Monday, September 20, 2010

Freezing Corn

Well I have been busy the last little while trying to preserve some of the stuff from the garden.  I have shredded and frozen zucchini, made applesauce and chopped apples to freeze, picked tomatoes and put them in the basement (still have to can some of them), and I froze some corn.  Now I had never attempted to freeze corn before as we usually eat most of it fresh and the idea of cutting all the corn off the ears seemed like a lot of work.  However after reading this post at Heavenly Homemakers and checking out this post at Amy's Finer Things I decided to give it a try.

One of the things that made this easier was using an electric knife.  Now I have an electric knife but rarely use it except to cut fresh bread (it cuts fresh bread really nice without squishing the loaf) so I wouldn't have thought to use it if Amy hadn't mentioned it.  It made cutting the corn off the cob really simple and it didn't take any effort at all.  I also used a bundt cake pan and held the corn cob on the part that makes the hole in the cake and then when I cut off the corn it all fell into the cake pan.

So the process was pretty simple.  I picked and shucked the corn.  Then I placed the ears of corn a few at time into a pot of boiling water for three minutes.  Once the three minutes was up I transferred them to a sink full of ice water to stop the cooking process.  I then cut the corn off the cob and packed it into ziploc bags and froze them. Mmmm, now we will be able to enjoy home grown corn for a while to come.

Now if you are wondering how I did this all with a 7 month old baby, I will share (because when I read other blogs I always wonder how they manage to do all they do with young children).  While I was picking and shucking the corn I had LK in the backpack (which I mention in this post).  Then I brought him into the kitchen and gave him a pot and a wooden spoon to play with, which kept him busy for a while.  I had to pause the process partway through to nurse him and then I put him down for a nap.   That meant I could finish up in peace. 


  1. Great idea. How long is the corn alright in the freezer?

  2. I'm not really sure. We used the last of it at Christmas and it was fine. I think it would be good for at least 6 months in a deep freeze.