What You Need
- chef's knife or serrated knife
- cutting board
- freezer bag
Follow These Steps
Choose a plump ear of corn
Start by choosing ears of corn that are firm to the touch. Loose husks are a hint that the kernels have dried and shrunk and won’t be the freshest.
Tip: If the market allows you to peek inside the husks, make sure there are no dried-out kernels. And feel for sticky silks, which indicate freshly-picked ears.
Trim the bottom of the ear
Place a cutting board in a sheet board to trap the kernels. Trim the ear’s wide end so it’ll be stable to stand upright for the next step.
Shave the kernels with your knife
Using a sharp or serrated knife, slice kernels off the cob in a downward motion. One ear of fresh corn yields about 1/2 cup of kernels.
Tip: If the corn comes with part of the stalk intact, use it as a handle and stand ear on its narrow end instead.
Freeze corn in a plastic bag
To freeze, scoop kernels into a resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer. Allow corn to thaw thoroughly before using.
Tip: You can also freeze corn on the cob, either whole or cut in half.