Love the sugary goodness of corn on the cob? Learn how to freeze sweet corn for a taste of summer all year long!
Hello!! Hope you are doing awesome today! Once again, I start this post with thanks to my Gram for teaching me how to freeze sweet corn.
For as long as I can remember, as soon as mid-July hit, she would head to a nearby farm to buy a bushel of corn on the cob to stock the freezer for the winter.
And when I got married and started my family, I couldn’t wait to carry on the tradition.
There is NOTHING better than sweet corn on the table for Christmas dinner, my friend!
Growing up and living in the Catskill Mountains of New York, sweet corn was always abundant. It grows readily in the rocky soil there.
No one ever thought it was odd when you purchased a bushel of corn!
I guess I assumed it grew that way everywhere…
But, when we moved to Vermont, I was shocked to find that it DOESN’T grow that way everywhere.
Not even here…just 5 hours away from my homeland…
It’s not that it doesn’t grow here. It does…
But, it doesn’t produce the way it does down in the Catskills.
And people looked at me funny when I asked where to buy a bushel of sweet corn.
As if I was stealing the corn from the whole town…
On A Mission To Freeze Sweet Corn
So, what’s a girl to do when she can’t get her beloved sweet corn on the cob to freeze for winter?!
Drive to New York, of course!
Luckily, I don’t have to make the full 5 hour drive back to the Catskills to get it though.
Just across the state border is a lovely farm stand that sells tons of sweet corn, grown right in the Adirondacks!
And while it’s not the big, giant kernels that we’re used to from corn grown in the Catskills, it’s super sweet and it tastes great.
Plus, it only takes me about an hour and a half to get there!
Honestly though…I’d drive the 5 hours to get it.
I love it that much!
So, now that you know my obsession with corn on the cob…
Are you ready to learn how to freeze sweet corn for your own freezer?
Awesome! You’re going to love it…no more rubbery, tasteless kernels from the freezer section!!
Let me start by saying that freezing your own sweet corn is NOT hard!
In fact, I’d recommend it as a starting point for anyone who is interested in preserving their own food.
Second, if you DON’T have the ability to drive to New York and get some of the best sweet corn for yourself…check your local grocery store.
That yummy, deliciousness gets shipped all over the country and while you might not be able to get New York grown corn, you’ll surely be able to get some from New Jersey!
A close second cousin, if you will…
So, now that you’ve got your sweet corn in hand, let’s head to the kitchen and freeze it!
- 1 bushel corn on the cob (roughly 62 ears)
- 20 to 22 quart freezer bags
- Husk the corn. Remove all silk strands.
- Heat 2 large pots of water, on high temperature, to boiling.
- Fill 1 side of your sink with ice and cold water.
- Place as many ears of corn as you can into each pot of boiling water.
- Return to a boil. Cook for 6 minutes.
- Remove corn from boiling water and place into ice water.
- Repeat steps 4 through 6 until all the corn has been blanched.
- Cut corn kernels off the cob using a sharp knife.
- Place the kernels from 3 ears of corn into each freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.
- Repeat steps 8 through 9 until all the corn has been cut and frozen.
- 3 ears of corn per bag will serve 4 people
- Prefer not to waste freezer bags? Place 16 ears of corn into 1 gallon freezer bag and scoop out as needed! 1 bushel will produce 4 gallon bags with approx. 16 ears each.
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.