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Sweet freezer corn is a way to enjoy everything you love about hot buttered corn all year long! Freezing corn is so much easier than you think! We love serving it as a side dish, or adding it to soups, stews, casseroles, salads, etc!

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Sweet corn is also called corn on the cob, or corn off the cob. If you want to preserve all the yummy flavors of fresh corn on the cob, freezing sweet corn for later is the answer!

I have childhood memories of freezing corn. We lived in a place where it was too cold to grow. Friends from warmer climates used to share their bumper corn crops with us.

My brothers and I would husk the corn. My mom would boil the corn on the cob. Then she would cut it off the cob, put it in bags, and freeze it.

The most memorable part of the experience happened when my mom would turn around. We would grab pieces of corn that were in a big chunk, run and hide behind the couch, and savor it! I’m surprised that she actually had any corn left to freeze.

How many ears of corn does it take to make one cup of corn? About 3/4 a cup of corn kernels on each ear. About 11-12 ears of corn for this recipe.

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Ingredients in freezer corn

Justin’s great aunt shared this recipe with me many years ago and it’s the BEST freezer corn in the world! There are a few little things about this recipe that make it extra yummy!

(Video) How to Freeze Corn Kernels

  • Corn: Pick fresh corn ears that don’t have any brown spots on them. I like white and yellow corn varieties like Honey and Pearl or Peaches and Cream.
  • Sugar: Granulated. Yes, this recipe has sugar added to it! Some people think sweet freezer corn is sweet enough on its own. That might be true, but once you try it this way those extra calories will be worth it! I also think it helps the corn freeze a little better.
  • Salt: Regular iodized table salt. Use the exact amount or it will affect the freezing point. It adds extra flavor to the corn. We don’t need to salt when serving this recipe.
  • Butter: Use real butter. Adding a little butter to the mixture obviously makes the freezer corn richer and gives it amazing flavor!

How to freeze sweet corn – step-by-step instructions

Freezing corn off the cob is actually really easy! With this recipe, you don’t even need to know how to blanch corn because thank goodness that isn’t one of the steps!

Step 1: Husk corn. Clean the cobs to remove any silk that’s stuck on them.

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Step 2: Cut fresh kernels off the cob. See my tips below for the easiest way to do this.

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Step 3: Add raw corn kernels, water, sugar, salt, and butter to a large pot.

Step 4: Bring to a gentle boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 5: Let cool until about room temperature.

Step 6: Ladle corn and some juice in freezer containers or freezer bags.

Step 7: Lay bags flat and freeze.

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Tips on how to freeze corn off the cob

It seems like no matter how careful I think I’m being, I always make a huge mess when I freeze corn. Part of freezing corn is mopping the floor and cleaning up the sticky mess afterward! Here are a few little hacks that seem to help minimize it though!

  • Place the cutting board inside a large cookie sheet. The cookie sheet helps catch some of the flies away from corn kernels.
  • Some people place a corn cob in the hole of a bundt pan and slice it from there. The kernels are supposed to fall in the pan. I don’t have super great success with this method, but others do.
  • For this recipe cut the kernels from the cobs before cooking the corn. This is so much easier than cooking the corn cobs first. It’s easier to handle before it gets hot. More corn fits in the pan after it’s cut off too.
  • My boys do all the husking outside. At least that mess isn’t in the house!
  • Freezing corn really is easier with two people. It helps to have someone hold the bags while you add corn to them.
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FAQs about freezing sweet corn

  • How to store corn on the cob? In an airtight freezer container, or in a sealable freezer bag. Lay the bags flat, freeze them, then stack them to conserve freezer space.
  • How long can freezer corn be frozen? Up to one year in a deep freeze.
  • How long does corn on the cob last in the fridge? Up to three days.
  • What is the best variety of sweet corn? I plant peaches and cream, and white and yellow corn. Check out these other sweet corn seed varieties.
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How to cook frozen corn on the cob?

Corn can either be thawed in the fridge before cooking, or it can be cooked frozen. Here are three different ways to cook it!

  1. Microwave – Microwave thawed or frozen corn on high until warmed through. Time will vary depending on how much corn you’re cooking.
  2. Pressure Cooker– Add frozen corn and 1/2 a cup of water to the Instant Pot. Close seal. Cook on High Pressure for 4-5 minutes. It will take longer for bigger pieces of corn.
  3. Stove Top- Add thawed or frozen corn to a saucepan. Start cooking on medium heat. As it heats the juices will melt and you can start stirring occasionally. Cook until warmed through.
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Freezer Corn Recipes

Now that you know how to freeze fresh corn you’ll also want to know what to do with it! We love adding corn to soup, chili, warm dips, and salads, and eating as a side dish. Here are a few of our favorite recipes!

  • Warm Cream Cheese Corn Dip – serve with crackers or chips
  • Creamy Taco Soup – the BEST taco soup ever
  • Mexican Bean Dip – slow cooker appetizer
  • Slow Cooker Creamed Corn – easiest side dish
  • CrockPot Chicken Nachos – we love topping these with corn
  • Classic Slow Cooker Roast – serve with mashed potatoes and corn
  • Chicken Taco Pizza – with Doritos on top
  • Poolside Dip – skinny version
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Grab my Sweet Freezer Corn Recipe

Now that you know how to freeze fresh corn you need to head to the farmer’s market and grab some fresh sweet corn! Trust me, you’ll be so glad to have it in the freezer! It knocks the socks off of canned or store-bought corn! And

Sweet Freezer Corn Recipe

3.87 from 99 votes

Author Amy

(Video) Freezing 60 lb of sweet corn 2022

Course Freezing, Preserving, Side Dishes

Cuisine American

Servings 15 cups

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 1 hr

Seehow to freeze corn on the cobbecause there isn’t anything better than pulling a bag of sweet freezer corn out on winter days!Freezing cornis so much easier than you think!

Ingredients

  • 15 cups corn kernels
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup butter
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Instructions

  • Husk corn. Cleanthe cobs to remove any silk that’s stuck on.

  • Cut fresh kernels off the cob.

  • Add raw corn kernels, water, sugar, salt, and butter to a large pot.

  • Bring to a gentle boil. Simmer 10 minutes.

  • Let cooluntil about room temperature.

  • Ladle cornand some juicein freezer containersor freezer bags.

  • Lay bags flat andfreeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 975mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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FAQs

What is the best way to put corn on the cob in the freezer? ›

The best way to store corn on the cob in the freezer is to wrap the blanched, cooled ears individually in plastic wrap and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Wrapping the corn cobs individually first will prevent them from clumping together (in case you want to just pull out one at a time).

Does frozen corn on the cob need to be thawed before cooking? ›

How long does it take to cook frozen corn on the cob? Each method has a different cooking time, but cooking on the stove is the easiest preparation, as it takes just 5 minutes. Does frozen corn need to be thawed before cooking? No, it can be cooked straight from the freezer.

Can you freeze fresh corn on the cob without blanching? ›

Corn on the cob can be frozen whole, without blanching—you'll just be a little more limited when it comes time to cook it, as the corn is more likely to develop a chewy or mushy character.

How do you freeze corn on the cob with a FoodSaver? ›

Load the ears into a FoodSaver® bag or roll and vacuum seal them with your vacuum sealer. Vacuum sealed corn will stay fresh for over one year. This method will protect your cobs from freezer burn and keep them fresh for over a year - perfect for waiting out for the next harvest.

Does corn need to be boiled before freezing? ›

Blanching is a must

The natural enzymes in corn need to be inactivated before freezing to prevent both loss of color and nutrients, and flavor and texture changes. These enzymes are inactivated by a hot blanch treatment.

Can you put corn in the freezer with the husk on? ›

Place fresh corn on the cob with the husk in place in a plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, removing excess air. Use a marker to place a label and date on the bag. Store in freezer for up to 4 months.

Can you freeze uncooked corn on the cob? ›

If you don't cook your fresh-picked corn within a day or so, consider freezing corn, either on the cob or cut. That way you can enjoy the taste of summer even in the cold winter months.

Why is my frozen corn on the cob mushy? ›

This is because the process of blanching destroys enzymes that can change the flavor, texture, and even the color of vegetables, including corn, during their time in the freezer. Corn that has not been blanched before freezing can become chewy (and sometimes downright mushy) once it's thawed.

How do you keep frozen corn from getting mushy? ›

Natural enzymes in corn need to be inactivated before freezing to prevent the loss of color, nutrients, flavor and texture. Chilling in ice water prevents the corn from becoming mushy due to overcooking the starch.

Can you cut corn right off the cob and freeze it? ›

Freezing Method #2: Unblanched Corn Kernels

First, remove kernels from the cob. Once the kernels have been liberated from the cob, you can pop them in a freezer bag (or vacuum seal them if you're fancy), label and date them, and store them in the freezer for up to 12 months. And save your cobs too!

How long do you blanch corn to put in the freezer? ›

Corn-on-the-cob – Water blanch small ears (1¼ inches or less in diameter) 7 minutes, medium ears (1¼ to 1½ inches in diameter) 9 minutes and large ears (over 1½ inches in diameter) 11 minutes. Cool promptly and completely to prevent a "cobby" taste. Drain and package. Seal and freeze.

Can you vacuum seal and freeze corn on the cob without blanching? ›

Freezing corn on the cob can be done without blanching! Here's what you'll need to freeze corn on the cob: Fresh sweet corn. Freezer ziploc bags or vacuum sealed bags (or try these silicone reusable bags!)

Is vacuum sealing the best way to freeze food? ›

As Consumer Reports explains, a vacuum sealer can extend freshness and save you money when you're freezing food. Vacuum sealers help maintain the quality of frozen foods by limiting exposure to air. And that can help reduce waste.

Do you add water when freezing corn? ›

The trick to this is the brine. You'll mix up a brine of water, salt, and sugar (see the printable recipe card below for the amounts). Heat that just until the salt and sugar is dissolved, then scoop the corn kernels into a Ziploc freezer bag, add in some of the brine, seal the bags, label, and freeze!

Can you freeze corn on the cob without husking it? ›

To freeze corn on the cob without the husks:

Transfer the corn cobs to a baking sheet, then place the baking sheet in the freezer. Freeze for just 1 to 2 hours. Once firm, transfer the frozen corn cobs to freezer or vacuum bags. Label, date, and freeze for up to 6 months.

Is it better to store corn with the husk on or off? ›

Keeping the husk on the cobs helps to slow the drying-out that occurs once corn kernels are exposed. If you're planning to eat the corn in the next day or two, immediately put the unhusked, loose ears into your refrigerator to keep them fresh.

How do you prepare fresh corn for freezing? ›

Instructions
  1. Shuck and remove the husks from the sweet corn. Cut off any rotten or bad spots. ...
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. ...
  3. Once cooked, remove corn from water and place in cool water to stop cooking.
  4. Submerge the corn in ice water until completely chilled. ...
  5. Once chilled, cut corn off the cob.
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How do you keep corn on the cob crispy? ›

To store your corn, keep the husks on and only shuck it once you are ready to cook it, recommends Taste of Home. This way those sweet kernels won't become dry and lose the refreshing juiciness you love to sink your teeth into.

How do you cook corn after it's been frozen? ›

Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water at least halfway and bring to a boil.
  2. Add frozen corn, cover, and return to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, remove the cover and boil 5-7 minutes or until hot and the kernels are tender.
  4. Remove from the water and serve with butter and salt.

Can you vacuum seal corn on the cob to freeze? ›

Freeze the Corn on the Cob

Once you've properly vacuum sealed your corn on the cob, it's ready for the freezer. Place your bags in the freezer and your vacuum sealed corn will stay fresh without compromising the flavor and texture for up to 2 years.

Can you boil corn on the cob in a vacuum sealed bag? ›

Add a tablespoon of butter for every ear of corn and salt to taste. Vacuum seal the bag. Submerge the bag and weight down if necessary. Cook for 30 minutes (or up to 1 hour and 30 minutes.)

What is the best way to store corn on the cob before cooking? ›

Place the corn in a plastic produce bag.

Store the corn in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper to keep the corn from drying out. You can keep the bag open a little to promote air circulation. Corn can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.

What foods should be avoided when vacuum sealing? ›

Food Items That Should Not Be Vacuum Sealed
  • Raw Mushrooms. Due to their natural ripening process, fresh mushrooms may decay faster if vacuum sealed. ...
  • Fresh Bananas. Vacuum sealing fresh bananas can actually quicken their ripening time. ...
  • Raw Garlic & Onion. ...
  • Soft Cheeses. ...
  • Freshly Cooked Vegetables. ...
  • Whole Apples.
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What are the disadvantages of vacuum sealing food? ›

Some foods contain anaerobic bacteria, which can grow without the presence of air. Within a vacuum sealed pouch, with reduced oxygen, these bacteria will grow and may pose a risk to your health.

Can you vacuum seal with ziplock? ›

You can vacuum seal a Ziploc bag by dipping it in water,” he explained. He demonstrated by placing a bunch of berries in a Ziplock bag and then submerging it into a bowl of water. This technique works because the water pressure pushes all of the excess air out of the bag.

What happens if you don't blanch corn before freezing? ›

This is because the process of blanching destroys enzymes that can change the flavor, texture, and even the color of vegetables, including corn, during their time in the freezer. Corn that has not been blanched before freezing can become chewy (and sometimes downright mushy) once it's thawed.

How long do you blanch corn on the cob before freezing? ›

Corn on the Cob

Blanching corn is an important step in the freezing process. To blanch, put several ears of corn into a gallon of boiling water. Blanching time starts when the water returns to a boil. Blanch small ears for 7 minutes, medium ears for 9 minutes and large ears for 11 minutes.

Can I freeze raw corn on the cob? ›

If you don't cook your fresh-picked corn within a day or so, consider freezing corn, either on the cob or cut. That way you can enjoy the taste of summer even in the cold winter months.

Why put milk in the water for corn on the cob? ›

Boiling corn on the cob brings out its natural sweetness. But if you want an even juicier and sweeter crisp-tender bite, swap out some of the water for milk. The milk enhances the flavor and texture. It also infuses the corn on the cob with milk and butter, resulting in salty, buttery kernels.

How long do you boil corn on the cob for freezing? ›

Boil for 6 minutes. Don't wait for the water to come back to a boil before starting the timer. You only need to blanch the corn, not fully cook it. Remove cobs and place them into a big bowl of ice water for a few minutes.

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