3 Ways to Store an Ear of Corn

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3 Ways to Store an Ear of Corn
3 Ways to Store an Ear of Corn

Corn is one of the freshest and tastiest summer treats, and of course you need to figure out how to keep it fresh after you buy it. You can store the whole ear (including the skin) in the refrigerator until it's time to cook it. Another option is to store the unhulled corn in the freezer after scalding it to prolong its shelf life. Also, don't forget to store it in the fridge after it's cooked.


Method 1 of 3: Storing Fresh Corn Cob

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Step 1. Leave the husk on the corn

The husk helps keep the beans moister and fresher. If you remove them before storage, there is a risk of drying out the contents. Try not to even peel the tips.

  • Use corn in a day or two if the husk has already been removed.
  • To buy the cob without peeling it, start by looking for a corn with green husks and damp hairs sticking out. The tang should be firm from end to end. Look for small holes, which indicate the corn has worms. If you have to remove the husk, just try on the top end to see if it has grain all the way to the other end.
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Step 2. Place the spikes in a resealable plastic bag

Don't wash the corn first – put them in a bag leaving as little air as possible. Then take the bag to the fridge's vegetable drawer.

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Step 3. Cook in a week

The corn will start to spoil after approximately five days to a week. However, to taste fresh and sweeter, cook it as soon as possible, as flavor and moisture are lost over time. Try to cook them within three days if possible.

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Step 4. See if it's fresh

The ear will start to mold at the tip first. If you notice that the tip is dark or moldy, cut the spot and another 2.5 cm. However, if the whole ear is moldy, throw it away.

A moldy corn usually turns dark and the kernels shriveled. It is also possible to see something velvety white or blue

Method 2 of 3: Freezing Fresh Corn Cobs

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Step 1. Remove the shells

When freezing the corn, it is necessary to remove the husk so that it can be blanched or cut before freezing. Also, the frozen shell is difficult to get out.

Frozen corn lasts up to a year

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Step 2. Blanch and freeze the whole cob to hold the beans together

To do this, boil the cob in water for five to ten minutes, depending on the size. Remove it from the water and immediately place it in an ice bath for 30 seconds. Then drain the water.

  • Put corn in freezer bags or sealed containers and take them to the freezer. If using bags, remove as much air as possible before closing.
  • You can cook the cobs for a shorter time if you prefer. Reduced cooking makes corn crispier when removed from the freezer.
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Step 3. Blanch and freeze the beans to facilitate defrosting

Blanch the whole ear in boiling water for two and a half minutes or more, if you prefer. Then remove it from the water and immediately place it in an ice bath. Drain excess water.

Use a knife to remove the beans from the cob and place them in bags or sealed containers to freeze. Remove excess air if using bags

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Step 4. Freeze the beans without scalding them to speed up preparation

Another option is to just freeze the beans. Remove them from the cob and place them in bags or sealed containers before taking them to the freezer. Remove as much air as possible from the bags.

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Step 5. Thaw the corn before heating it or place it in the microwave to cook

You can defrost the scalded corn in the refrigerator overnight and heat it up for the next day. Another option is to microwave both the boiled and raw corn until it's hot enough to eat.

Use the microwave defrost setting. If you ask, put the weight of the corn, but if you don't have this information, open the device and check if it's ok after two minutes

Method 3 of 3: Storing Cooked Corn on the Cob

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Step 1. Place whole ears in a closed container

This is the best way to store what is left of the cooked corn. Another option is to place it in a resealable bag. Don't forget to remove the air to keep it cooler.

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Step 2. Cut the cob beans if you prefer

If you want to use the remaining corn in another dish, cut the kernels off the cob and then place them in a closed container before refrigerating. Another option is to place them in a resealable bag, removing as much air as possible.

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Step 3. Eat in three to five days

After cooking the corn, you increased its lifespan by a few days. You will have another three to five days to consume it beyond the expiration date. Still, try to eat it no more than five days when it's in the fridge.

  • If it has a strange odor or musty, it's time to throw it away.
  • Reheat the corn in the microwave whenever you want to consume it. Start with a minute and see if you need more time.

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