How to Put Up Corn

There’s more than one way to skin a cat.  This is my no frills method.


1) A minimum of 200 freshly picked ears of corn. (This is a process, so you want to put up enough for it to matter). I always ask at the farmer’s market when they are picking and go ahead and reserve my ears to avoid any surprises.

2) A few friends or family members. Let them know they will get a few bags out of the action.

3) An afternoon

4) Trash bags

5) Pint or quart freezer bags

6) A large box of kosher salt

7) The biggest pot you have

8) A set of long tongs

9) Another large pot filled 2/3 full with half ice, half water (also known as an ice bath)

10) One or two large casserole dishes

11) A sharp or perforated paring knife

12) A Sharpie marker

Begin by shucking each ear of corn and removing the silk. (People have all kinds of gadgets for this, but I don’t find any of them work better than your hand).

1) Meanwhile fill that large pot half of the way full and add salt until it tastes like the sea. Bring this up to a rapid boil.

2) Next to the boiling water, set up your ice bath and sprinkle some salt in there as well. 

3) Drop 10 or so ears of corn into the boiling water. Once it comes back to the boil, let it go for another 3 minutes. 

4) Transfer the corn to the ice bath. This is called shocking. Shock it until it is completely cooled down.

5) Using the casserole dish as the base, cut the corn off the cob, making sure you scraped every little bit of milk off with it. Discard the cobs, unless you are crazy like me and want to make corn stock.

6) Using a large spoon or 1 cup measure, spoon the corn into freezer bags, making sure you squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible.

7) Label each bag with the date and variety. Keep in mind, put up corn like this makes a unique “homemade” hostess gift.