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Freezing Corn

July 8, 2010

I just got finished cutting some corn off the cob and thought I'd share my thoughts on that. I have gotten to the point where, when it is on sale, I buy a few more ears of corn than we can eat at one time and cut it off the cob to freeze for later. I do this several times a summer.

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After it is boiled, when it has cooled, I get a sharp knife and a paper or foam plate that I can use to pour or scoop the corn into a zip freezer bag. Quart bags are the best size for our family. I have found that cutting the corn from the point down is a better way than the other end up. When the corn is off the cob, I take the knife and scrape the cob to the plate so I can get all the good off the cob. If adding salt, pepper, or butter, wait till ready to eat.

Next there are several things you can do. You can squeeze out the air and freeze or save for another meal. Or you can add some of the water that the corn was boiled in to avoid freezer burn, then squeeze out the air. You could also put the cobs back into the corn water and boil for more flavor, then use the corn water to water pack the corn for the freezer. That more flavorful corn water can also be used in soups or stews and can be frozen separately for added flavor to other dishes.

The water packing and squeezing the air out will help keep the corn good for a very long time. I've found corn in the back of the freezer that had been there more than a year and it was in great shape. It didn't have any holes in the bag and tasted great. When ready to eat the corn, you can pour off the water packed broth, heat it with corn, or dump the whole bag into a pot of home made soup. Tastes great in the winter. .

By Squeeky from Western PA

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This may be a little early in the season, but as I used the last of my corn from the freezer for dinner tonight, it reminded me to share this with everyone. Over the years, I have tried many times to freeze corn on the cob. Most instructions say to blanch and cool.

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Do not hesitate to stock up on corn when there is a sale. Corn can be frozen, in the husks, in a pillowcase. Load up the pillowcase, fold the top over so it is closed, and place in the freezer. It will stay as fresh as the day it was picked.

A pillowcase full of corn in the freezer.

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A Guide to Freezing Corn. Corn should be harvested for freezing in the "milk stage" (as soon as the kernels are full of sweet, milky-colored juice). If the fluid in the kernels is clear, the corn is not ready yet.

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April 22, 2005

Cut corn from cob and place in roaster pan. Melt butter and drizzle over corn. Add half and half and mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Place in freezer bags.

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It's going to be time to be freezing corn in our area before we know it! There is nothing better than Iowa sweet corn, especially in the cold winter time. It's a great reminder of summer!

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To get 20 cups corn: Insert ears into boiling water. Boil 6 minutes. Take out and put in ice water. Cut kernels off ear. Then measure for above recipe.

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Remove corn from the cob and blanch them. Cool and store in airtight container and freeze.

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June 19, 2011

Today I cooked some corn on the cob on the stove. I had a lot of leftover cobs. Is it safe to freeze them and then heat then up again in a week or so?

By Mel S.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, be sure to keep refrigerated until just before reheating. I place mine in wax paper and place into microwave. Start with 1 minute and continue until it is hot enough to melt butter and eat.

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June 21, 20110 found this helpful

I wouldn't freeze it, I would refrigerate it. When you reheat it from freezing (if it's been cooked all the way), it will be mushy. :(

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September 5, 2011

Can I put corn in the husk, from my garden, directly in the freezer?

By JE

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With all the gardens here, I get lots of summer corn. What is the best way to freeze it, with the husk on or off? Must I blanch it first or just husk, seal, and store? Thanks for all replies!

By Edith Crump

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful

When I freeze corn, I blanch it first, cool it and cut it off the cob and put in zip lock freezer bags. I have eaten some that has been in the freezer for 4 years and it was just as good as when it was first frozen. I believe in blanching.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful

I have frozen corn for over 30 years and this I have found:
1. If you are going to leave it on the cob then you blanch it for 7 minutes Ice water it for 14 minutes and dry with a towel, wrap each ear in tin foil and bag. This keeps it fresh for a year at least.
2. If you are going to use within 3 months leave in shuck and put in brown paper bag.
3. If you don't have the space blanch as Litter Gitter said and put in small bags. Tastes just as good without the hassle or extra work. (done this way you can also cut it off the cob and put in lge bowl and microwave till heated through and through.
I didn't like this method unless I used it within 3 months.)

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August 21, 2011

How do you blanch corn on the cob and then cut it of the cob to freeze it? How long do I boil it and how long do I submerge it in an ice water bath?

By Elaine

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July 31, 2011

What is the best and easiest way to freeze corn-on-the-cob?

By Linda K.

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July 31, 20110 found this helpful

You can google the topic, or in the morning call your Home Extension Agent for your area. I think you will find them in the phone book under your county or a neighboring county.

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September 13, 2010

I tried freezing corn on the cob this year. I followed the instructions in a preserving book. After a few days in the freezer several kernels turned brown. Is this still safe to eat? What happened?

By Geraldine from Havre, MT

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September 13, 20100 found this helpful

If too high a temperature is used when cooking, caramelization of the sugar occurs in the corn, causing the kernels to turn brown.

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful

When I freeze corn on the cob, I shuck the ear and put it in the freezer as is, I put several in a ziplock freezer bag. I live alone so when I want one for a meal, I take out one, wrap it in paper towel and nuke it for 4 minutes. I could boil it, I just don't want to.

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September 26, 20100 found this helpful

You didn't say how you stored your corn in the freezer.

I cut both ends of the ear of corn, remove loose husks, put ears with husks on into a brown paper grocery bag, close the top and freeze. I can remove any amount of corn, finish husking and cook. The best way to cook corn on the cob (learned from grandmother 50 years ago) is to bring water to a boil, drop corn in, when water begins to boil again, corn is done.

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July 20, 2011

Approximately what is the yield from 100 ears of sweet corn after being cut from the cob?

By Nancy


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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

According to what I have heard, it takes about three ears of corn to make one cup.

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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

According to what I have heard, it takes about three ears of corn to make one cup.

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June 28, 2012

We grew, shucked, cleaned, and blanched our corn on the cob, then wrapped it in foil, placed in plastic bags, and froze. Now that we are ready to eat the frozen corn on the cob. Which is the best way to heat or reheat the corn cobs?

By Jan F.

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What is the best way to freeze corn on the cob?

By Joyce Pikey

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