How to freeze sweet corn without blanching the corn and requiring to cut corn off of hot cobs and instead making a simple sugar and salt brine to freeze the corn in is the way I grew up doing it. When I first moved to Indiana, I helped my husband's family freeze sweet corn. I was thrown completely off by the blanching of cob after cob of sweet corn and the cutting of kernels from hot cobs. It seemed crazy. And it was definitely not the way grandma did it. So, here is how to freeze sweet corn without blanching - AKA the cool way.
All this talk of freezing corn on my facebook feed is making me wish we had a sweet corn patch this year. Then my cousin even talked about freezing corn with our grandmother's recipe yesterday. And nothing triggers a memory of grandma like the sweet nectar of sweet corn. So, I thought I would share with all of you how to freeze sweet corn. The right way;)
Freezer Corn Brine Ingredients
The ingredients for freezing corn with a brine are simple.
How to Freeze Sweet Corn without Blanching
Let's start with what not to do - DO NOT BLANCHE YOUR CORN. Yes, I am yelling. Do not cook the corn on the cob or off the cob. There is no need to burn your fingers.
Start by cutting all the corn raw off the cob. Big bowls of raw sweet corn.
Once it is cut, put into freezer quart bags. Try to measure how much you are putting in. I usually do small bags of 2 cups (equivalent to a can of corn) or 3 cups.
The key is in the brine. A brine is one of my favorite things. I use meat brines all the time. The brine for freezer corn is 1 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of sugar to 1 teaspoon of salt. The corn-to-brine solution should be 2 cups of corn to ⅓-1/2 cup of brine. So, if you have around 10 cups of corn or five bags of sweet corn I would make a brine with 3 cups of water, 6 teaspoons of sugars, and 3 teaspoons of salt.
To make the brine, heat the water, sugar, and salt until all sugar and salt are dissolved.
Depending on the amount of sweet corn in each bag do a 4 corn to 1 brine ration. I recommend ⅓-1/2 cup of brine to two cups of corn. Add the brine to freezer bags. Seal. Freeze.
Freezing sweet corn without cooking it is always more fun with friends. I loved being able to host corn freezing parties when we still grew over an acre of sweet corn.
Hint: The corn-to-brine solution for the best freezer corn should be 2 cups of corn to ⅓-1/2 cup of brine.
Equipment for Freezing Sweet Corn
Looking for the supplies to get your freezer corn made and in the freezer? I have you covered. Here are all the supplies you need in my food preservation list.
Fresh Sweet Corn Recipes
How to freeze sweet corn
- 10 cups sweet corn cut off the cob
- 3 cups water
- 6 teaspoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons salt
- Place two cups of corn in quart-sized freezer bags.
- Heat water and add salt and sugar. When salt and sugar are dissolved, remove from the heat.
- Pour ½ cup of brine in each bag of corn.
- Place in freezer immediately.
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