Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Freezing Fresh Corn
I worked on freezing 65 ears of fresh corn last Sat. I first heard about freezing fresh corn from my sister-in-law Maile. Her husbands family does this. It sounded like such a fun and easy way to have great tasting corn in the yucky New York winter months. I had arranged with a farmer's stand 2 weeks in advance to call me on Fri evening if they had 5 dozen ears left. She did and I ran over. I got 5 baker's dozen and they were delicious. She cuts them every morning for her stand so I knew they were fresh. It took me at most 1 hr to clean the corn. 1 hr to blanch the corn. 1 hr to cut and bag up the corn. So at most this project took me 3 hrs. Here are the basic directions.
1. Clean the corn.
2. Blanch the corn for about 5 minutes. Different blogs or websites tell you diff times. I felt that this was the right time for me and my corn ;)
3. Cool. I immediately placed them on some newspaper to soak up all the hot water and cool.
4. Cut off the cob. I used a big bowl and then put a measuring cup upside down in it. I put the ear on the little cup and cut. Most of the kernels fell into the big bowl. I made sure to get the good stuff even some of the milk.
5. Bag it up. I put it in freezer bags. Roughly 5 ears of cut corn in each bag. I did throw in some diced red and yellow bell peppers into a few bags.
That was it. I hope you get to try this sometime. Can't wait to grab a bag when we have lots of snow and are really missing the tastes of summer.