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How to Freeze Corn (on the Cob and Kernels)

Learning how to freeze corn (both on the cob and kernels) is an amazing way to save fresh, sweet corn for use all year round! In this guide, we've included methods for freezing corn on the cob, uncooked kernels, and cooked kernels, for pretty much any situation.
Course Basics, Meal Prep
Cuisine Vegetables
Keyword freezer meal, meal planning, vacuum seal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 77kcal

Equipment

  • Sealable freezer bags
  • Large pot (if cooking corn)
  • Large bowl (for ice bath, if cooking corn)
  • Tongs (if cooking corn)
  • Baking sheet (if cooking corn)
  • Plastic wrap (if cooking corn)
  • Cutting board or large bowl (if cutting off kernels)
  • Sharp knife (if cutting off kernels)

Ingredients

  • fresh ears of corn
  • ice and water for ice bath

Instructions

To Freeze Corn on the Cob

  • Remove corn husks and silks. Fill large pot approximately half full with water and set over medium heat. Fill large bowl with ice and water to create ice bath and set aside.
  • Once water starts to boil, add peeled ears of corn and cook approximately 3 to 4 minutes, turning corn every 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer corn from boiling water to ice bath using tongs. Let corn soak in ice bath approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
    Ears of corn in ice bath in large bowl
  • Remove corn from ice bath and pat completely dry. Set dried corn on baking sheet, then place baking sheet in freezer for 1 to 2 hours, until corn is frozen.
  • Remove baking sheet from freezer and tightly wrap ears of corn in plastic wrap. Place wrapped corn in sealable plastic freezer bag. Seal almost completely and press out any air, then seal completely and return corn to freezer.
    Ears of corn in freezer bag

To Freeze Uncooked Corn Kernels

  • Remove corn husks and silks.
  • Hold ear of corn vertically, with bottom end against cutting board or bottom of large bowl, and top end held firmly in non-cutting hand. Using sharp knife, cut raw kernels off corn cob. Start at top end, as close to cob as possible, and slice straight down to cutting board or bowl.
  • Break up any large sections of kernels with hands. Transfer loose kernels into sealable freezer bags. Seal bags almost completely then squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal completely and place in freezer.
    Uncooked kernels in freezer bag

To Freeze Cooked Corn Kernels

  • Remove corn husks and silks. Fill large pot approximately half full with water and set over medium heat. Fill large bowl with ice and water to create ice bath and set aside.
  • Once water starts to boil, add peeled ears of corn and cook approximately 3 to 4 minutes, turning corn every 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Transfer corn from boiling water to ice bath using tongs. Let corn soak in ice bath approximately 2 to 3 minutes, until cool to touch.
    Ears of corn in ice bath in large bowl
  • Hold ear of corn vertically, with bottom end against cutting board or bottom of large bowl, and top end held firmly in non-cutting hand. Using sharp knife, cut cooked kernels off corn cob. Start at top end, as close to cob as possible, and slice straight down to cutting board or bowl.
  • Break up any large sections of kernels with hands. Transfer loose kernels into sealable freezer bags. Seal bags almost completely then squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal completely and place in freezer.
    Cooked corn kernels in freezer bag

Notes

  • To save space in the freezer, store the corn flat.
 
This method works for any amount of corn. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 ear of corn. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands, types, and size of corn used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ear of corn | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 15g