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How to Freeze Corn

Learn how to freeze corn both on and off the cob. Use the best and freshest ingredient all year long.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Freezing Corn, Freezing Fresh Corn, Frozen Corn

Equipment

  • Freezer Bags (Ziplock are my favorite)

Materials

  • Corn as much as you want to freeze

Instructions

Method #1: How to Freeze Corn on the Cob

  • Get a freezer bag ready for corn. 
    Be sure to label and add an expiration date. (Today’s date plus 6-9 months.)
    You can use a permanent marker to label the bag or find a printable freezer label online. 
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    While you wait for the water to boil be sure to clean and shuck your corn on the cob so it is ready once the water is boiling. 
  • Place corn on the cob into boiling water.
    Place corn on the cob into boiling water and boil for 2-3 minutes. This is known as blanching and will help with flavor and texture when using corn out of the freezer. 
  • Place corn in ice bath to stop cooking. 
    We are going to be freezing the corn on the cob so we want to stop the cooking. Since your corn is on the cob it can retain a lot of heat and this could leave an undesirable texture as the corn both cools and freezes at the same time. 
  • Dry Corn and wrap in plastic wrap. 
    Give each corn on the cob an extra seal with plastic wrap. Makes them easy to pull out after being frozen. 
  • Place wrapped corn in labeled gallon freezer bags.
    Be sure to seal bags of corn on the cob by removing as much air as possible. That’s it your’e done. Good job!

Method #2: How to Freeze Corn off the Cob

  • Get a freezer bag ready for corn. 
    Be sure to label and add an expiration date. (Today’s date plus 6-9 months.)
    You can use a permanent marker to label the bag or find a printable freezer label online. 
  • Peel corn if they still have husks on. 
    Shuck your corn and drop them into a large pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. This is known as blanching the corn. It is like cooking it majority of the way so the food is clean and ready to use or freeze. But we are not over cooking so it doesn’t get mushy. 
  • While corn cools get a baking sheet with parchment paper ready.
    We will be flash freezing the corn once you cut it off the cob. This will keep us from having a large frozen chunk of corn and keep the kernels individual. Makes it soooo much easier to use when you need it. 
  • Remove and let cool. (Be careful, corn will be hot!)
    Once corn is cool cut kernels off the cob and spread out onto baking sheet.
  • Flash freeze for 2 hours.
    Let corn flash freeze for 2 hours. Do not go longer than that as corn may start to develop freezer burn. 
  • Break up corn and place in a freezer bag. 
    Break up the corn, it may not be 100% frozen but that is alright. We wanted to get an initial freeze on the kernels to keep them individual and from developing into one mushy blob. 

Method #3: How to Freeze Corn on the Cob in the Husk

  • Get a freezer bag ready for corn.
    Label and add an expiration date onto the gallon bags for freezing your corn on the cob in husks. This will ensure your corn stays fresh as long as possible in your freezer. Corn on the cob in husks should stay good for 6-9 months. (If you see freezer burn I would use quickly or get rid of the corn as it is near expiring).
  • Optional: Wrap your corn with husks on in plastic wrap.
    I like to do this for an extra seal to keep in as much freshness as possible. 
  • Add corn to freezer bags.
    Now add your whole corn into the labeled freezer bags and your’e good to go. Be sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag. The toss in the freezer and enjoy your day.