Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How to freeze corn

This summer I've been very interested in freezer fresh organic fruits and vegetables for our winter use. After checking several websites, I decided that this approach gets the best flavor of our produces after they are frozen. If you want to freeze some corn, here are some tips that may help you to do it!


Ingredients and Equipment Needed:

6 fresh corn on the cob
1 Large pot of boiling water
1 Large pot of iced water
Vacuum food sealer, 1 quart plastic containers for frozen food or "Ziploc" type freezer bags
1 sharp knife
1 set of tongs

Directions:

1. Husk the corn and pick off as much of the silk as you can. A soft vegetable brush is the fastest and easiest way to get the remaining silk off - just don't be too rough with it.

2. Get the pot filled ¾ full with hot water, put it on your largest burner (or straddle two burners) and get it heating to a full rolling boil. Next, get the other pot or big bowl filled with ice and cold water. You may need to buy a bag or two of ice if you are planning to do more than a dozen ears of corn.

3. Begin counting the blanching time as soon as you place the corn in the boiling water. Cover the kettle and boil at a high temperature for 4 minutes. You may use the same blanching water several times (up to 5). Be sure to add more hot water from the tap from time to time to keep the water level at the required height.

Blanching time varies depending on the type of frozen corn you are making: cut-whole kernel,cream style or corn-on-the-cob: between 4 to 6 minutes.



4. After vegetables are blanched, cool them quickly to prevent overcooking. Plunge the corn into a large quantity of ice-cold water (I keep adding more ice to it). A good rule of thumb: Cool for the same amount of time as the blanch step. For
instance, if you blanch sweet corn for 4 minutes, then cool in ice water for 4 minutes.



5. Cut kernels from cob about 2/3 the depth of the kernels. I hold the ear by the
small end, and slide the knife down the ear.



6. Bag the corn. You can use a vacuum food sealer to prevent freeze burn. Otherwise, make sure you get all the air out of your bags or plastic containers. Label your packages and freeze immediately.

2 comments:

ANGELICA BERTIN said...

FELIZ 18 FELIZ DÍA DE NUESTRA PATRIA CHILE
Que disfrutes de un hermoso día patriótico
VIVA CHILE

The Shulls said...

Amiga linda!! Feliz Bicentenario para ti tambien!! Que pases un fin de semana espectacular!! Viva Chile mi alma!!