How to Freeze Corn on the Cob – Eckert’s

Fresh corn can be a delicious and nutritious meal and side dish that’ll satisfy your taste buds, but unfortunately this delicious vegetable is only in season for a short time. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy delicious, fresh corn.

One great option is to freeze corn on the cob so that you always have it ready to go when you want it. Frozen corn on the cob will last through the winter, making it a great step to take for any corn lovers who don’t want to miss out on their favorite vegetable.

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What You’ll Need:

  • A large pot of boiling water
  • A large bowl filled with ice water
  • A sharp knife or electric knife
  • A large pan for collecting corn kernels
  • Freezer or vacuum bags to store the corn in
  • As much sweet corn as you’d like to freeze


  1. Begin by prepping your corn by removing the husks and silk. You can easily de-husk corn by warming it in the microwave briefly and allowing the slightly warmed corn to slide out, or you can de-husk your corn manually by removing each piece. The silk of the corn can easily be removed with a new toothbrush or soft vegetable brush.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil, filling it about halfway to make room for the corn. Once the water has come to a boil, add as many de-husked corn cobs as will fit in the pot. Make sure to completely submerge all your corn, adding more water as needed until the pot is full. Wait for the water to return to a boil and take it off the heat.
  3. The corn will need to be cooled as quickly as possible, which can be easily done by submerging it in an ice bath running it under cold tap water. Do this carefully as to avoid being burned by the freshly boiled corn.

If you want to freeze the corn on their cobs, once they’re cool, simply transfer them to a baking sheet. Then put them in the freezer for an hour or two, until the corn is firm. Finally, put the corn cobs in the freezer or vacuum bags and put them back in the freezer. They can be kept frozen for up to about six months.

However, if you want to remove the corn kernels from their cobs before freezing, continue with these steps:

  1. Once the corn has fully cooled, remove the kernels from the cob. This can be done with a standard sharp knife by cutting lengthwise against a cutting board, but it can also be easily achieved with an electric knife. Make sure to cut the kernels from the cob over a pan as to collect all of them as they fall.
  2. Optionally, scrape the cob with the dull side of the knife to allow for all of the leftover juice inside the cob to escape – when added to your corn, this makes for a creamier finished product.
  3. Place the corn kernels in your resealable bags and squeeze as much air out of them as possible. Flatten them for freezing and place them in the freezer immediately after filling. It’s important to freeze the corn as soon as possible to preserve its flavor and freshness upon thawing.
  4. Repeat the process for any remaining corn cobs.

Like the corn cobs, the kernels can be stored for about six months. Add them to soups, serve them with butter, salt and pepper, or make delicious creamed corn or even corn risotto. 


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