How to Freeze Corn: 3 Different (and Easy!) Ways

Save those kernels! Follow along as we show you how to freeze corn three ways.

There shouldn’t be a time limit to enjoying fresh corn recipes. Whether you want to save a whole corn on the cob or just a few kernels, here are a few of our favorite ways to freeze corn. (Psst: If you’re looking to store corn short term, check out this corn storage guide!)

How Do You Prepare Fresh Corn for Freezing?

Before you get to freezin’, make sure you prep your corn first. No matter which method you choose, you’ll need to shuck your corn before starting. You’ll also want to grab your freezer bags and a permanent marker (to write the date on the bag) so you can dive right in.

How to Freeze Corn (3 Methods)

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How to Freeze an Unblanched Corn Cob

Calling all corn-on-the-cob lovers! This corn freezing method is the simplest one yet. Here’s how.

You’ll start off by shucking the corn and removing its silk. Then, simply place the corn cobs into freezer bags and push any air out. You’ll want to date the airtight freezer bags using a permanent marker before placing the bags into the freezer. That’s it! In just minutes your fresh corn is now freezer ready.

How to Freeze Blanched Corn Kernels

Blanching is a very traditional cooking method used to keep fresh produce for longer periods of time. Plus, it helps remove dirt and keeps your corn bright and yellow.

Start off by shucking and removing the corn silk, then you’ll want to bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place the corn cobs into the boiling water to blanch them. It should take 7 minutes for small cobs, 9 minutes for medium cobs and 11 minutes for large cobs. After boiling them, remove the cobs from the pot and immediately place them into ice water for the same length of time.

Remove the corn from the ice water and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut the kernels off of the corn cob and pour them into freezer bags. Push any remaining air out of the bags and date the bags with a permanent marker. Then, place the bags into the freezer and you’re all done!

How to Freeze Unblanched Corn Kernels

If you were wondering if you can freeze corn without blanching, the answer is yes!

After shucking and removing the silk from the corn, you’ll want to cut the kernels off of the corn cob and dump them into a bowl or container. Then, pour the corn kernels into as many freezer bags as needed and make sure to push any remaining air out. Date the airtight freezer bags with a permanent marker and then place the bags into the freezer.

Editor’s Tip: When freezing corn kernels, make sure you allow enough space for the kernels to breathe. We recommend freezing corn kernels in a single layer.

How Long Does Corn Last in the Freezer?

Unblanched frozen corn, whether in cob or kernel form, should last for about 6 months stored in an airtight freezer bag. We recommend storing frozen blanched corn for about 3 months in the freezer. That sure beats storing fresh corn in the refrigerator—which lasts for about 1-2 days. (Once you’re ready to use, try cooking corn one of these ways!)

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Christina Herbst
Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.