Easy and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Sweet Corn this Summer! Part 1: Freezing

One of my most favorite things about summer is sweet corn. It is so delicious and the perfect side to any summer meal!  Heck! I even love it so much it never fails that while we are out in the early morning picking I just might eat it straight off the stalk for breakfast!  Even our dogs can’t resist the refreshing taste of  Rothe Farms sweet corn!

Anyways… enough about my obsession for this delicious treat! Every year we always get the question “How do I prepare it?” or “How do I freeze it?”.  So this next 3 part blog series will be about just that!  It always seems that no matter how much sweet corn we put up each year we never put up enough to last us until the next season.  So this post is about the easy way to freeze your sweet corn.  That way you can save some for those long days when the winter blues seem to get the best of us.  What a sigh of relief it is to be able to bring back that sweet taste of summer. YUM!!

First of all in case you were wondering there are so many ways to transform this simple veggie into many delicious dishes such as the ones listed below.  And yes this winter I will be posting some of these favorite dishes of mine for you to enjoy as well!

  • The classic way, with butter and salt and pepper (You can never go wrong here!)
  • Taco Soup (A definite winter favorite in our house.)
  • Shepherds Pie
  • Corn Bread
  • Chicken Soup
  • Sweet Corn Fritters
  • Tex-Mex Quesadillas

And these are just a few! But first we must go back to the basics of freezing so that we can have it when the time comes.  After raising our own corn for many, many years nothing compares to farm fresh.  And after following this blog series you’ll be all set and NEVER need to buy it at the grocery store again! Here we go.

 

  1. Pick sweet corn right off the stalk.  This is the key to keeping it rich in flavor all year.  When you decide to freeze your corn the fresher the better.  And surprisingly it tastes like you just picked it yesterday after being thawed! I mean lets face it right off the cob is always the best but this is definitely second and way better than those steaming bags you can buy in the freezer section at most stores.Sweet Corn
  2. Gather your family and friends and have a shucking party!  Whoohoo!  Please, please do this outside… or you will regret it. No need to say any more.Shucking
  3. Start a pot of boiling water.  Also fill your sink with cold water. You will blanch the corn and then immediately transfer it to cold water.  This stops the cooking process which is very important!
  4. Put corn in boiling water for 3 minutes.  Nothing more, nothing less!  Make sure water is at a rolling boil before putting corn in.  Do not overload pot with corn. This will mess up the process.  Depending on the size of the pot and the corn you should be able to do 3-5 ears at a time.  Note: you can cut ears in half if you must.Boiling
  5. After 3 minutes remove corn with tongs and immediately place corn in cold water.  Reload pot with corn and repeat steps until all corn is blanched.  Depending on how much corn you are preparing you may need to replace water in pot and in sink a couple of times. Sink
  6. Once corn is completely cooled grab a cutting board and serrated knife and start cutting corn off the cob.  For easy cutting there are also tools you can buy to take kernels off and not risk cutting off your fingers! These can usually be found at any store that sells kitchen accessories.  But this fancy tool certainly isn’t necessary.  A knife will work just perfectly!corn_zipper
  7. Scoop corn into ziplock freezer bags.  I suggest only filling them about 2/3 full that way they store easily in your freezer.  I usually use quart bags that way I can get out as little or as many as I need.  Make sure to get all the air out of the bag before sealing.Storage 2.jpg
  8. Throw it in the freezer and BAM! Corn for the next year just like that! I do recommend only freezing enough for 1 year because after a year in the freezer it can start to taste really gross as with anything that sits in the freezer too long.
  9. Enjoy great tasting corn all year long!

 

Note: There are many variations to freezing corn so if this way doesn’t work for you don’t be afraid to try something else.  This is just what I have found that works for me and my family being the sweet corn lovers that we are! My mom actually adds butter, salt and pepper to the corn before she bags it.  It’s just whatever floats your boat. I guess she does this so its ready to eat with little preparation.  But I like to add seasonings and fresh butter myself that way there are no limitations on how I can cook with it.  Frozen as a treat, butter salt and pepper, or in a unique dish created by you… It tastes great any way!

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post on how to freeze sweet corn. 🙂 Part 2 is coming soon. Spoiler alert: Grilling is involved!! Summer. Sweet corn. Grilling… what more could you want? Stay tuned and God Bless.

Do you have a favorite way of eating sweet corn? Let me know in the comments. I love to try new recipes all the time!

{The Farmers Daughter}

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Easy and Delicious Ways to Enjoy Sweet Corn this Summer! Part 1: Freezing

  1. you can also blanche it on the cob. after you cool it in the sink…wrap it in aluminum foil. Make sure there are no open spots or it will get some freezer burn. when ready to have “corn on the cob” this winter, take it from the freezer and cook in the oven….in the original alum foil wrapping. If you are cooking meat in oven, just cook at the same temperature and for about the same amount of time. this works much better than boiling frozen corn on the cob.

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