Leanne and I picked the corn in our garden yesterday morning and got it into the freezer. I only planted 1 ½ rows of corn but was pretty happy with the amount of ears I have ended up with. We have had corn on the cob for dinner a few times now, plus I ended up with 5 gallon size bags of corn (each bag holds about 7 ears of corn) and there is still some corn on the stalks that should ripen up here in the next week or so and provide us with another couple of dinners worth.
I took some pictures to show how I prepare corn on the cob for the freezer. Leanne and I went down to the garden early (before the yellow jackets were out.. we have had a terrible year with wasps around here!). We picked a laundry basket full of ears….
Leanne and Isaac laid newspapers on the dining room floor and started shucking the corn (the goats got all the corn husks and they loved the treat! :).
While they did that I cleaned up the kitchen, got my large pot out and started water boiling so we could blanch the corn.
Fresh veggies need to be blanched first before freezing. Vegetables have enzymes in them that will cause them to go soft while in the freezer. Cooking them for a short period of time and then cooling them off quickly before freezing is how you stop this enzyme process and keep your veggies in good shape while the sit in the freezer.
I also pulled out my little blanching basket. I have had this for years, not even sure where I bought it at, but love this thing. The basket part of it collapses. You set it in a pot of water and add your veggies or fruit so they can sit in boiling water and when the time is up you pull them out by the handles. I have used it to blanch all kinds of veggies and used it to dip peaches for peeling and canning, tomatoes for peeling, etc.. I placed the basket inside my pot of water that was heating up.
I also washed the sink and got out a bag of ice. I filled the sink with ice water.
And got the zip lock bags out…
By this time the kids had enough corn ready for us to get started…
If the ears of corn are on the longer side I break them in half because I found long ago that I could get more pieces into a gallon size bag this way. So here is the first batch ready to go…
The water was boiling and it was time to add the corn…
I waited until the water was boiling again and then started my timer for 7 minutes. When the 7 minutes were up it was time to pull the corn out and put it in my sink full of ice water to cool down quickly….
I let them cool for 8 to 10 minutes and then bagged them up….
We just kept the process going with the rest of the corn and in no time we were done!!