Friday, August 21, 2009

That's Corny

"What in the heck am I supposed to do with 5 dozen ears of corn??" I asked Freedom Writer (aka, my husband).

"I thought you could freeze it", he replied.

Seems he got a good deal on corn on the cob while he was on a job in the city. Apparently, produce trucks drive around the city streets calling out, "get your produce here!", kinda like the ice cream trucks that drive around ringing their bells awaiting the anxious rush of kids to purchase a cool treat. Many city dwelling families wait patiently in line to get a good bargain from these produce trucks. The trucks also deliver fresh produce to the many city restaurants and farmer's markets. Freedom Writer happened to be in the right place at the right time and he was able to purchase 5 dozen ears of sweet country corn for $18 bucks.

Even though we live in the country, I am no farm girl. Not that there is anything wrong with women who work on a farm, but it is definitely not for me. I have never cut corn from the cob and froze it before, until now. Of course, I had to research the process of freezing corn and all the while my husband snickered and teased that it isn't that hard to do. And really, it isn't hard, just time consuming. Do I seem like a girl with alot of free time?

After my research, I concluded that it would be quicker to shuck the corn from the cob first and then blanch it. Mom graciously offered to help with the process - thanks Mom! Here are a few pics of us "silver queens" working up a sweat in the heat of summer, huskin', shuckin', blanchin', baggin' and freezin' some sweet corn! (I referred to this link for the complete process of freezing corn.) In the end, we ended up with 15 bags of corn in less than 3 hours time! Yippee!

Basket of husked corn

Mom cleaning the silk from corn

Church Lady shucking the corn

Blanching the corn

Allowing the corn to cool on cookie sheets

Freezer bags of corn


Quilly said...

Of course you know you could have dipped them all in a 20 second boiling water bath then froze them right on the cob? However, that takes a lot of freezer space.

It is hard work to freeze corn, but you'll love it all winter long. To stop freezer burn and help the corn stay "fresh" longer, you might want to package those small bags in larger (gallon-sized freezer bags. After they're frozen, put as many smaller bags as possible in a larger bag.

Janis said...

Yep it is work n time consuming, but like Quilly will be loving it come winter. You forgot to say how good it taste also.

Faye said...

What a "smug" freezer you'll have this winter, Church Lady! Nothing more delicious that home frozen corn when farm stands and gardens are just a fond memory of summer.


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