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How To Freeze Sweet Corn

a few ears of bicolor corn; part of the husks have been removed to reveal the juicy kernels.

Few things signal summer like the first bite of locally grown sweet corn. Whether you can it, freeze it, cook with it, or just enjoy it fresh off the cob, corn makes the ideal summer side dish. To freeze sweet corn for later, here are three easy methods.

Freeze corn on the cob with the husks

Do NOT wash the corn or peel any part of the husk. Simply place entire ears in freezer bags and freeze up to 4 months. When ready to use, remove the husk and cook the ears frozen.

Blanching and freezing ears whole

Shuck and de-silk the corn. Fill a large pot with water (no salt) and bring to a boil. Add the shucked ears and boil for 3-4 minutes. Immediately plunge corn into a large bowl filled with ice eater. Cool for 5 minutes. Gently pat corn dry and place on a cookie sheet to freeze until firm. Store ears in freezer bags for up to 6 months.

Freeze corn off the cob

Blanch corn using the directions above. Once cool, hold cob vertically on a cutting board and cut the kernels downward. Place corn kernels in a freezer bag or container. Freeze up to 6 months.

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