Now That’s Corny!

Question – What do little corn cobs call their father?

Answer –   Popcorn!

I have really enjoyed growing corn in my backyard this year.  The plants are about 12-14 feet high now and the silk in the corncobs are starting to turn brown and dry, so it’s time for a harvest!  Backyard sweet corn

I bought the corn seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and have been very pleased with their performance!  Stowell's Evergreen Corn It’s a variety called Stowell’s Evergreen Sweet Corn, is non-GMO and heirloom, and I will tell you that every single seed I planted germinated!  Unfortunately, I had to replant a few because there were some cats in the neighborhood that thought I was making them a custom litter box, and they scratched up several of the little corn seedlings!

We had corn on the cob last night for dinner.  I buttered them and rolled them in a piece of foil, then hubby put them on the grill.  They were delicious!  A bit more meaty than the ones I get at the store – those areStowell's Evergreen Corn Harvest kind of watery – and quite a lot more of that “corny” flavor also!  My ears were a bit on the small side and not perfect, with some rows missing and such, but I guess that isn’t so important!

Question – What did the corn cob say when he was admired?

Answer –   Awww, shucks!

Since I planted all of the corn at about the same time (silly me), I need to harvest all of the corn within the week or so because if I don’t I will miss that window of tender sweet corn.  So, rather than have corn for breakfast, lunch and dinner this next week, I decided to cut the corn kernels off the cob and freeze them in one cup servings, which is about two adult servings.

First I blanched the corn in boiling water while still on the cob for four minutes. Stowell's Evergreen Corn  As soon as the four minutes was up (a kitchen timer is helpful) the cobs were plunged into ice water to stop the cooking process immediately. You must blanch corn (and most vegetables) before you freeze them to stop the enzymatic process within the vegetable – which will improve flavor and texture after it has been frozen.

Once cooled, the corn was cut from the cob with a sharp knife (I placed the cutting board inside the baking dish to prevent runaway corn), then the kernels were placed in a gallon size freezer bag and put into the freezer.  I jostled the corn around in the freezer bag about every 1/2 hour, so that they would freeze in individual pieces – so much easier to handle that way!

After the corn is completely frozen, I vacuum packaged the kernels in the one cup  portions with my Food Saver, also affectionately known as my sucky machine!  Food Saver

And there you have it!  Fresh homegrown heirloom and organic sweet corn.  Mmmm…. it’s going to taste so good this winter!

Oh, and the corn stalks that are left?  I’m saving them for my daughter-in-law, Nikki.  She is an elementary school teacher and every year in the fall each classroom at her school builds a scarecrow.  The scarecrows are judged for first, second and third prizes by local and school dignitaries!  I think the corn stalks will add a little authenticity and may even help her classroom get a prize this year!

One day two corn cobs, who were best friends, were walking together down the street. They stepped off the curb and a speeding car came around the corner and ran one of them over.  The uninjured corn cob called 911 and helped his injured friend as best he was able. The injured corn cob was taken to emergency at the hospital and rushed into surgery.

After a long and agonizing wait, the doctor finally appeared. He told the uninjured corn cob, “I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is that your friend is going to pull through. The bad news is that he’s going to be a vegetable for the rest of his life”.  😉

Jokes courtesy of   http://www.jokes4us.com/index.html

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16 thoughts on “Now That’s Corny!

  1. That all looks awesome! I tried corn last year with some success, and in spring (its winter now) I am eager to try again! I hope I get enough corn sos I can try this!

    • It was a lot of fun growing the corn – I can’t believe how fast it grew and how tall it got! I was also pleasantly surprised about how much corn I was able to freeze. Thanks for stopping by with your comments! Good luck with your crop in the spring.

  2. Corn – yum! Corny jokes – fun!
    We are growing a small patch of corn this year. Looks good so far, not tasseling yet, but we are hopeful to have enough to eat from. Thanks for your tutorial on putting it up, it may come in handy.
    stopping by from Family Home and Life

    • I hope your corn patch does well! One thing I found was that the stalks that got the most water made the best ears of corn, so maybe we weren’t watering our patch well enough? It’s all a learning experience for me right now. Thanks for stopping by from the blog hop!

  3. I just found your site through the Creative HomeAcre Hop. I like your “Plan.” And, by the way I just had my first ear of corn of the season on Saturday night. It was so good. It will be so nice for you to have the taste of summer in the middle of winter!

    Cheers!
    Michele

    • I didn’t get as much corn in the freezer as I would have liked, but I did get enough for one meal a week (two portions) for a few months! I think I planted my corn too close together, and next time I will try to get the corn more evenly watered. It seems the corn that got the most water made the largest cobs. But then again, that was my purpose for growing a lot of crops in my backyard this year – to learn what I can grow, how to grow it and what to expect. It’s all an experiment at this point, the food I get out of it is a wonderful bonus! Thanks for stopping by. Don’t you just love the Creative HomeAcre Hop?!!

  4. One thing I miss about living in NJ is being able to buy fresh corn from roadside stands. It was the sweetest and best corn I’ve ever tasted. Living in Ga fresh corn is available at the farmer’s markets. It’s still good just not the same. Maybe it’s all the nostalgia mixed in there too!

    • Yes, Brandi, I agree – there’s nothing better than fresh corn on the cob, especially in our childhood memories! Nostalgia always makes things taste better, doesn’t it! Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

  5. Nice article. I have the same seeds I got from Patriot Seeds and am going to plant a few rows this week. I ‘ll heed you advice about planting them in stages. Thanks! Nice site to btw..

    • Thanks, Wendell. I think you will like the flavor of this corn, nice and sweet but not too corny, if you know what I mean. Good luck with your crop this year!

      • Thanks Vickie! I bookmarked your site and have been catching up! ‘Frugally’ is bested served with nice corn on the cob and some potted Tulips!… 🙂

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