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Last summer (2020) we picked up some sweet corn from a local farm and froze it. It was amazing. Fresh sweet corn, picked and frozen, and enjoyed later in the year. The problem, we enjoyed it so much, it was all gone too soon.
Last summer, we started with 7 dozen. 84 ears of sweet corn. 5 dozen ears were shucked and bagged. 2 dozen ears were frozen as cobs. Like I said, it was good, but gone too soon.
This year, we wanted to increase the amount of corn in the freezer and purchased 10 dozen. That's 120 ears of corn. And these ears of corn were huge.
We shucked 120 ears of corn. Fortunately, we had some help, but 120 ears of corn is still a lot of corn!
We have a local farm that grows corn, along with other vegetables, that they then sell at their farmer store. This corn was just picked. From field to market to our home to our freezer. It was less than 48 hours from the corn being picked to being bagged and frozen. That's fresh.
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We filled up our big stock pot and started boiling water.
With the water ready, we added the corn.
We've learned that the ideal time to boil corn is about 3 minutes. So that everything would cook evenly, we only put 8 to 10 ears in the pot at a time.
After 3 minutes, we cut the kernels of the ears and filled freezer bags. We used quart-sized freezer bags. Each bag held 2 and a half cups of kernels.
We filled the bags and pressed them flat, pushing the air out of each bag. Then we labeled each bag with a date.
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All total, we filled 60, 1-quart freezer bags with fresh picked sweet corn.
We learned to freeze corn many years ago. As a young couple we served at a Christian camp in north-central Pennsylvania. While we were there we made friends with a wonderful couple who showed us how to can and freeze fruit and vegetables. In the years since, we haven't done a lot of canning or freezing, but it is nice to be able to store some things away.
Last summer we canned pickles and salsa, and froze tomato sauce, peppers, and corn. This summer, we were a little too busy to can as much as we did last year. But we have corn.
This is going to tase so good. We'll be enjoying fresh picked corn all winter long.
The process is easy.
1. Pick up some fresh corn from a local farm or market.
2. Shuck and clean the corn.
3. Prepare a large pot with boiling water. (salt is optional)
4. Boil the ears of corn for 3 minutes.
- You will want to give time for the water to return to a boil between each round of corn.
5. After 3 minutes, remove the corn from the pot and let cool.
6. When the corn is cool enough to handle, corn the corn away from the cob.
- We used a shape knife to cut away the corn from the cob, however there are tools available.
7. Place the corn in a freezer safe bag. Press the bags to remove any air before sealing.
- Don't forget to mark the bag with a date and description.
8. Place the bags in the freezer.
9. Enjoy when ready!
Thanks for reading.
- the higham family
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