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Old 08-30-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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How to store sweet corn?

Barb L's thread about corn just reminded me of this.

What's the best way to store whole corn cob still with its husk? I've noticed that sweet corn gets less sweet as the days go by. How do I prolong its original condition?

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:50 AM   #2
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there's not much you can do except refrigeration, chops.
as soon as you pick an ear, the sugars begin turning to starch. keeping it cold will slow down the process a little.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:18 AM   #3
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other than Blanche and freeze them, if you cut a little off the end and keep it upright in a dish with a little water in the bottom you may be able to fool it into "Thinking" it`s still on the plant, much like you`de put cut flowers in a vase.

failing that you`ll need some Cobalt 60 isotope (j/k) :)
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:09 AM   #4
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Sweet corn begins to deteriorate the moment it's picked. I buy corn from the farmer's stands here in Michigan because I can get the corn that is picked that morning. I don't husk corn til I'm ready to pop it into boiling water. I can't imagine why you would want to keep corn for even a couple of days much less want to prolong the storage. Nothing beats a couple of ears of fresh picked, freshly cooked (no more than 3 minutes please) corn, especially the corn grown in Michigan.
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Old 08-30-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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I freeze fresh corn

I freeze sweet corn at the end of the season so we can enjoy it all
year. I have never stored it in the freezer for just a few days during
the season I always get it fresh that day.

At the end of the season I buy 5-6 doz we husk them wrap them in
tin foil and freeze. When I cook them later I just put them frozen
in boiling water maybe 5 mins top. Not as good as fresh picked but much
better than what you buy in the store.
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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that's a great suggestion, Rickell! I never thought of that!
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:22 AM   #7
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I had always heard to blanch them. This year I just put them in a gallon baggie in the freezer. They look good...but I haven't tasted them yet. What is it that blanching is suppose to do?
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:46 AM   #8
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Rickell's method works very well. I prefer it to the blanching method...I think the corn tastes fresher. I do blanch the corn if I'm going to cut it off the cob, though.

In regard to the corn losing it's sugar once it's picked, here's a little info that may be useful to you. There are certain new hybrids that actually continue getting sweeter after being picked. Illini Supersweet is the one I'm familiar with, but I believe there are several others. Of course, when you buy sweet corn, you usually don't know the variety, but if you're growing your own, consider some of the "new breeds".
The only drawbacks to these new types are that the seed is very pricey, and it's harder to germinate. If you decide to grow some next year, let me know, and I'll give you some hints on germination.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:59 AM   #9
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PS...Kandy Korn and Jackpot Bicolor are two more of the extra-sweets.
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:17 PM   #10
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[quote=Constance]Rickell's method works very well. I prefer it to the blanching method...I think the corn tastes fresher. I do blanch the corn if I'm going to cut it off the cob, though.

i have tried it both ways blanching then freezing and just wrapping in tin
foil after shucked. the blanched corned turned out mushy like store
bought frozen corn on the cob.

we actually grew corn for the first time this year peaches and cream
it was very good. we will need to grow much more next year didn't have
enough to freeze and of course our dog insisted on having a piece everytime
we were in the garden.

corn corn corn love it
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