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Delicious Illinois grown sweet corn is often frozen to enjoy later in the year. According Jeannine Fink, University of Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator, Springfield Center, sweet corn gel is easy to do, but requires a few key steps to maintain quality.

National Clearinghouse for the dairy house (CHP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggests that sweet corn is frozen within 2-6 hours after harvest.freezing corn

CHP University of Illinois and recommend laundering corn inactivate enzymes, which leads to a better quality of frozen foods. Bleach cleans dirt and area agencies, brightens the color, reduces the activity of the enzyme that causes changes in color and flavor, remove the air and softens the texture of the vegetables are easier to pack in containers.freezing corn freezing corn

To blanch corn, bring a gallon of water to a boil in a large pot with a basket insert and lid. Place the corn in the basket of money, and lower into the boiling water. Cover with a lid. The water should return to boiling for 1 minute, freezing corn or if you count the blanching time as soon as the water starts to boil.

Blanch whole kernel corn for 4 minutes. Cool quickly by placing the corn in ice water. Drain and cut the kernels from the cob 2/3 of its depth (not scratch the ear).freezing corn

For the creamed corn, blanch the ears 4 minutes, cool quickly and drain. Cut kernel tips and scrape the cobs with the back of the blade to remove the juice and the heart of the kernel. (Another option for the style of the cut corn chowder, and corn Police unbleached rub Place cut corn in a water bath,freezing corn and heat with constant stirring for about 10 minutes or until thickened, .. costs place the pan in ice water) freezing corn

Corn on the cob is also bleached. USDA recommends laundering small ears (4 to 6 inches long, 1 1/4-inch diameter or less) for 7 minutes,freezing corn medium ears (6-8 cm long, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 INCHES diameter ) for 9 minutes and large ears (8 to 12 inches long, more than 1 1/2 inches in diameter) for 11 minutes.

To condition to freeze, wrap corn in plastic freezer containers, leaving 1 inch head space in rigid containers or flexible squeeze the air out, seal, label and freeze. Corn should be packed in quantities that can be used during a meal. freezing corn

When the gel corn, no more than 2 to 3 pounds per foot freezing capacity over a period of 24 hours per cubic meter. This allows the freezer to freeze food quickly enough food spoilage and / or food borne pathogens do not have time to develop.freezing corn