Mrs. Korpak popped in the other day and has once again outdone herself. Just when I thought her corn couldn't get any sweeter, any juicier, couldn't possibly be anymore delicious, she has amazed me. The Korpaks' corn this year is, bar far, the best corn I have EVER eaten. Ever, ever, ever, yum!
But no matter how hard I try, a girl can't possibly eat three dozen ears of corn while they are at their peak of freshness (and boy, did we try). Even after giving quite a few away to our most recent visitors, we found we had more corn than we could reasonably handle, and it become apparent that it would have to be frozen.
Although relatively simple, I had never frozen fresh corn before. We usually eat our way through any and all fresh corn that comes our way (is there anything better??). Besides, I was under the impression that freezing corn is a lot of work (and to be honest, I wasn't totally mistaken, though it wasn't as bad as I thought). Once you get going though, you can get a couple dozen ears in the freezer in about two hours or so (and hey, you might be even faster than me- I'm not really known for speed! :)
Here are the steps:
First things first.... shuck the corn (remove husks). I grabbed a large cardboard box and shucked the corn on our back porch right over the box, to avoid a big clean-up later on (all those silky hairs could drive one mad if they ended up on the floor, on your shirt, in your dog's fur...trust me!). The more organic your corn is, the more likely you are to find bugs under those husks, as well, so outside is definitely an all-around better place to do this! When I was finished, I simply carried the box out to the compost and dumped all the husks there.
Next, blanch the corn (still on the cob) in a pot of boiling water for just a few minutes. I barely blanched ours, as it was so tender and juicy and fresh. The color of the kernels turns a brighter yellow almost instantly, and it's good to go.
Take the corn out of the boiling water and immediately immerse in ice water after blanching. This stops the corn from cooking any longer.
Now here's the time-consuming part (for me, at least): cutting the kernels off the cob. I seemed to have trouble finding the balance between cutting too much into the cob, and not cutting off enough of the kernel... but I guess after awhile I started to get the hang of it....
And lastly, after allowing the corn kernels to sit and dry just a bit, we packed them into quart-sized freezer bags.
And - yummo!- you are ready to enjoy fresh sweet corn all winter! I suppose the whole process has the potential to get a bit messy (think: renegade kernels flying wildly around the kitchen), but well worth the effort- especially if you remember the starchy, tasteless corn that seems to turn up in the grocery store mid-winter!