How to Blanch and Freeze Corn

September 17, 2013 in Recipes by Anna

Stalk up on Corn! How to blanch and freeze corn! - Learn Like A Mom!

Learning to blanch and freeze corn is easier than you think! I’ll take you through the steps to get it done in today’s post. When corn is not in season, you will be so happy to find some tasty corn in your freezer…I promise! Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Blanch and Freeze Corn

Step One: Boil Water

In a large pot, heat some water. You may want to season the water with some salt. I don’t, but that’s up to you.

Step Two: Clean the Corn

I buy my corn from a local farm and when I get home, I take off the husks and pull away most of the ribbons. Then, I use a scrub brush (like the kind you scrub potatoes with) and gently scrub the corn under running water.


Step Three: Set up the Bowls and Grab a Knife

While the water is coming to a boil, you can get a sharp knife ready and invert a small bowl inside a larger one as shown. You will also need to set up a large bowl and fill it with cold water and lots of ice.

inverted bowls

Step Four: Boil the Corn

You will boil the corn for 6-8 minutes. You don’t want to overcrowd the pot, so depending on how much corn you have, you may want to do this and the following steps in batches.

boil corn

Step Five: Ice the Corn

When blanching, you boil in hot water and then plunge into ice cold water! So, in this step, you will quickly move the corn from the boiling pot of water over to another bowl filled with cold water and ice cubes and allow it to chill so you can handle it.

blanch corn

Step Six: Dry the Corn

Once you can handle the corn, place it on some paper towels to allow it to dry.

dry corn

Step Seven: Cut the Corn Kernels off the Cob

Place a corn cob on the smaller bowl that is inside the larger one. Hold it steadily as you cut down the side of the cob with a sharp knife.

set up corn

As you cut down the cob, the kernels will fall into the larger bowl.

cut corn kernels

Once you are done, you can simple remove the smaller bowl from the larger one and get rid of the knife.

corn kernels

Optional Step Eight: Pre-Freeze the Corn

You can lay the corn kernels out on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer for a few hours. Then you can transfer it to a plastic freezer bag. Some people do this to keep the kernels separated a bit more while they are in the freezer. I just skip to step nine.

Step Nine: Bag the Corn for the Freezer

Scoop the corn into a plastic freezer bag. Label and date it. As you can see, I took the time to weigh my bags before laying them in the freezer. Laying them takes up less space and it’s easier to keep your freezer organized than just plopping them in the freezer. You may also save the cobs and use them to flavor soups throughout the year. Again, just label the freezer bag with the date and contents so you’re not guessing what sort of mystery meal is in your freezer!

freeze corn

Do you have any freezer tips or a special treat you like to make with fresh or frozen corn?