…in the middle of winter?!
That’s right my friends, there is a way to have that sweet, fresh and crisp taste of summer’s sweet corn in the middle of winter. FREEZE IT! Trust me when I tell you, taking 30 mins of time to prepare and freeze fresh summer corn is well worth it. You will NOT find the taste anywhere in the freezer or canned goods section of your grocery store in January, so why not stock up now? You can go to your local farmers market and get 5 for $1.00 this time of year , so load up for those long, grey days, or Christmas dinner!
So, firstly, I picked about 10 cobs from my garden. (Maybe I’ll have a tutorial to grow your own corn next spring. It’s the best!) You husk them like normal. Compost the husk and silk. As you can see from the picture, my corn isn’t perfect. I don’t use chemical fertilizer or pesticides, so a few blemishes are to be expected. In this case, I picked a few too early because the bugs were getting to them before I was! The taste, on the other hand, is perfection.
Now that your corn is husked, drop them all into a large pot of water, bring to a rolling boil, and boil for about 10 minutes, give or take. Once they’re a bright yellow, and smell delicious, drain them, and let them cool.
Once it’s cool enough to handle, get a sharp knife and a bowl (I’m a vintage pyrex collector….they make me happy.)
And start shaving those puppies right of the cob. Get close enough to the core to get all the good stuff, but once you hit the harder, brownish core, stop. Like so:
Repeat for all cobs. ( I hear they make some corn do-flangus that takes the kernels off for you, but this works just fine and doesn’t cost anything….)
Now, just get a quart freezer bag, or larger depending on the number of cobs, and fill ’em up!
And VOILA! Fresh corn for the freezer, to be enjoyed when fresh corn is no longer… 🙂 Just be sure to take out as much air as possible before putting in the freezer to avoid freezer burn. (Sorry about the sideways pic, I’m still learning.)
Now, if you don’t have a deep freezer, go get one, hit up the farmers market on your way home, and GET TO FREEZING! The amount of money you’ll save freezing your own veggies will cover the cost of the freezer in no time!
You can do this with all kinds of veggies. I currently have zucchini, summer squash and green beans fresh from my garden in the freezer beside the corn. 🙂 Let me know if you want to freeze them, I’d be happy to give you pointers.