Corn season is one of my favorites. I love corn on the cob. But, I also love fresh corn cut off the cob… and using my Grandma Ella’s corn recipe… I prepare it the Southern way. In order to enjoy that summer time freshness in the dead of winter… freezing corn is on the July agenda.
By the end of July, we girls knew that momma would be bringing home 20 dozen ears of corn to be shucked, blanched and cut off the cob.
We sat in the carport, shucked corn and chatted with each other. Getting all the “silk” off off the corn was the biggest challenge but Mama had a slick way of removing it.
She had found that the “silk” was harder to get off, if the corn was wet… so after the shucking took place, we would take a dry dish towel and briskly rub it up and down the cob. Sure enough, the “silk” would come off easily.
Freezing Fresh Corn
1. Shuck corn and remove silk.
2. Bring a large kettle of water to a rolling boil and place corn into the water. When the corn comes to a rolling boil again… time it for 2 min.
3. Remove corn from the boiling water and plunge it into a large kettle of ice water.
4. Cut corn from the cob with a very sharp knife. Avoid cutting too far into the cob.
5. Scoop 2 Cups of corn into plastic freezer containers or into plastic bags. We used plastic bags because you could get most of the air out of the bag before sealing the bag with a twist tie.
6. Place bags in the packages in the freezer. Keep the bags from touching each other until they are frozen well. Then, you can stack them.
Today… having a Vac. sealer is just the ticket for removing the air and sealing the packages of corn.
It takes about 5 ears of corn to make 2 cups. Of course, it depends upon the size of the ears. Momma didn’t like her corn too young or too old…. just in between. It had to be perfect.. ya know.
Happy Canning And Preserving
P.S. The reason we didn’t put up corn on the cob… was…. 1. It took up too much room in the freezer. 2. Momma didn’t like the taste… and it seemed to pick up the cob taste after it was frozen. Cutting it of the cob and freezing it was the closest to enjoying fresh corn in July.