If we could enjoy sweet corn recipes all year long, we would! But everyone knows that fresh corn season peaks during the summer, so what are we to do the rest of the year? If you think your days of fresh corn casserole and corn fritters are over, think again! You can savor the flavor of sweet summer corn throughout the year—just so long as you know how to freeze corn on the cob!
That's right—just like you can freeze tomatoes or freeze summer squash, corn is a seasonal veggie that's easily frozen. The key is to get the freshest corn possible during the peak sunny season, so it's at its best when you freeze it. Head to the farmers' market and look for corn that’s firm with a bright green husk and silk strands that aren't dried out. Then, you'll need to know how to shuck and boil corn. But don't worry, we've broken down the method in four easy steps so anyone can do it!
The best part about freezing corn on the cob is that it will last about six to nine months in the freezer, so you won't have to be without fresh corn for long. When you're ready to use it, just give the corn a quick boil to heat it up and try Ree Drummond's bacon-wrapped corn!
How do you freeze corn on the cob?
Step 1: Shuck the corn.
Remove the husks and silks from the corn, then snap off any long ends for easier storage.
Step 2: Blanch the corn.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add the corn on the cob and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the ears from the water, then submerge them in a bowl filled with ice water to shock them, or to stop them from cooking.
Step 3: Drain and let cool.
Lay the corn on the cob out on a paper towel–lined baking sheet to drain. It is important that your corn is dry and cooled before you freeze it so ice crystals don't form, which might make the corn soggy when you reheat it later. You can place the baking sheet in the fridge for about 30 minutes to speed up the cooling process or just let the corn cool to room temperature on the counter if you have the time.
Step 4: Wrap and freeze.
Tightly wrap the cooled corn on the cob individually in plastic wrap and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Be sure to squeeze out any air before sealing! Store the bags of corn in the freezer—your corn on the cob will keep for six to nine months! When you're ready to use, just boil the corn for a few minutes to heat through.
Can I freeze uncooked corn on the cob?
While it might sound easier to freeze uncooked corn on the cob, it’s not recommended. The process of boiling and blanching the corn first is the absolute best way to prepare your corn for the freezer. That's because this method will preserve the bright color and sweet flavor. It only takes a couple of minutes, but the extra steps will prevent the corn from becoming chewy or mushy when you defrost it.
If you want to freeze corn kernels instead, the same recommendation for cooking the corn first applies. Simply follow steps 1 to 3 above, then cut the corn off the cob and place the kernels in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
Do I need to blanch corn on the cob before freezing?
Yes, it's the best method. Blanch the corn (see directions above) before freezing so the corn retains its crisp texture. Most frozen veggies you buy at the grocery store have been blanched, then flash-frozen to preserve their flavor and texture.
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). Plus, it will keep them from drying out.