Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: How to Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn

Use my fool proof method to freeze fresh sweet corn and enjoy it all year long!

how to freeze fresh sweet corn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've been on a corn kick lately.  I mean, we do live in the middle of corn country so you see it being sold on every corner.  Often for $5 or less you can get a dozen ears that has been picked locally, most often than not that same day.

When I was getting my haircut and highlighted last week {hello....gray!} I was chatting with my hairdresser. Her husband happens to farm on the side of his regular day job and she told me their corn was ready.  They were selling it for $4/dozen {best price I've heard}.  Did I want some?  Well, of course I did!

So two days later I headed to their farm and picked it up.  And just to tell you how nice people in the Midwest are, he threw in a freshly picked bouquet of flowers for me as well.  I kept it in the fridge for two more days since we were headed out of town, but as soon as I got back and the kids were tucked in bed, I got to work on freezing most of it.


how to freeze fresh sweet corn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

After searching a few websites and consulting with friends and family I decided to go this route {listed below}.  It was super simple and for two dozen only took me an hour to complete, start to finish.  And that was with many interruptions.

I swear kids know when you are busy.  Can I have a drink?  I need to go pee.  What are you doing? Where did you get that corn?  

And all I kept thinking was.....why aren't you in bed?

How to Freeze Fresh Sweet Corn


1.  Husk and clean corn, removing all silk hairs.
2.  Get out a large stockpot and fill over half full with water, bring to a rolling boil.
3.  Get out another large bowl, fill with cold water and ice.
4.  Get out one last large bowl, set a smaller bowl upside down in that bowl, and if you have it an electric knife {makes cutting off the cob so easy, but a regular large knife will work too.}
5.  Get out plastic Ziploc bags or if you have it use Foodsaver storage bags {that is what I used.}
6.  Place 5-6 ears of corn into the boiling water.  Water should come back up to a boil within a minute {if not, you've added too much corn}.
7.  Boil for 6 minutes.
8.  Remove corn and immediately put into the large bowl of ice water.  Leave in there for 6 minutes.
9.  Remove from the ice water and place on a clean try or towel.
10.  Holding the corn cob on the small over-turned bowl, inside the bigger bowl, use electric knife to cut off the corn.
11.  Place 2 c. of corn into each baggie {can do more or less, but this is what I did.}  Push down to let air escape and seal bag or place into your Foodsaver system, suck out the air and seal.
12.  Mark baggie with the date and freeze.

how to freeze fresh sweet corn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


I did see many recipes that added sugar and salt to their corn, but I opted out of that.  I just wanted to keep it fresh.  When I tasted the corn it seemed super sweet, so I just kept it in its natural state. I also recommend having plenty of ice on hand, as you will need to replace it after each batch.  That hot corn tends to melt it!


We ate some fresh the other night and it was fabulous.  Our kids LOVE it.  And when I say love, I mean, they aren't interested in anything else on their plate.


Now.....go get some corn!


how to freeze fresh sweet corn (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Before you run out to that farm stand, I highly recommend you get the electric knife I use, a Cuisinart CEK-40.  It's fabulous!  We got it as a wedding gift and honestly I use it for two things each year. Cutting big loafs of bread and cutting corn of the cob in the summer.  It is truly the best!


1 comment:

  1. Steph@Been There Baked ThatJuly 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    My parents did this every summer growing up and now I have made it a tradition with my own family. It's so nice to enjoy Iowa sweet corn even in the winter months. We've put away about 3 dozen ears worth and hoping to do another 5 dozen before the season's over.

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