Question – What do little corn cobs call their father?
Answer – Popcorn!
I bought the corn seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and have been very pleased with their performance! 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 are 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. 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!
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”. 😉
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