DIY Corn on the Cob
Price Chopper has a great sale going on until 5/08/2012 on “Peaches & Cream Sweet Corn,” $0.25 a piece (limit 8). This was a great deal to take advantage of so I picked up eight for $2.00, went home and decided to make my own corn on the cob. Below, shows you how I did it.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Fresh corn on the cob (I used peaches & cream sweet corn).
- 1 Large pot of boiling water
- Vacuum food sealer or “ziploc” type freezer bags ( I used ziploc bags along with the ziploc handheld vacuum)
- 1 large bowl filled with ice cold water.
To get started you need Fresh Corn on the Cob.
Husk the Corn by removing the outer layer and removing as much of the silk as you can.
Rinse the Corn to remove the rest of the silk.
Place the corn in boiling hot water and blanch for 5 to 7 minutes. Blanching the corn is a treatment the corn goes through to destroy enzymes that break down the flavors and nutrients in frozen items.
Cool the corn quickly to prevent overcooking. It’s best cool it as soon as you finish blanching the corn. Let the corn sit in the ice cold water for about 7 minutes.
Label your bags and vacuum seal the Corn. I always label items according to the date that I put them in the freezer. This way helps ensure that I go through the older items first. I also label my bags before I put anything in them because it’s easier to write on a flat surface than a bulky bag. I always use a black sharpie marker to write with because it’s permanent and easier to read.
I used Ziploc bags for the corn and the Ziploc handheld vacuum to seal the bags. You can use regular freezer bags, just make sure you get as much air out of the bag as you can. You can also wrap each cob with saran wrap first, then place it in the freezer bag. It comes down to what works best for you.
You can get as creative as you want when bagging the corn. I like my corn to be on the cob. Some people cut the kernels off the cob and freeze it (this method makes the corn last longer). It’s all really up to you.
I bagged four pieces whole and the other four I cut into smaller pieces. I also added butter to a few of the smaller cobs, so when I cook my corn, it will have the buttery flavor I like.
When I’m ready to cook my corn I’ll take it out of the freezer, pop it in boiling water for a few minutes and enjoy! (This process didn’t take long and it was cheaper than a 4 pack of corn at the grocery store. I have more corn and it’s healthier because it’s fresh and I know whats in it).