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How to Freeze Fresh Corn

Happy August! Today I want to share this updated post on How to Freeze Fresh Corn. Corn is at its peak right now and it is especially sweet and tender. Freezing is a great way to preserve it.
How to Freeze 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 freshly 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 the corn immediately, refrigerate the ears 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.

You’ll need:

Fresh Corn ( I figure 1 and 1/2 ears corn per serving)

Large pot

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.
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Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Fill a large bowl with water and ice, set aside.
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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 too much corn in the pot or your pot is too small).How to Freeze Fresh Corn
Remove from boiling water and cool for 5 minutes in a bowl of ice water.
How to Freeze Fresh Corn
Lay them out to dry.
How to Freeze Fresh Corn
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)
How to Freeze Fresh Corn
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 in the freezer until frozen. This makes them easier to stack so they take up as little space as possible.
How to Freeze Fresh Corn
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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32 thoughts on “How to Freeze Fresh Corn”

  1. Debra says:

    EVERY YEAR I DEBATE getting a spare freezer ( like I had when I was married and the boys were growing up )

    LOL I eat fresh corn almost every day in the summer / I love it so much. Your post has me back on the “get a freezer” wagon again 🙂

    1. Diane says:

      Oh no sorry about that! I have a small upright in my basement and I love it 🙂 Thank so much for stopping by.

  2. Grandma Kc says:

    I have the freezer — now if there was just some way to get good, fresh yellow corn in our neighborhood! It is all about the white corn these days and I don’t like it as much and it is far from the fresh!

    But this was a great post and brought back lots of wonderful memories of being a little girl on a farm in Michigan and watching my mother blanch it and then cut the kernels off! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs says:

    I do have a spare freezer and need to give this a shot. I think I’ll freeze it on the cob, though, for we love, love, love corn on the cob. Yeah, it’s the very same corn when it’s OFF the cob, but having it on the cob come winter will be a nice summery treat. (Plus, I’m just too darn lazy to do the work in getting it off the cob, to be honest.)

    Either way, this makes me hungry for corn, on or off the cob!

    Thank you for linking to GRAND Social!

  4. Becky says:

    How long does it last for in the freezer?

    1. Diane says:

      I keep it in the freezer for several months. We have it eaten by spring of the next year and it tastes fine.

  5. Susan says:

    I have a question . . . do you have any idea how much time in the microwave would equal the 5 min blanching time?
    I recently learned to microwave for an ear of corn for 2 min, cut the end off, and end up w/ silkless ear of corn (.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnBF6bv4Oe4&feature=related) I would love to use this step before dropping in ice water.

    1. Diane says:

      I don’t see you couldn’t microwave it. Just cut back on the time. I use my microwave infrequently. I have never cooked corn in the microwave before. I know some love doing it this way. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Love this! I’ll have to give it a try this year, nothing like pulling out some ‘fresh corn’ from the freezer in December 😀

  7. Linda A. Young says:

    Ooh! I just love corn and our Jersey Silver Queen is so sweet. It would be so great to have some for Thanksgiving dinner or some winter’s supper. Thanks for the how-to! Have fun putting up your produce!

  8. Christy says:

    Sometimes we just have corn on the cob for dinner when it is in season. What a great way to bring summer love to the winter table!

  9. Lisa says:

    We have been canning fresh corn like crazy the last couple of weeks. Perhaps I’ll freeze some, as well! Thanks for the directions and illustrations for those of us who haven’t done it before! 🙂 Great to have you link up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!”

  10. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says:

    Thanks for this tutorial!! It would be great to have fresh corn later on in the season. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

  11. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    Wow, I never knew that about blanching the corn. I would have just frozen it and then been kinda sad when it wasn’t as yummy as it was fresh 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  12. Christine says:

    Diane this is a GREAT tip! I will try to freeze my own corn this year! Thanks!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  13. Cynthia L says:

    Funny you should post this. My job today is to blanch and freeze 74 ears of corn! We belong to a CSA and corn was one of the items in the pickup. I recently bought an upright freezer to handle all the fresh produce we get this summer.

    1. Diane says:

      That’s funny. Love my freezer. I have an upright that we bought a couple years ago. Good luck tp you 🙂

  14. Miz Helen says:

    Just look at that wagon of corn, it will be delicious next winter when the prices are sky high from the corn crop failure this summer. I am putting up a lot of corn this year and this is a great recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Debbie Honaker Paulus says:

    I always heard of people freezing their corn, but I did not know what the word ‘blanching’ meant. Now I know. 🙂 I am guessing that you can freeze the corn on the cob after blanching if you do not want to cut the corn off the cob. Is this true? Thanks for the great instructions!!

    1. Diane says:

      Yes you can freeze it on the cob the same way. I cut it off to save space. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  16. Sarah @ Nature's Nurture says:

    Great tips, Diane! I was just contemplating whether to pick up some corn from the market b/c they’re on sale this week. But I had no idea if I could freeze them. So thanks for this! And thanks for linking up at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  17. Rona Berry-Morin says:

    I’m stopping by for a visit from Comfy in the Kitchen today.
    This gal is always on the lookout for delicious recipes and cooking tips.
    I have never tried freezing corn before but after reading your post I feel I’m up to the challenge.
    Have a terrific week!

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  18. Kristina @From City Corporate to Suburb Mama says:

    thanks so much for linking up!! Love me some corn! 🙂

  19. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    I am so glad you shared this post! I did not realise freezing corn was so do-able. This is an excellent tutorial.

  20. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    Oh my — have done tons of corn this way! My mother froze a bag for every day of the year for our big family and everyone got to cut the corn off the cob in season. It is soooo good though — totally worth doing. Thanks for sharing on busy Monday!

  21. Claiming Our Space says:

    I so need to do this since I can’t stand the canned corn kernels. Thanks for sharing on tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  22. Holly says:

    I love sweet corn. We do this all the time here on the farm and I always appreciate the work that goes into it when we pull it out to eat in the winter. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  23. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy says:

    I love to freeze corn whenever I can. There is absolutely nothing like fresh corn!

  24. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Diane says:

      Thanks so much Miz Helen I am so excited! I have eyed that red plate for quite a while now…lol!

  25. Deana says:

    Thanks for the tips……and for stopping by CountryMommaCooks and linking up at our Saturday Link and Greet Party…hope to see you again tonight : )
    Deana @ CountryMommaCooks

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