Farm Fresh Sweet Corn
A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. - Anne Bronte
On or off the cob, corn creates home mealtime memories. When you see one of those little plastic corn shaped holders do you think of the fun and messy meals you and your sister shared at a picnic table? Maybe your mom, much to your delight, cut fresh corn off the cob and fried the yellow kernels with onions in a bit of bacon grease. I remember the joy of heading out to the family farm, picking baskets full of sweet corn, shucking endless numbers of ears, and watching as my Grandma would plunge them into boiling water. All the grand-kids, giddy with anticipation, could hardly wait to roll the steaming ears around in butter. Just the other day I watched on Facebook as my cousin’s farming family shucked, blanched, and de-kerneled for freezing bucket after bucket of freshly picked sweet corn. The shared labor of love was made easier with an ingenious homemade corn holder put together with a 2x4 and a nail.
In a fantastically ideal world, we’d all grow our own corn - or have family members that farm. Unfortunately not everybody has the time or space for a mini-farm. Farmers Markets and road side stands are wonderful places to find great corn. Talk to the farmer and let them show you how to select the best of all the golden ears in the basket. Do avoid GMO corn as the modifications in corn include messing about with the genetics to resist herbicides allowing them to be liberally coated with chemicals. If the grower says the crops are Certified Organic, they are supposed to be non-GMO. If it's not organic, you are likely eating GMO. Ask before eating and buy local if you can.
The nutrition facts on corn may surprise some of you. It’s low in saturated fat unless you drizzle it with butter. Corn is high in fiber as well as magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, and vitamin C. If you already have a favorite corn recipe that calls for canned or frozen corn, go ahead and substitute fresh corn ounce per ounce or cup per cup. Take a trip to the farmer’s stand and then make your own bags of frozen kernels and creamed corn with the good stuff instead of buying what's on sale at the store.
How to prepare ears of corn for freezing:
Brandy’s directions for Freezing Fresh Sweet Corn kernels put you right in the middle of a farming family experience.
After making About.com’s Homemade Creamed Corn, divide it into freezer bags that weigh in at 15-16 ounces so you can just substitute a bag for any recipe that calls for canned creamed corn.
Sheila has a very simple way to freeze whole ears of corn, so the ridiculously short season of sweet corn can live on in your freezer.
How to cook that corn:
Don’t freeze all the corn until you have eaten your fill of Brandy’s Simply Grilled Sweet Corn.
Simple enough to make for one, but easy enough to make for the whole family, give Microwaved Corn on the Cob a try!
My Grilled Corn takes a little longer than Brandy's as I like to soak the cob, husks and all in salty water before grilling. The result is perfect grilled sweet corn that requires no butter.
To make Corn Chowder with fresh corn, just sub in the measurements one to one.
Leggett Corn is not a low cal or light anything. It is however, delicious. Just eat the measured proportion that fits your caloric day or enjoy as a treat. The recipe works with either canned or fresh corn.
BlueJeanSue’s Corn with Bacon and Caramelized Onion is a recipe that Michael will remind him of his Mom!
Vegetarian Times Corn Quinoa Salad will be a hit with all the quinoa fans!
Or try this simply delicious fresh corn recipe from Vegetarian Times Corn and Red Pepper Caesar Salad.
Share your corn cooking memories. Do you still use the little corn cob holders for corn? Do you always scrape the kernels off the cob when you eat? If you grow your own corn, what is your favorite variety? Do you buy corn from the grocery or just farmers’ markets? Do you eat it simply steamed or do you prefer it in a more exotic recipe? Share your favorite recipes and methods for storing corn for winter with everyone here! If you would like to have your recipe considered for CC Palate, send it to me via pm.