I am not a very fast worker, so when I get produce for freezing or canning, I prefer to get a little bit at a time and process it before going on to more. I froze a dozen ears of sweet corn last week and it took me most of the afternoon.
This week my two granddaughters are here, and we got four dozen ears which were quickly put in the freezer with their help.
Since we donâ€™t have corn in our garden we purchase it locally at the Farmerâ€™s Market in town.Â And the window for good sweet corner is nearly closed, so we have to get as much as we can possibly handle now.
Now, the best way, in my mind, to freeze corn is the easy way.Â Blanche, cut off the cob, throw in bags and throw in the freezer.
I sent the girls outside and they husked all four dozen ears and brought them in a little at a time.Â I had hot water boiling in a large pan that held about six cobs.Â (When you put the cobs in, the temperature drops and the water has to reach boiling again before you start timing it.)
Cover the pot and check for boiling often.Â When it is boiling, set the timer for about six or eight minutes.Â Take out with a tongs and put immediately in ice water (make sure you have plenty of ice before you start – the corn gets the cold water hot very quickly).
As soon as you take the first cobs out, put more in, watch for the pot to start boiling, then start the timer again.
I have a Corn Cutter that I use but since I was using it, I had the girls use their paring knives.Â They each have a different colored one; it makes them feel more at home to dig in my knife drawer and find â€œtheirâ€ knives.
To cut the corn with the cutter, slide a blanched cob across the blades and the corn falls into the bowl.Â To use a knife, stand the corn on end and slide the knife close to the cob to get the most corn off as possible.
I cut the corn off the cob into a large bowl. After the girls finished husking, they came in and started cutting the corn off.
Soon they had cut enough so that I was busy putting the corn into bags instead of cutting, myself.Â The system worked beautifully!Â And I have plenty of corn for the winter now.
The only problem is that they will be gone soon and the corn is gone, as well.Â Itâ€™s a struggle to find any good fresh local corn anymore.Â The window is closed and there is no more GOOD corn available.
But thanks to the girls, I have enough corn to last most of the winter.Â And we saved some so their Grandpa could have corn on the cob for supper tonight.