There are lots of reasons to learn how to freeze corn. Maybe you were blessed with a windfall like us. Or you grew your own great crop. Or maybe you even happened upon an amazing deal at a farm stand or supermarket. Don’t let it go to waste!
Freezing corn is simple and requires little equipment. Today I’m going to teach you my little “cheater” tricks to freezing corn the easy way.
We were blessed with several dozen ears of free corn from our neighbor. Let me tell you, it’s delicious! But even with a medium sized family like ours, we could never eat through that many dozens of ears of corn before they went bad.
So I decided it was best to put some in the freezer. It will be wonderful to have throughout the winter as a side dish or a great addition to our favorite recipes.
Here’s How to Freeze Corn the Easy Way
First, we shuck the corn. The kids enjoy helping with that part of the chore. The goats love to eat the husks. Or you can put them in the compost bin.
Tip: If you cut the bottom end off with a knife, some farmers say this releases the silks and make them easier to remove from the corn.
Next, wash the ears. Be sure to remove those stubborn silks.
Now cut the corn from the cob. I just use a knife, but I’ve been told that this tool is especially handy for the job.
Once you’ve cut enough ears of corn to fit your bowl, add a dab of butter. I only used about one tablespoon per large bowl. It more art than science. Omit the butter if you’d rather not use it.
Pop it in the microwave for 5 minutes. I don’t add water when I microwave it. If you prefer not to use the microwave, you can boil it for 5 minutes on the stovetop instead.
While the corn cooks, I prepare my quart sized freezer bags. I like to put the date on them for when I lose bags in the bottom of the freezer. Also because you’ll want to use up the last of the previous year’s bags before you begin this year’s batch.
Now find a cup that the top of your bag will fit over nicely. I use an extra large sized cup we got at a basketball game. I’ve also used a pitcher for gallon sized bags.
Pull your bag open and stretch it across the top for easy filling.
Fill each bag with the amount you’ll need for a meal. There’s no sense in adding too much and encouraging wasted food.
Fill your freezer! Corn stays good in the freezer up to 12 months. You might find that the older bags are best used in soups and casseroles, but the fresher bags are delicious just heated up as a side dish.
That’s how to freeze corn the easy way!
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