I love to be there when they pull up with the fresh picked corn. I try to buy a couple dozen ears at a time and freeze for the winter. It’s really simple to do. You can freeze it on the cobs. I don’t because it takes up more freezer space and I need all the space I can get. The fresher the corn the better. If you cannot freeze it immediately refrigerate or put them on ice until you can. The sugars in corn break down quickly at room temperature.
Before you freeze your corn you need to blanch it. What is blanching you ask? Well, it’s so important in preserving the sweet flavor of your corn. Blanching heats the corn enough to stop the enzyme action. You need to stop the enzyme action because over time the enzymes break down destroying the nutrients, color, flavor and texture of the corn.
Fresh Corn ( I figure 1 and 1/2 ears corn per serving)
Lots of ice
Freezer bags or containers
2 large bowls
a sharp knife
First you take the husks off the corn. Remove the silks with a soft brush if necessary.
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Fill large bowl with water and ice, set aside.
Add corn to water. Bring back to boil. Start timing as soon as you put the corn in the boiling water. Cover and blanch for 5 minutes. ( It should come back to a boil within a couple minutes. If not you either have to much corn in the pot or your pot is to small).
Remove from boiling water and cool for 5 minutes in bowl of ice water.
Lay them out to dry.
With one hand stand the ear of corn in the small bowl. Take a sharp knife and cut the kernels off the cob. (Some suggest using an angel food cake pan instead of a bowl)
Place cut kernels into bags or containers in whatever portion size works for your family. Make sure you get out as much air as possible. This prevents freezer burn. Label with the date and what’s in the bag. Don’t skip this step because believe me you won’t remember a couple months from now!
I lay them flat on a baking sheet and place into the freezer until frozen. This makes them easier to stack so they take up as little space as possible.
It can be a messy project but you will be happy this winter when you heat up a bag of your frozen corn. You can’t buy frozen corn that tastes like this 🙂 Do you freeze summer crops for use in the winter?
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