How to Freeze Corn on the Cob

Summer is a time for growing, it’s also a time for preserving all that summer goodness. Here’s how you can enjoy the crisp taste of summer all year long by choosing to freeze corn.

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While we arrive in Tennessee in time to plant summer crops, we didn’t have the chance to plant everything that was on our list. 

Thankfully we have made lots friends who grow it, sell it, or know where to get it. That being said, our counter was overflowing with fresh corn on the cob that was waiting to be eaten. I’ve never been a huge fan of the frozen kernel corn, but frozen corn on the cob is a different story.

Ways to Preserve Corn

There are endless ways to save, preserve, or put up fresh corn and while I’m partial to freezing it on the cobs, I know there are valid reasons to save it others ways too.

Corn can be frozen on or off the cob. It’s also easy to can using a water bath or using for salsas. Many people dry the kernels to use in soup or for long term storage.

The decision on how to preserve your corn is often determined by the amount of freezer space you have or how soon you are likely to use it. 

We tend to keep the majority of our frozen stuff in a deep freeze which will preserve food long then a traditional freezer attached to your fridge. Freezing corn on the cob does take up additional room however the crispness when you bite the corn off the cob seals the deal.

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How to Freeze Corn

Freezing corn on the cob is an excellent way to enjoy the taste of summer year round. You may think that blanching isn’t an important step and skip it. Trust me, it’s worth the extra effort.


  • Corn on the cob
  • Boiling water
  • Ice water
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  1. Fill a large pot half way with water and turn to medium-high heat to boil.
  2. Husk corn and wash thoroughly.
  3. In a large bowl, fill it with cool water and plenty of ice.


  1. Add corn cobs to the pot. Blanch for 6 minutes total, rotating cobs every 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from cobs from boiling water with tongs and place in ice water bath.
  3. Let cool in ice water then lay on a kitchen towel to dry. 
  4. Once dry, place the cobs in a freezer safe container to safely store.

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Kitchen Tools for Freezing Corn

Pro Tips

  1. Freeze corn solid first on a sheet pan before grouping them in a freezer container.
  2. Frozen corn can be wrapped in plastic tightly to prevent longer term freezer burn, typically for over 6 months of storage.
  3. Cut the cobs in half for easier portioning.

Tell us in the comments below: What’s your favorite way to season corn on the cob?

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