Let’s Get Corny!

Hi everyone, Jess here, and it’s that time of year! The corn is sweet and at peak flavor, and it’s a great time to freeze some up for the cooler seasons. An hour or two of your time provides a great return on your investment come winter months. It In case you’ve never frozen summer corn, here’s a quick trip through the process.

First, pick yourself up a bunch of sweet corn. I picked this beauty bushel up from Springdell.
Next, shuck away! I had the kids throw on a cartoon marathon, grab a few empty boxes, and we all peeled in front of the TV while the water began boiling.
Boil water in the biggest pot you can. Prep an equal sized container full of ice water, and have extra ice on-hand. Get a rimmed platter, cookie sheet, or similar situation ready for your finished cobs.

Once the water is at a rapid boil, put your first batch of shucked corn in and set a timer for 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes, quickly (and carefully) remove the corn with tongs and plunge the cobs into your ice water for another 4 minutes. Once all the cobs have been removed from the boiling water, restart your water boiling for your next batch.

After 4 minutes in the ice water, transfer those blanched cobs to your platter (dripping off as much excess water as possible) and repeat the process. You’ll hopefully get a rhythm and can get an assembly line going.

Before you know it, you’ll have a bushel of blanched corn! You can freeze the corn in bags as-is at this point, or cut it off the cobs (my preferred method).
To cut the kernels off of the cobs, find that sweet spot where you’re cutting as close to the cob as possible without cutting the cob. I prefer a simple serrated knife for the job.
Once the kernels are removed, turn your knife around and use the dull edge to scrape down the rest of the cob.
Pack corn into freezer bags, removing as much air from the bags as possible. (Here you can see my 8 year-old helped label the bags). If you have any pals with chickens, now is a good time to text them and see if they’d like your husks or cobs to treat their fine feathered friends!

That’s the process of freezing corn as it happens in the Anderson household. If you’ve tried this, how did it go? Do you have a different method for preserving your summer corn? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A long time member of Springdell and a busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food.

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