How to Freeze Corn

We found a local farmer who has the most delicious sweet corn.  I decided I wanted some year round, so it was time to learn how to freeze corn.  I bought a bushel of corn which is about 70 ears.  We ate and shared more than half of it and froze the rest.

Freezing corn is not a difficult process.  You will need to “blanch” it before freezing it.  This means you need to cook the corn a bit to stop the enzymes from breaking down the corn while in storage.



What you’ll need:

Vegetable Brush
Large Bowl
Lots of Ice (You may want to buy a bag if you are freezing several dozen ears)
Bundt Pan
Sharp Knife
Freezer Bags

1. Shuck and brush the corn

Go ahead and remove the corn husks and as much of the silk as you can.  Use a soft vegetable brush to brush off more of the silks.  Don’t drive yourself crazy here.  A few silks isn’t going to hurt anything.

2. Prep your pan and bowl

Fill a large stockpot 2/3 full with water.  Bring to a hard boil.

Get a large bowl of water and fill it 2/3 full with very icy water.

3. Blanch the corn

Place several ears of corn in the pot and cover with a lid.  Cook 4 to 6 minutes.  Please note that your water should return to a boil within 1 minute.  If it is not returning to a boil within a minute you are adding too many ears of corn.

4. Cool the corn

Plunge the ears of corn into ice water.  Keep the ears submerged for 4 to 6 minutes.  Add more ice as needed.

5. Cut the corn

Stick the ear of the corn in the center of a bundt pan and cut the corn off the cob.  The kernels will fall into the bowl.

6. Bag the corn

I filled quart size freezer bags with approximately 4 cups of corn each.  Squeeze out as much air as you can and seal the bags.  Label the bags and pop them in the freezer.

7. Enjoy!

Your corn does not need to be cooked.  Just warm it to your liking.  It is fabulous in this Fresh Summer Corn Salad.

Photo Credit: Danielle Scott

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8 Responses to “How to Freeze Corn”

  1. Jill says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this instructive post at FAT TUESDAY! I hope to see you next week!

  2. HUGS & COOKIES XO says:


  3. With so many folks returning to preserving food, this is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  4. Good tutorial! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Alea Milham says:

    thank you for sharing your tutorial with the Hearth and soul Hop. I wish my garden produced enough corn for me to put it to use!

  6. Bibi says:

    I never froze corn. I always buy it frozen and I think I need to go and buy some fresh corn at the fruit stand next door and freeze it. My kids love corn and I am pretty sure this is so much better then the grocery store frozen corn.

    Thank you so much for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday. I hope you can join us again today with another great recipe.

  7. Jess says:

    Oh my gosh! It’s so much easier to cut it off the cob before blanching! I’ve converted many a friend/family member and they all agree!