How to Freeze Fresh Corn

A few weeks ago, Dan’s coworker sent him home with a HUGE bag of fresh sweet corn (thanks, Cheryl!). I was especially excited because we were nearing the end of sweet corn season, and I wanted to freeze some for winter to make corn chowder and other soul-warming dishes. So I set aside 4 of the ears for grilled corn-on-the-cob, and set to work prepping the remaining 13 for freezing.

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Beginning to end, the process only took about an hour, and half of that was spent shucking the corn while waiting for the water to come to a boil. It was easy and relatively fast, and I know we’ll enjoy the local frozen corn during the winter. So go snatch up the last of the season’s sweet corn and freeze it while you still can!

To freeze corn, you will need:

  • A large pot of boiling water
  • A large bowl of ice water
  • A knife & cutting board
  • Tongs
  • Freezer containers
  • Corn

Step 1. Shuck your corn.

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2. Drop 2 or 3 ears of corn in the boiling water. Allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

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3. Quickly use the tongs to move the corn to the bowl of ice water. Allow corn to cool for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Move the corn to the cutting board and cut off all the kernels. Try not to cut off the tough fibers closer to the cob!

Savvy Tip: The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to lay the corn cob down, as shown. Cut down towards the board, along the rows of corn, then rotate the cob to make another cut. Keep going until you’ve cut all the way around the ear of corn.

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5. Pack into freezer-safe containers. Though I’ve been trying not to buy new plastic storage containers, I decided to buy and use these. The Ball canning jars that I’ve been using for freezer storage keep toppling over, and these containers stack much better!

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6. Repeat with remaining corn, then freeze.

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I now have 5 full containers of corn stacked in my freezer, waiting to be cooked into stews and soups. Hooray!

Comments

  1. DTS says

    If you do a lot of freezing you might want to invest in a “Food Saver” It sucks all the air out and prevents freezer burn. Plus, it takes up less storage space. Although I have not tried it, I was told to use a bunt pan. Put the corn cob in the middle, which gives it stability, and cut down. All the kernels land it the bunt bowl. I just found your blog and look forward to reading more. Thank you.

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Thanks for the tips…I’ll have to try the bundt pan one next time (though that means I need to actually get a bundt pan…;) ).

      As for the Food Saver: does it only work for certain plastic bags, or any container? I don’t know much about it!

      • DTS says

        I only use Food Saver bags. I reuse my bags so they last a long time. I also only purchase them on sale. I also have Food Saver Containers for the refrigerator. It is amazing how much longer my produce lasts in these containers. I just have a very basis, no frills unit. Here is the website to read up on the advantages. http://www.foodsaver.com/FoodStorage.aspx

  2. says

    I think you’re giving away all my grandmother’s secrets! She has loads of freezed corn at her house. It’s perfect for chili in the winter:)

  3. says

    I picked corn at the farm when we went apple picking yesterday JUST so that I could freeze it..

    in place of a bundt pan, you can invert a small bowl & place inside of a larger bowl… works just like a bundt pan!

  4. says

    I think using vacuum sealer is the best way for keep fresh.I have Food saver and it’s bags are very useful . I can use it again and again . A vacuum food sealer extends the life of your food by about 5 times by vacuuming out the oxygen, and sealing the food in safely. Oxygen is what causes spoiling of the food, so by blocking it out you protect your food from spoiling.

    • says

      Thanks for this great post . It is very informational . I think using vacuum sealer is one of the best effective way . I have FoodSaver V4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System . I have had this machine for a couple weeks now. It came with some starter bags and a roll. I have ordered no-name brand rolls but they haven’t arrived yet but the foodsaver brand stuff they sent me seals really well. Even my skeptical husband is now impressed. I bought the can sealing attachment which also works great. My morning smoothies are so much better with out frost bite, and I can buy my spinach and kale in bulk when it’s on sale. Bought bacon in bulk when it was on sale and portioned it out, I’ve never seen my husband so happy.

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