Learn how to freeze this summertime staple so it lasts all year.

By Melanie Fincher
January 24, 2020
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Corn on the cob is a staple at summer cookouts, potlucks, and of course Memorial Day celebrations. But whether you stocked up at the store or picked your own corn this season, what do you do with all that leftover corn on the cob? Freeze it of course. As summer draws to a close, corn continues to be a staple in every kitchen. This simple method makes freezing and reheating whole corn cobs easy. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to freeze corn on the cob.

How to Freeze Corn on the Cob

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Fresh corn on the cob
  • A large pot
  • Tongs
  • A large bowl of ice water
  • Plastic wrap
  • A plastic bag
  • A marker

Instructions:

  1. Shuck the corn. Start with fresh corn on the cob. Remove the husk and silk, you may need to use a soft vegetable brush (like this $6 Amazon bestseller) to remove the remaining silk.
  2. Blanch the corn. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a roaring boil. Using a pair of tongs, add the corn cobs to the pot and boil for 4 minutes. Blanching helps to destroy the enzymes that break down the corn with time. This way you preserve the flavor and sweetness.
  3. Shock the corn. To prevent overcooking, quickly plunge the corn into a bowl of ice water to shock them. Cool them for about 4 minutes, or however long you blanched them for.
  4. Bag the corn. Wrap each cob in plastic wrap and place them in a ziplock. Use a marker to label the date you froze them. Frozen corn on the cob is good for up to 12 months when frozen. Eat the older ones first!
  5. Place the corn in the freezer. You’re done!

How to Reheat Frozen Corn on the Cob

Frozen corn can go straight from the freezer to the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes or a pot of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. Overcooking corn, either when blanching or reheating, can lead to a mushy result. You simply want to cook it long enough for it to reach the appropriate temperature.

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