Monday, June 8, 2009

There's Carn in them Thar Hills!

Seeing's how AZ is such an overachieving state......(aka HOT!) the corn is being harvested as.we.speak.

And...because I'm basically obsessed with food storage and preparedness.....

My hint today is about how I prepare fresh corn for future use, when there is no fresh corn to be had.




After the corn is shucked and washed, I cut it off the cob. An old bundt pan works perfectly for holding the corn steady while my electric knife easily slices off the corn kernels.


It takes a lot of concentration not to slice off a finger while doing this, hence the mouth position.There's a camera hog in every situation.After the corn is cut off the cob, it needs to be blanched, or dunked in hot water. Basically what I do is steam the kernels for about 3 minutes.....Then plunge the container in ice water to cool it quickly.Then I bag up the corn in ziplock bags and pop it into the freezer.

I don't know if this is the Better Homes and Garden method of doing this, but it's easy for me to do. I know you can freeze it on the cob, but this takes less of my precious freezer space. I did 3 doz ears today. I got about 25 cups of corn, which divided by my cost is about 57 cents per cup. I don't think this is more economical than a can of corn but boy howdy, it tastes way better!

Now I only need to do about 20 dozen more.......

P.S. I love the way that people from Cache Valley, Utah say corn...carn, ward, narth...etc.etc.

11 comments:

Granny J said...

Great tip..bundt pan! Did the corn come out of your garden? What's the poundage tally up to?

Momza said...

Love the ideas...mi familia es no loco about la maize...but I see your noni es el loco about it.
Ees en hees eyes.
Spanglish.

Patrice said...

I have lots of memories of freezing corn. I think my parents used the tops of milk jugs as funnels. You are truly an inspiration!

Reno said...

Yummy corn.
Yeah, around here we take the core and drive to the star. (That's southern Utah-speak.)

GGMA said...

No comments about my origin. My carn grew near the bahrn and we ate it with a fark.

RhondaLue said...

the bundt pan is a great tip, I might be able to try it! It DOES taste way better, for sure! have you ever canned your corn? Freezer space is real limited around here too. I want to learn to can it too because I have more shelf space.

You ARE an inspiration. Our RS is putting on a gardening class in July and I get a garden area prepped and start growing food soon! I'm so excited!

Kassi Jane said...

yummy yum!

LaSchelle and Kurt said...

Oh I love fresh, frozen corn! I seriously can not eat corn out of a can! You are the woman!

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

What a great idea to use the bundt pan, I am going to try this when corn in on around here.

jen said...

Ok Martha Stewart extraordinaire. You are making us all look bad. Bad that corn IS yummy.

K P said...

Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of using a bundt pan. Fresh/freezer corn is the best!