Nothing quite captures the flavor of summer like sweet corn eaten right off the cob. Follow the simple steps shown in this video for selecting and freezing the perfect kernels, and enjoy this fresh vegetable out of season.
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.