I am planning to store corn on the cob which I will use for next month’s picnic with the family. I decided to store them because I do not want to buy them a few weeks before the picnic when they are no longer in season and the prices are a bit higher than they are now. Is there any way I can store corn on the cob?
Corn on the cob is tricky to store since it begins to deteriorate immediately after it is harvested. However, there is a method that you can use to store them.
Freezing corn on the cob is an effective way of storing it. The process will help you store your supply of corn on the cob for several months without any significant changes in its quality. To do this, however, there is a process you need to follow.
Can You Freeze Corn on the Cob?
Freezing is considered to be the only way to properly store corn, as any other method will subject your supply to some changes in quality.
There are different ways to freeze corn on the cob. You can freeze it with the husk on, if you prefer, and storing it as such will not affect the quality of the corn.
Freezing corn on the cob will help preserve the moisture within, and so the overall quality of the corn will not be diminished when it is stored. Freezing also causes no significant changes to its texture.
If you successfully freeze your supply of corn on the cob, you can bet that it will remain frozen for up to 3 months.
To thaw your supply of corn on the cob, you need to take it off from its packaging first. Afterward, you need to run your supply of corn on the cob under cool water until it is fully thawed.
You can also thaw it by putting your package in a resealable plastic bag and submerging it in cool water.
How to Freeze Corn on the Cob?
To freeze your supply of corn on the cob, you need to follow these steps:
- Make sure first that you pick the freshest corn on the cob for your supply, as these will last the longest.
- Blanch your corn. This will prevent it from developing any further.
- Take the silk and husk off from your corn.
- Boil a pot of water and season it with a teaspoon of salt.
- Drop your corn individually into the water and leave them there for ten to fifteen minutes depending on how big your corn is.
- Transfer your corn to a big bowl of cold water (preferably with ice) and let it chill.
- Once the corn has cooled, wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in your freezer.
- Your supply will last for three to five months before any deterioration occurs.
Corn on the Cob Recipes
A way to cook your corn for picnics would be to butter roast them. You can do this by following the instructions in this video:
You can also try grilling them Mexican style by following the helpful recipe explained in this video:
To make cheesy corn on the cob that is perfect for snacks, you can follow the steps explained in this video:
Yes, you can freeze corn on the cob. I prefer to buy corn when it is in the season to cut down on costs. You can save 1/3 of the cost by freezing corn on the cob. If you want to freeze your corn, follow these steps: husk the corn first, blanch the corn for three minutes, cool it down, cut off kernels with a knife or sharp knife. You can now store your kernels in a ziplock bag in the freezer. To defrost, put them in a bowl of cold water overnight or microwave frozen kernels for two minutes on high. Frozen corn will last for 4-6 months in the freezer.
What would you do with your frozen corn kernels? Share your experience and tips in the comment section below.