“Sweet Corn! $3/dozen” Are you seeing this sign everywhere along the roadside? I am! Have you tried any? You should!! Fresh Sweet Corn straight out of the garden is simply the BEST! The problem is that fresh corn is only good for a day or two and then it starts to sour. That is why I want to show you how you can be Freezing Summer Sweet Corn for Winter Eating. It’s EASY!
Really not kidding here – it is easy! Children as young as 2 can begin helping . You can learn to do this too!
I won’t include a recipe here – because there really isn’t a recipe.
FIRST ASSEMBLE THE THINGS YOU NEED FOR FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
- The corn (I bought 11 dozen)
- Quart sized Freezer Bags (not storage bags)
- A sharpie marker
- Sharp knife or Corn tool (see photos)
- Bundt pan (not 100% necessary – but sure makes cleanup easier)
- Cutting board
- Large pot for boiling water (about 6 quart or so)
- Ice (I used 5 bags)
- Large bowl for ice water to cool the corn (your kitchen sink will do).
- Large bowl to hold the kernels once cut from the corn – before bagging
- A trash can, bags or someplace to dispose of your husks and cobs. (I put mine in a wheelbarrow and carry them to my horse – she LOVES them!). Perhaps you will put them in your compost pile, share them with a hog or horse somewhere that you know of.
You can see the corn shaving tool in this photo – but I am going to add a link to the corn tool from Amazon so that you can see it better. I personally do not LOVE this tool because I have cut myself so many times with it – I prefer to just use a sharp kitchen knife. Sweet Hubby wouldn’t do it any other way. So, you see, differences of opinion.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
If you are buying from a local farmer – chances are that he doesn’t use anything on his corn to kill bugs. In my estimation this is a GREAT thing! I don’t want to eat bug killer! However, bugs and worms LOVE sweet corn too! Your corn may have a few places where bugs have drilled in and had a bite. It is possible to even find a worm in there! Worms like the skinny end of the corn (that is why I just cut that part off to start with – I don’t like to see or look at worms). If you see one, don’t fret – just cut that end off and keep going. Did some little guy drill in through the husks? Just cut off what he ate. No big deal. Organic farming does have its drawbacks and sharing with bugs is one of them.
REMOVE THE HUSKS AND STRINGS TO BEGIN FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR SUMMER EATING
First remove the husks and strings from the fresh corn. Sweet hubby and I always cut both ends off of the corn and then peel the husks and strings away. You can use a soft toothbrush to remove any clinging strings. You don’t have to get them all – many will come off when you blanche it.
BLANCH THE CORN FOR FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
Boil a large quantity of water. You want the water boiling at a full boil – be careful don’t burn yourself. From the photos, you can see that we do this out on our deck – keeps the heat outside. However, you can do this just as easily in the kitchen. Just use your largest pot to boil in and only put a few ears in at a time. In this large stock pot – we put about 8 ears. A typical 6 quart stock pot holds about 3 or 4 at a time. If you put many more, it reduces your boil down so significantly that it is hard to get it back up to temp and it is also difficult to remove the corn as soon as it changes color.
So- the key here – get the water boiling and put your corn in. As SOON AS IT CHANGES COLOR REMOVE IT AND PLUNGE IT INTO ICE WATER. This only takes about 30 secs to 60 secs if you have a good rolling boil.
We set up a big cooler next to the burner and just toss the corn over into the ice water.
CUT THE KERNELS FROM THE EARS FOR FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
Next the fun part! Cutting the corn from the ear. There are several ways to do this. Sweet Hubby likes to use the special tool that I bought a few years ago. It looks like a razor and it is just the right size to dig down and get the entire kernel. I’ll just say, be careful, it is SHARP! Ask my scarred thumb! No one wants bloody corn. Sweet Hubby hasn’t cut himself once with that thing.
I use a large and very sharp kitchen knife (10 inch Chef’s knife) and I place the small end of the corn in the center column on a Bundt Pan. Then simply slice down the ear toward the pan. The kernels conveniently fall into the Bundt Pan.
BAG UP THE CORN FOR FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
Next we bag up the corn. Here is a hint: Label the bags first. It is almost impossible to label those bags once the corn is in the bag! I use a Sharpie Marker and write what is in the bag, how much and the date that we froze it. EX: Corn 2 Cups 8/6/16.
VERY IMPORTANT!!! ****IF USING RESEALABLE BAGS – ONLY USE THE ONES RATED FOR THE FREEZER!**** The storage bags are not enough protection for your corn!
I try to put 2 to 4 Cups of corn per bag. 2 Cups is the right amount for dinner for us. You can put up to 5 Cups in a 1 Quart Freezer Bag – but I wouldn’t go anymore than that.
Simply dip the corn into the bag. Then you want to squeeze as much of the air as you can out of the bag and seal it.
Flatten the corn out flat in the bag and set it in the freezer.
When you are ready to use the corn – simply remove from the freezer, place it in a saucepan to heat on the stove, add about ¼ cup of water and a little butter and salt. Heat. You are good to go! Fresh corn all year!!
See, I told you it is easy!
NUTRITION FACTS FOR FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
HOW CHILDREN CAN HELP WITH FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
Kids love to help with this activity – let them! Think about the family memories this will create. Can you hear them at age 20 telling friends, “Yeah, I learned to help put up corn and other stuff when I was just a baby, we worked on it as a family”. Not too many children can claim memories like that anymore. You will be giving them knowledge that will help them the rest of their lives!
HERE IS HOW CHILDREN CAN HELP WITH FREEZING SUMMER SWEET CORN FOR WINTER EATING
- 2 – 3 year olds – carry corn from the bag to the table to be shucked. They can begin trying to shuck (will probably make a mess). They can help a grownup carry the bags to the freezer. They can pick up stray shucks and place them in the bag/wheelbarrow! They can tag along to take the shucks wherever they go – to the horse/hog, to the compost pile…. ?
- 4-5 year olds – Shuck corn, remove the corn from the ice water and carry to the cutting table. Scoop corn into bags (it is great to teach them to measure and count that way! If your bags
aren’t exactly 2 Cups – who cares? Being so technical and precise isn’t that important for freezing sweet corn)
- 6 – ? year olds – label bags, stack bags in the freezer, empty the Bundt pan into a larger container when it is full.
*** Putting the ears into the boiling water and removing them from the boiling water is not a job for children. Cutting the kernels from the ears is also not a job for children. But you know that already!***
VERSE TO SHARE
As you know, we have been covering Jesus’ sermon on the mount. Last time, Jesus taught us to pray. This time, Jesus is talking about Fasting. Strange that a food blog would talk about fasting – but here it is! We get the idea – if you are doing something for Jesus, don’t do it with a scowl on your face. Find the joy, man, find the joy.
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ~ Matthew 6: 16-18
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