Freezing Corn and Berries

| 6/30/2016 9:50:00 AM

Tags: freezing, corn, berries, food preservation, food storage, food security, Celeste Longacre, New Hampshire,

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Freezing fruit and produce is one of the easiest ways to preserve the bounty for the colder months. Corn is especially yummy to pull out of the freezer during the winter as it can maintain its sweet fresh-picked goodness if done right. And, it's really easy to do.

Corn needs to be grown in a large stand to germinate well. Unlike many other crops, it isn't pollinated by the bees, but by the wind. Each silk coming out of the top leads directly down to a kernel so every strand needs to be pollinated individually.

After it is picked, it only takes 6 hours to turn from a sugar into a starch. That's why so many corn dishes eaten at restaurants taste starchy. But if you can get it into the freezer quickly, it keeps its sweet, sugary flavor.

Freezing Corn

I go to my local organic farm to be there when they open at 9am. I always ask if the corn is today's and they always answer "yes." So, I buy about 2½ dozen (they give 13 for a dozen) and head home.

7/19/2016 1:40:20 PM

We like our corn frozen instead of canned We cut it off the cob then fully cook it and put it up in pint boxes so it will stack well in the freezer. When we want some to go with a meal all we have to do is warm it up.

7/19/2016 9:21:10 AM

I blanch mine for 5 minutes and then plunge then into ice water and let cool and drain completely. I then wrap each cob in freezer paper and place into freezer bags whole. A little bit of summer in the winter, yay...!

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