How To Prepare Corn On The Cob For The Freezer

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Today I want to demonstrate how to prepare corn on the cob for the freezer. Or should I say, prepare our corn off the cob for the freezer? I prefer to blanch and scrape the kernels off the cob itself and use a FoodSaver to remove the air out of the bags before I freeze the corn. Mark and I went out to a small community called Enterprise, Utah for the city’s CornFest festival. It was so fun and the corn is the best in the state of Utah, or at least in Southern Utah, according to the folks from Enterprise! Gotta love it!! Do you love the white and yellow corn on the cob as much as I do? We put a cube of butter on a plate and insert the corn holders in the cob and then roll the corn in the sweet butter. Be sure and have the salt and pepper ready to sprinkle over the melted butter. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is!

Here’s the deal, I am a canning safety person big time. I use the Ball Blue Book guide to preserving food to make sure I have the preparation and cooking times spot on for safety. So let’s get started with my words, but the times are from the book stated above.

Corn On The Cob:

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I have this huge chopping board that I have had forever. If you keep it oiled with mineral oil it should last a lifetime, literally. I have one similar to this one : John Boos RA03 24-by-18-by-2-1/4-Inch Reversible Maple Cutting Board I learned a trick from my son-in-law, Nate on how to shuck corn on the cob. You take a very sharp knife and cut the hard end off.

corn on the cob

Next, you grab the top of the corn and pull off the outer green leaves with the silk attached. Now, you will still have a few strings of silk as shown below, but I have a solution for that as well.

corn on the cob

As I wash the corn I use this little vegetable scrubber, my daughter, Heidi gave me one year for my birthday. It is awesome for almost every vegetable known to mankind. As you scrub the bristles across the corn it removes about 99.9% of the silk. That works for me. OXO Good Grips Flexible Vegetable Brush

corn on the cob

I prefer freezer corn over canned corn because to me the canned corn in a jar is too mushy. But if your power or your freezer goes out those jars will taste mighty good, right?

corn on the cob

This is really a good little scrubber. Now get a large pot of water and get it to a rolling boil. Once you see that the water is boiling gently place as many of the cobs of corn you have in the boiling water. Set the timer for 5 to 6 minutes. This is what we call “blanching” the corn.

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Grab a large bowl and fill it full of ice cold water with ice cubes.

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After blanching quickly put the hot ears of corn in the ice cold water for the same amount of time that you blanched them, which is 5 to 6 minutes. After the cooling time, remove and dry the cobs on a clean towel.

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I’ve tried just about every corn on the cob scraper and they do not work as well a sharp knife for me. The bag holders shown above are the ones I have used for other things, but they did not work as well for me to fill the bag with the corn kernels. I ended up using my hands (they were clean) and filling the funnel with corn as shown above.

corn on the cob

I use my FoodSaver for so many things that tend to keep it right where I can use it at the drop of a hat, so to speak. This is similar to the one I have: FoodSaver V3835 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with SmartSeal Technology

Let me know if you have frozen or canned any corn this year, I love hearing your stories! May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

My favorite things:

Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt

Oxo Stainless Steel Corn Holders – Set of 8, Yellow

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow

12 thoughts on “How To Prepare Corn On The Cob For The Freezer

  • September 3, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    Linda, that looks so good. I have not had corn for five years since I realized that 90% of the corn was GMO. Are you getting your corn from an organic farmer? Would love to know where to purchase some.
    thanks,

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    • September 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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      Vivian, I’m with you WRT GMO anything, especially since the food/caloric value isn’t what “real” food has these days.
      I’d LOVE to grow my own non-GMO corn but, by golly, it takes a lot of room to grow enough to make it worthwhile and given the nature of the beast, it isn’t a good return on the effort since it seems rare to find more than two or three ears per corn stalk.
      And as much as I prefer to go organic, with NO true government regulations specifying what is required to meet what would be construed as TRUE organic, it isn’t really possible to know if you are getting an honest organic product given the lack of oversight to ensure it really is.
      Also, while I much rather prefer to support the few (read distant from me) Farmers Markets and the cost they pass on to the consumer, it can be a real chore to eat organic or non-GMO foods and stay within a realistic budget.
      I don’t begrudge anyone from making a living and providing a much needed and oftentimes neglected service or product, but anyone trying to buy quality foods and stay within a budget is hard pressed to do so in this day and age.
      Considering I am “mobility challenged” (disabled), putting in a garden and working it to help provide and supplement my groceries is a hard thing to accomplish. Especially living on my own and in the desert southwest where the heat can be very oppressive during the growing seasons.
      What would be nice would be to get with my neighbors who would be interested in doing something similar and we all work together, helping each other in a co-op spirit, and exchanging different produce. Perhaps if some would concentrate on one or more produce items and others something different, we could all take advantage of swapping beans for lettuce, onions for beets, cabbage for corn and so on.
      That way, each could concentrate on learning to grow and provide a specific item (s) and become proficient in those items. Of course, we could work out a schedule where we trade off what is grown each season to allow the soil to rest periodically and not strip out too many of specific nutrients and cause growing issues as time goes by.
      Sorry if this is long winded. I tend to get spooled up when I get excited and discussing gardening or other topics related to eating healthier.
      Since businesses are in the business to make money with as little effort expended to make the best margin and stay in business, I can’t really blame them but it is the CONSUMER who ultimately suffers to some degree from the practice.
      I suppose that is the world we live in this day and age.
      God Bless and Good luck in your quest to find a good source for your needs. 🙂

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      • September 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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        Hi Howard, oh man would that ever be a great idea to have a co-op type neighborhood to learn to grow food and share the wealth with each other! You are never long winded to me, I love hearing from you! It’s so frustrating what the cost of food is today! I grow a garden but it’s so hot here in the southwest that the pests, critters, etc. eat the crop before Mark and I do! LOL! The consumer for sure suffers, I wish we could take back our government and run things like our ancestors. I do not know how families feed themselves with the price of food. I know there is a neighborhood about one mile from me that is low-income housing and most are on food stamps (EBT cards). I can only say I pray God will bless all of us in the future because I believe we have only seen the beginning of what is to come. God bless you and Linda! Hugs! Linda

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    • September 4, 2016 at 7:51 am
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      Hi Vivian, I doubt that it’s organic corn. I only buy the fresh corn once a year to support the local farmers and I enjoy every bite. As far as the GMO that bugs me as well. I do not know what seed they used or pesticides. I worry about the water in our government controlled water supplies now as much as the chemicals, seeds, and pesticides. Who would have guessed we would ever have to worry about this stuff! Hugs, Linda

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      • September 4, 2016 at 9:27 am
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        Howard, good to see people getting excited, especially at our age. LOL…I tried to grow corn but it did not work well. I will keep trying as I refuse to eat corn that is GMO by Monsanto. If the pesticide can burst open the belly of the insects, then ..hmmm…after many years what is it doing to mine. As much as I love it I cannot bare to purchase it anymore.
        My little garden is now beds of food and is a work in progress. Next year I will know not to crowd everything in one bed. Also, to grow larger tomatoes as I realized I do not care for cherry tomatoes. The kale turned out wonderful and I ended up drying that and storing for soups. The broccoli must have a padding around the base of each plant to keep a particular pest from laying eggs and eating the baby plants. It worked well but still not as good as I expected. The broccoli shot up too fast and kind of exploded before it could really produce. I think it may be my soil. Potatoes are easy to grow. Maybe you could try that as they just need to be in a tub with draining holes, dirt, a little straw layered and cut up potato eyes. Just let the potato eyes dry out before planting. I try and plant them during a full moon. Hopefully, you can get out and about enough to do that and enjoy the sunshine and cool breezes. You have a very good idea of getting the neighbors involved. You can grow the potatoes. eh?
        Good luck with that my friend and may God bless and keep you in His care.

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        • September 4, 2016 at 9:39 am
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          Linda, it is doubtful that the corn is organic. Monsanto has all corn tied down to their seeds. I am such an activist against Monsanto since I realized that if you own the food, you own the people. Did you know that some countries in Europe have refused Monsanto’s seeds? They may be more awake than us as all we seem to be able to do is walk around staring at a square box in our hand. LOL…BTW…my phone is old fashioned flip phone. yes, I am a dinosaur and proud of it, by golly. (big toothy grin)
          So not to take away from you lovely article of corn. Believe me, my mouth waters every time I see your pictures.
          Good to talk to you again, my friend. May God bless you and keep you in His care.
          Vivian
          Cincinnati, Ohio

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          • September 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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            Hi Vivian, I love hearing you are an activist against Monsanto! I really wish we had more control than Pharma and Monsanto! It’s so good to talk to you too! We think alike! Hugs! Linda

        • September 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm
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          Vivian, I think a garden is always a learning curve for all of us! One year I grew so much zucchini I couldn’t give it away! This year my tomatoes did not fare well at all. I mean I had enough for several bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches but not enough to make salsa like last year. I froze so many tomatoes last year with peelings and all and then used my blender to pulverize them for soups, etc. I had to give up the cherry tomatoes, we couldn’t pick them fast enough! LOL! I’ve never tried broccoli, but potatoes are easy, very easy and taste so fresh. Yes, I buy organic potato seeds. May God bless you as well! Linda

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  • September 3, 2016 at 11:59 am
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    Although I, too, love corn off the cob, munching it straight from the cob adds to a festive meal treat so I freeze my corn whole still on the cob, even though it is bulkier for storage in the freezer.
    I learned an important lesson my first attempt, though. Short of dehydrating the whole schmoe, it was difficult to completely remove ALL the moisture so the water being sucked out during the vacuum/sealing process would be successful.
    In fact, my first two attempts met with failure.
    What I ended up doing was ensuring that I used enough excess bag (yeah, that’s a bummer but necessary I learned, but I can keep the waste down to an absolute minimum AND I can save and reuse the bags later for other purposes. More on that shortly.), and then I took a full sheet of paper towel, folded it up until it was about one inch (1″) wide and placed it sideways across the mouth of the bag (folding the edges to fit side to side) and inserted it in about two inches (2″) into the mouth of the bag and ensuring it laid flat.
    Make sure to place it at LEAST that far inside so the FoodSaver can create the proper vacuum and seal without the paper towel obstructing the sealed area.
    Once the bag has four ears laying flat, I insert the bag and let the machine do its work.
    The paper towel snags any residual moisture and allows the sealing strip to ensure a solid, airtight, seal.
    BAZINGA! You are done. Four ears are frozen and the perfect amount for a dinner plus two spares for a leftover meal for my Fiancé, Linda, and I in a day or two.
    It was a frustrating time trying to get the process figured out at first but now it is almost as simple as anything else to package.
    Oh, lest I forget, I turn down (roll) the mouth of the bag twice before inserting any food to make sure NO liquid ends up in the area to be heat sealed, thus preventing any mishaps.
    Now, for salvaging the used bags.
    I’m not so frugal (read CHEAP) that I won’t buy replacement bags, but ever the “salvager” I save the bags for other items that are NOT foods since I don’t want the concern of cross contamination even though I wash the bags out thoroughly inside and out.
    Well, I’ve found that for items that aren’t food, such as strike anywhere matches, small candles, spare batteries, partial rolls of TP (! Who wants soggy TP?!?) or other items you want to retain without fear of water damage, I cut the bags down (if required) and seal those small items inside.
    Ta, DAH! Waterproof whatever! 🙂
    This is ideal for those items needing minimal spacing inside of your BOB, GOOD or GHB, AND I’ll also insert a small Ziploc bag inside, too, so if or when you need one item, you’ll have an alternate way to reseal the remainder with at least a modicum of water resistance.
    Lastly, I always place a SMALL cut along one or two sides so it is easier to tear the bag open and I’ll mark the slots with a sharpie to make locating them easier.
    Well, there you have my suggestions and a few other ideas that I hope others can make use of.
    Take care and I really enjoy reading your posts!
    God Bless.

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    • September 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm
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      Hi Howard, I will have to try freezing the corn on the cob, next time. I looked at Mark after we did these three dozen and I laughed and as I said “I wonder how much corn is at the store, already bagged and ready to cook”! LOL! I love your tips on the FoodSaver, I wish every family could have one in their home. Hugs! Linda

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      • September 13, 2016 at 1:38 am
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        Howdy, Linda and All.
        Well, talk about learning curves, I had a dose of reality up side my head this weekend and I need to make an update to putting “COOKED” ears of corn into FoodSaver bags, sealing them under vacuum and then freezing them.

        It appears that by completely cooking the ears then pulling vacuum on them, you will actually be crushing the individual moisture laden kernels, which is why I evidently needed a paper towel inside the bag when vacuum sealing the corn.
        This hypothesis is borne out due to my cooking (warming) up four ears for dinner this past weekend.
        As I pulled the ears out of warming water I noted the kernels weren’t plump and firm but more flaccid and mushy.
        Eating the kernels off the cob was a lackluster and disappointing affair to me and my Hunny turned it down after two bites. How sad and disappointed I was.

        I’m now of the opinion that I should have just removed the husks and silk, washed the ears thoroughly and towel dried them and THEN vacuum sealed the ears, but NOT letting the device pull a full vacuum before overriding the sequence and instructing it to seal with roughly 1/2 to be 2/3 of a seal cycle, thus preventing the vacuum cycle from crushing the moisture out of the individual kernels and ending up with my experience.
        I’d be grateful to learn if anyone else has experienced this phenomenon or not. The whole idea of having “fresh” corn after the growing seasons end without paying big market prices is most appealing to me.
        I apologize if I lead anyone astray with my suggestions. It was, admittedly, my first attempt and based on the writings of others but using different veggies.
        Who knew? 🙁
        I had the best of intentions and will NOT give up in my quest for froze corn on the cob, by golly! I hope to have the time to stop at the market tomorrow and buy just a few ear of corn and try my alternate vacuum sealing attempts.
        I let you know what I learn as soon as I can make a determination.
        God Bless to All!

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        • September 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm
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          Hi, Howard, dang I was so hoping the full cobs of corn worked for you! I had already scraped mine and froze them in bags for the year. Here’s the deal, we are all learning new ways to preserve our food, you rock for trying! I can picture the mushy corn, I bet it’s like when I forget the corn on the cob in the boiling water! LOL! My daughter was telling a trick with boiling corn on the cob. She adds one cup of milk and some sugar. It was delicious! Have a great day my friend, Linda

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