Blanching And Freezing Sweet Corn

How to preserve your harvest for the winter.

Christa Neu July 20, 2011

Don't let all that sweet corn go to waste. Follow these steps for blanching and freezing, and you can enjoy the fresh taste of summer all winter long.

Cleaning
Shuck the corn as you normally would. Remove corn silk with a soft vegetable brush.

 

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Boiling
Drop corn into boiling water.

 

 

Timing
Boil for 4 to 6 minutes.

 

 

Cooling
Plunge corn into ice bath, using one tray of ice per ear of corn into the bowl.

 

 

De-cobbing
Using a sharp knife, remove corn from the cob.

 

 

Documenting
Pack the corn into freezer-safe containers—be sure to label and date each container so you know what it is and when it's from.
 

 

Freezing
Tuck the containers of corn into your freezer and wait. On a cold day in winter you'll thank yourself for taking the time to blanch and freeze your corn. Enjoy.

For more about preserving your harvest, check out Home Canning Basics.