This freezer corn recipe is just like a famous canning company that ships corn worldwide. If you are new to canning and preserving food from your garden, freezing is an easy way to preserve food for future use. This is a recipe that my aunt has been making for years. Only recently did my mom and I find out the secret recipe.
Freeze the corn in late summer and enjoy fresh-tasting sweet corn anytime throughout the year.
Preserving the Fall Bounty from the Garden
We just love sweet corn season. When you live in the country and are lucky enough to have neighboring farmers that plant a few rows of sweet corn in with their field corn, we take advantage of the plentiful bounty.
However, there is only so much corn a person can eat. Therefore, we freeze this for another day.
This recipe was given to my mom by my cousin. My aunt got the recipe from a friend that worked at a large canning company, and she has taught her daughters how to make this. They usually have one day that they spend together to get enough freezer bags made for 5 families to use year-round.
Now that I know how to make this, I can share the recipe with you.
Ingredients in Freezer Corn
Fresh Picked Corn: Make sure that the corn is fresh. Look for good color and plump looking kernels. Choose a sweet corn that you enjoy the taste. There are so many varieties to choose from; white, yellow, white, and yellow combination. Personally, I like white and yellow corn varieties like Honey and Pearl or Peaches and Cream. Stay away from corn cobs that have dents in the kernels is they are already starting to dry out.
Use real butter. When eating fresh boiled corn on the cob, I always add real butter. Adding the butter to the mixture makes the freezer corn richer and gives it amazing flavor.
combine this with the sugar, salt, and sweet corn and you have a delicious side dish.
Granulated Sugar: Sugar adds just a bit more sweetness to the corn. Just a little goes a long way in this recipe, and it seems to help the corn freeze better too.
Iodized Table Salt: The salt adds an extra flavor to the corn, just like the sugar does. A little goes a long way. Use the exact amount or it will affect the freezing point. Further since this is already salted, there is no need to season with salt when reheating.
How to Freeze Corn, Step-by-Step Instructions
Freezing corn off the cob is easy with the hardest parts being the shucking of the corn husk and cutting the corn kernels off the cob.
If you are lucky, you will have helpers and this part will go fast. When a group of us gets together we have lots of fun while we work. Then everyone gets their freezer bags to take home and pack away in their freezer.
Step 1. The first step is tearing away the outside husk and removing the silk from the kernels.
Step 2. Cut the corn kernels off the cob. Here are a few tips to help you get this done with east and less mess. Place a cutting board or plate inside a large baking sheet. The sheet pan will help catch any juices and the kernels that take flight.
Step 3. Mix the water, melted butter, sugar, and salt until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
Step 4. Put the corn and the liquid mixture in a 9 X 13 baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Stirring about every 15 minutes.
Step 5. Cool. Ladle the corn and some juice into labeled freezer bags or other airtight storage container.
Step 6. Lay bags flat and stack on top of each other in the freezer.
FAQ’s About Freezing Sweet Corn
How to Store Freezer Corn?
Store the corn in an airtight freezer container or a freezer bag. At our house, we use freezer bags as we feel that they take up less room. We lay the bags flat to freeze as they will stack on top of one another to save room in the freezer.
How to Freeze Corn on the Cob?
Remove the husk and silk from the corn cobs and place 2-4 in a plastic freezer bag. Label the bag and place in the freezer. The corn will last up to 12 months when frozen.
Can You Freeze Corn Without Cooking It First?
Yes, it can be frozen on the cob and cut off the cob. Just place in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. This uncooked corn will last up to 12 months in the freezer. When using, just cook thoroughly as it is not blanched or pre-cooked prior to freezing.
Reheat Methods for Frozen Corn
Once this corn is frozen, it can be heated and eaten just as is or added to other recipes as needed.
The corn will heat faster if it is thawed before cooking; however, it is not necessary.
Here are a few recipes that this sweet corn side dish would be perfect for.
Slow cooker beef tips with gravy is pure comfort food and this corn would be a delicious side.
Smoked pork chops just take minutes to make and by the time that the corn is heated through this will make an easy weeknight meal that the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Here are two methods that we use to heat the corn.
Microwave. This is probably the most used way in our house. Just place in a microwave safe container and microwave on high 2-3 minutes. Stirring after each minute. This time will depend on the amount of corn you are heating.
Stove Top. Use a saucepan to heat the corn. I generally use medium-high heat and stir every few minutes. This will help distribute the corn and will help it heat up without burning the corn on the bottom.
How Many Ears of Corn Make One Cup?
When cutting the corn off the cob, each cob will yield approximately ¾ of a cup of corn kernels.
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- 10 Cups Corn
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Butter Melted
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- Cut the corn off the cob “raw”. Place in a large mixing bowl. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix the water, melted butter, sugar, and salt until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
- Put the corn and the liquid mixture in a 9 X 13 baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Stirring about every 15 minutes.
- Cool. Ladle the corn and some juice into labeled freezer bags or other airtight storage container.
- Lay bags flat and stack on top of each other in the freezer.