There’s not many foods that taste as much like summer as a piping hot, buttery ear of sweet corn! Stick a few batches of Sweet Freezer Corn in the freezer to enjoy all winter long! Add it to soups, casseroles, or eat as a side dish! Yummy!
I have childhood memories of freezing corn. We lived in a place where it was too cold to grow corn. Friends from warmer climates used to share their bumper corn crops with us. My brothers and I would husk the corn. My mom would boil the corn on the cob. Then she would cut it off the cob, put it in bags and freeze it. The most memorable part of the experience happened when my mom would turn around. We would run, grab the biggest section of “stuck” together corn, hide behind the couch and eat it. I’m surprised that she actually had any corn left to freeze.
Freezing Corn is a great family activity!
I’m allergic to the corn in the patch. I can’t go in there at all or I break out in a rash. So, over Labor Day I decided that my boys should help me freeze corn. Besides my allergy problem, it’s more fun to freeze corn with my family. More fun for me anyway!!
Branson was a little worried about being allergic to the corn so he put his football helmet on. You know a football helmet makes you more manly and automatically solves lots of problems.
Look how tough my oldest child thinks he is. Anyone that can lift up a box with one hand is a brute!
This is the “Little Red Hen” principle in action!
How many ears of corn does it take to make a cup of corn?
Of course it depends on how big the ears of corn are. As a general rule of thumb one ear of corn will produce 3/4 a cup of corn kernels.
For this recipe you will need between 11 to 12 cobs of corn for each batch.
Family recipes are best!
Justin’s great aunt shared this recipe with me many years ago, it’s a keeper! There are a few little things about this recipe that make it extra yummy!
- Yes, this recipe has sugar added to it! Some people think sweet freezer corn is sweet enough on it’s own. That’s probably true, but once you try it this way those extra calories will be worth it!
- I believe the sugar helps the corn freeze a little better. I don’t understand the chemistry behind it, but trust me its good! If you would like to leave the sugar out, go ahead…no judgment from me!
- Adding a little butter to the mixture obviously makes the freezer corn more rich and gives it amazing flavor!
Tips for freezing sweet corn!
It seems like no matter how careful I think I’m being, I always make a huge mess when I freeze corn. Part of freezing corn is mopping the floor and cleaning up the sticky mess afterwards! Here are a few little hacks that seem to help minimize it though!
- Place cutting board inside a large cookie sheet. The cookie sheet helps catch some of the fly away corn kernels.
- Some people place a corn cob on the hole of a bundt pan and slice it from there. The kernels are supposed to fall in the pan. I don’t have super great success with this method, but others do.
- For this recipe cut the kernels from the cobs before cooking the corn. This is so much easier than cooking the corn cobs first. It’s easier to handle before it gets hot. More corn fits in the pan after it’s cut off too.
- My boys do all the husking outside. At least that mess isn’t in the house!
- Freezing corn really is easier with two people. It helps to have someone hold the bags while you add corn to them.
What container should I store sweet freezer corn in?
I like storing freezer corn in freezer style sealable bags. I use the quart size. Lay the bags flat in the freezer until they are solid. After they are frozen through stack them in the freezer. The corn takes less room when it’s stored in the freezer this way.
It can be stored in jars too. It’s probably a little easier to add corn to jars than bags, but it will take more room in the freezer. Be sure to leave about an inch head space in the jars.
Freezer corn can also be stored in freezer containers. These are a great option!
How long can I store sweet freezer corn? How much should I freeze?
Sweet corn will last in a deep freezer for up to a year.
When I’m trying to decide how much corn to freeze I think about how many times my family will eat corn each month. Multiply that by 12, and that’s how many quarts of corn I freeze. Remember to include the amount of corn you will use in dips, casseroles, etc.
We don’t eat freezer corn during the months when we can pick it from the garden either. So I usually actually freeze 11 months of corn.
FAQ about how to freeze corn.
How many cups of corn per ear?
Each ear of corn will produce about 3/4 a cup of corn kernels.
How to cook freezer corn in the microwave?
Microwave frozen corn in a microwave-safe dish on high for 3-4 minutes, or until heated through.
How to heat freezer corn on the stovetop?
Add corn to saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until thawed and heated through.
How long can freezer corn be frozen?
Freezer corn can be frozen for up to one year.
What container can I freeze corn in?
Use freezer-safe plastic containers or sealable freezer bags.
Grab the Sweet Freezer Corn Recipe!
NOTE: This post was originally published on September 2013. Some of the photos and content were updated in 2018. The recipe was not altered!
Good luck with freezing your corn! Grab your kiddos and have them help you because you’ll want the extra help and it will be more fun! Enjoy!
Sweet Freezer Corn
- 15 cups raw corn kernels
- 1/8 cup salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup butter
- Husk and clean corn on the cob.
- Cut kernels off uncooked cobs.
- Add raw corn kernels, sugar, salt, butter and water to large kettle.
- Bring to a gentle boil. Simmer 10 minutes.
- Ladle into freezer bags.
- Freeze flat until firm. Thaw before using.