Monday, July 30, 2012

Off with Their Ears!!!

It's that bountiful time of year again!
The earliest sweet corn (55 day Earlivee) variety is ready
to be harvested.
The farmer watches it closely for readiness
and goes to great lengths to make sure
the racoons don't let us know this fact!
Today is the day.

I like to do this just how my mom did it...
Husk and trim the corn outside
Set up the picnic table with a clean plastic table cloth
and all the necessary equipment.
Mom used a good sharp knife to cut the corn kernels from
their cobs
I cheat a little and use may "magic" mandolin slicer
It works like a charm.
I know that many people cook the corn right
on the cob before cutting off the kernels and
I'm sure that works well too.
I just like to work outside, leaving the messy
part of this job out of the hot kitchen.
I also use less energy by not needing to heat lots 
of boiling water.

I work in small batches in order to get the
optimal freshness from each picking
Once I have a full bowl of this golden goodness,
I immediately start the blanching process using
minimal water (1/2 to 1 Cup) stirring often
and making sure the corn is not sticking to pot. 

The blanching only takes about 10-15 minutes and then
it's important to plunge the pot of hot corn
into icy water to cool as quickly as possible
(it works well to put a bowl of ice right in the middle
of the pot as well)

When cooled - bag, label and freeze!!
It's that simple and oh so good.

In ten days the next variety (75 Day Honey and Cream)
will be ready. 
the last kind (80 days Big Jim - the farmer's namesake)
will be ripe

Guess what I'll be doing every Monday for the next few weeks - smile????

Till next time .......... enjoying some fresh home grown sweet corn (tis the season).


  1. Yum! Fresh corn...
    Too bad you can't put that in your Rumtopf! I added my blueberries and peaches...

  2. Now, that, I say, is a lot of work from what I remember.

  3. Mmmmmm sweet Ontario corn - there's just nothing like it. I'd love to have what my mum would call 'a feed of corn'. I can just taste it!

  4. What a great idea to use your mandolin to remove the kernels! The only time we tried to grow corn, the raccoons absconded with it as soon as the ears developed! Guess they know a good thing :)