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How To Preserve Sweet Corn


  • Fresh Picked Sweet Corn


  1. Pick and use Fresh Sweet Corn
  2. Husk the Corn - yes, this will take a long time unless you bribe others to help you. Timed games used to work when my kids where younger, but now that they are teenagers, bribery is the only solution.
  3. While you husk the corn, get a large stock pot of water boiling.
  4. Once all the corn is husked, boil several ears of corn for 3 minutes.
  5. Place the corn in an ice water bath for the same amount of time (3 minutes) to cool.
  6. Cut the corn 3/4 off the kernel. Many people use a bunt pan to do this on, however, I find this a little awkward for me. I use a 9x13 roasting pan, with a 2 cup square dish in the middle of the pan to place the ears of corn on while I cut. This allows most (you will still have escaped corn from the pan) of the kernels to fall inside the dish. **If freezing corn - skip to number 13
  7. Fill a large stockpot full of water and put on medium-high heat until it boils.
  8. In the mean time, prepare canning jars - by sterilizing and keeping jars and lids hot.
  9. Cold Pack - Fill hot jars with corn kernels leaving 1 inch head space. Fill jars with boiling water, continuing to leave 1 inch head space.
  10. Wipe rims, add hot lids, and finger tighten rings - place in pressure canner.
  11. Repeat until pressure canner is filled. (ours holds 8-9 pint jars, or 7 quart jars).
  12. Pressure can with 10 lbs of pressure for 55 minutes (quart jars take 1 hour, 20 minutes) - increasing for altitude above sea level as necessary.
  13. If freezing - place 2 cups of corn in freezer safe bags - remove air and seal. Label and use within 12 months. **We use Food Saver bags.
  14. If canning - remove cans from pressure canner and let sit overnight on a towel, in a cool area. Check to make sure that each jar sealed by pushing down the center of the jar - if it doesn't move, it is sealed properly. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms