How To Freeze Corn On The Cob And Kernels

Freezing summer sweet corn is a great way to enjoy it anytime. In this article, we will go through the steps needed to freeze corn on the cob and kernels.

corn on the cob

How To Freeze Corn On The Cob

  • The first step in getting the corn ready to freeze is to peel it and remove any excess silk.
  • Next, you will fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the corn to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn the corn occasionally. You don’t need to add salt to the water.
  • While the corn is boiling fill another pot with ice water.
  • After the corn is done, remove it from the water and place the corn into the ice water. Leave the corn in the ice water for 4-5 minutes. Flip over halfway through the chilling time.
  • Remove the corn from the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the corn on a baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer and wrap the corn individually with plastic wrap.
  • Place the corn in a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible before closing.
  • Label with the name and date and then freeze.
corn on a plate

Do I need to add salt to the water?

You don’t need to add salt to the water. This can cause the corn to become tough, you don’t want that.

Do I need to blanch the corn before freezing?

You can choose to blanch the corn first or freeze it uncooked. I recommend blanching the corn first as it helps to retain the texture and flavor of the corn.

Why do I need to freeze the corn after putting it into the ice water?

This step is needed to help prevent freezer burn. The ice water may not have chilled the corn completely so putting it into the freezer on a baking sheet for a couple of hours ensures that the corn is chilled all the way through.

Do I need to wrap the corn with plastic wrap?

It is up to you if you want to wrap with plastic wrap or freeze it in the bag as is. I like to wrap the corn with plastic wrap first. If you do decide to wrap the corn do it after you chilled them in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

What kind of bags do I need to use?

You can use any freezer bags that you have available. I prefer to use the gallon freezer bags, as they have more room. For the kernels quart freezer bags work great. Try removing as much excess air from the bag before closing.

How much corn will fit in the bags?

About 4-5 pieces of corn should fit in a gallon freezer bag.

What equipment do I need to freeze the corn?

You will need freezer bags, 2 pots, or a bowl for the ice water. ice cubes, baking sheet, tongs to remove the corn, plastic wrap, and a knife if cutting the kernels off.

How long does corn last in the freezer?

Corn can last in the freezer for up to 12 months. Check for freezer burn before using.

cutting the kernels off the corn

How To Freeze Corn Kernels

  • The first step you will want to do is peel the corn and remove any excess silk.
  • Next, you will fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the corn to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn the corn occasionally. You don’t need to add salt to the water
  • After the corn is done, remove it from the water and place the corn into the ice water. Leave the corn in the ice water for 4-5 minutes. Flip over halfway through chilling time.
  • Remove the corn from the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Next, you will remove the kernels from the corn with a knife and place them in a bowl. Break up the kernels with your hands.
  • When you are done cutting the kernels, place them in a freezer bag. Remove air from the bag before closing.
  • Label with name and the date and then freeze.

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How To Freeze Corn On The Cob And Kernels

Tips on how to freeze corn on the cob and the kernels.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How To Freeze Corn on The Cob
Servings: 4
Calories: 80kcal

Ingredients

  • Corn
  • Ice and Water

Instructions

  • Peel the corn and remove any excess silk.
  • Next, you will fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add the corn to the pot and cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn the corn occasionally. You don't need to add salt to the water.
  • While the corn is boiling fill another pot with ice water.
  • After the corn is done, remove it from the water and place the corn into the ice water. Leave the corn in the ice water for 4-5 minutes. Flip over halfway through the chilling time.
  • Remove the corn from the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Place the corn on a baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove from the freezer and wrap the corn individually with plastic wrap.
  • Place the corn in a freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible before closing.
  • Label with the name and date and then freeze.

Notes

Corn can last in the freezer for up to 12 months. Check for freezer burn before using.

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