Freezing corn is an economical way to preserve the harvest. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for how to freeze corn.
I grew up in the country watching my parents can and freeze vegetables from our large garden, so I am familiar with the process of freezing corn. However, I have been removed from that country life since I moved away from home.
A few years ago our neighbor gave us a huge tray filled with corn he had husked. I had to quickly figure out how to freeze corn.
After cleaning the corn I found out we had 37 ears total. I saved six ears to cook with two upcoming meals and prepared the rest to freeze.
At that time, three ears per meal was perfect for our family. We would cut the corn off of one cob to split between our two kids. Our oldest was seven and missing his two front teeth, and our youngest was almost two and not ready to eat corn on the cob.
Before I started, I asked my mom for tips and reviewed the steps I found at PickYourOwn.org.
How to Freeze Corn – Steps I Used
Step 1 – Gather and husk your corn. Try to remove as much of the corn silk as you can. If you are doing this the night before, put corn in refrigerator until you are ready for the next step.
Step 2 – Blanch whole ears of corn in boiling water for 6 minutes and immediately put in pan of ice water. The boiling kills the enzymes that breakdown the flavor and color of the corn over time, and the immediate cooling prevents over-cooking. We don’t want to fully cook the corn.
Step 3 – Cut kernels off the cob using a sharp knife and a pan. I put the pointed end of an ear of corn into the hole of a fluted Bundt-style pan. When I cut off the kernels, they collected in the pan and the hole kept the ear from moving while I was cutting.
Step 4 – Fill freezer-safe bags with the whole kernel corn, and store flat in freezer. When I finished, I had 6 quart-sized, vacuum-sealed, freezer bags filled with corn.
After I was done, I sent a text message to my mom letting her know about my accomplishment (because I really felt like that was a huge accomplishment for me). I was truly surprised at how easy it was to prepare corn to freeze.
Do you have additional tips for freezing corn?