Find three ways to freeze corn, the pros and cons of each, and which may work best for you: unblanched on the cob, unblanched cut kernels and blanched cut kernels – plus get ideas on the best ways to cook with them.
Since publishing how to freeze green beans without blanching and then freezing snap peas without blanching, many readers have asked about freezing corn without blanching as well. So I’ve been experimenting for the last year to see how we liked our corn when frozen, trying a couple of different ways to freeze corn. The results?
You can freeze corn without blanching first, but it’s not as clear-cut as green beans – I actually found I like to have corn in the freezer that’s been preserved three different ways: cut off the cob, both raw and cooked, as well as a few whole ears of unbalanched corn. Any way you decide to do it, having corn in the freezer that’s been frozen at the height of flavor is a wonderful thing! (affiliate links are included in this post where appropriate)
Three Ways to Freeze Corn
1. Unblanched Whole Cobs.
This is the easiest and quickest method:
- Shuck, add to freezer bags, extract air, and toss in the freezer.
Pro: It takes literally minutes, which is why there’s always a few corn cobs in our freezer.
Cons: The cobs aren’t as easy to use as cut kernels in recipes or to sauté. And the cooked corn on the cob, while picture-perfect (right photo above) and fun to have in the depths of winter, is a little chewy and watery.
Best way to cook frozen whole cobs*:
- Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Drop frozen ears of corn into boiling water.
- Cook for 3-5 minutes or until done to your liking.
*A reader suggested this cooking method as a way to keep the cobs from getting soggy, and though we still found they were a bit watery, it is the best way to cook them I think.
For the next two ways to freeze corn, you’ll need to cut the corn off the ears and then add them to freezer containers:
Here are a couple tips I’ve learned when freezing kernels:
- I use quart-size freezer baggies rather than jars or containers, since I can get a lot of air out of them with a straw and they stack with little waste of space in the freezer.
- I’ve tried a lot of ways to minimize the mess when cutting the kernels off the cobs – regular cutting board, tube cake pan method, special corn cob cutters, etc. – but in the end I always return to my trusty over-the-sink cutting board with a drain/hole in one side. I can place a large bowl under the hole and simply slide the kernels into the bowl as I cut and since it’s over the sink, most of the mess is contained. Here are a couple examples on Amazon that are similar to mine:
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