This Summer, at a farmers market, we scored some great deals on ears of corn, four ears for a dollar. 25 cents each...they might be cheaper elsewhere but it seemed a good deal!
This is how we preserve our corn.
We put it in the microwave, still inside the husk, for about three minutes on high. This par-cooks it and makes the shucking process really easy.
Next, we slice off one end, grab the husk on the other other end and pull...
...and the husks and silks just pull right off. The steam while it microwaved makes them separate from the cob and thus they are much easier to shuck. You might have to peel some by hand but it's so much simpler.
We cut them in half...
...and get the vacuum sealer out.
We put six to a bag (that gives us the equivalent of 1 1/2 ears each for a meal, that's plenty for us) and tuck a bit of butter inside with them. Since these bags can be boiled or microwaved straight from the freezer, this makes it much easier to cook later on. You could even season them at this point.
|Vacuum sealed fresh corn|
Done...par-cooked...cut...buttered...and vacuum sealed. I think we ended up with about ten bags like this. If we had a bigger freezer we'd do more but this will give us a bit of fresh Summer corn in the middle of Winter and that's always a nice thing. We'll just have to spread it out to a couple times per month.
Isn't it nice to eat Summer food in Winter?