All About Corn: How to pick, cut, and freeze fresh summer corn

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014

All About Corn

Growing up, my family took growing and eating produce seriously. It ran in the family. Acres of melons. Rows of beans. Boxes of nectarines. We’d grow our own food or buy it from a local farmer, often a family friend.

While normal people would just eat a slice of melon or buy a fat cucumber and move on with their lives, my siblings and I grew up in the garden and kitchen, tasting and thinking about what we were eating. It never occurred to me that it was odd to have an entire vocabulary devoted to fruits and vegetables.

Cucumbers were either bitter or sweet, seedy or crisp. A green watermelon was too young to leave its mother or not fit to eat. An overripe cantaloupe? Definitely punky or musty. Sub-par tomatoes would be labeled bum, mealy, dry, bland, or a disappointment. Only the very best produce made the cut, earning an overall stamp of approval.

Corn was a big one. You didn’t want overripe ears, where the kernels were gummy and tough. So we’d pick and shuck and eat corn all through August, tasting and critiquing like mini corn connoisseurs, looking for that perfect ear of sweet, crisp, juicy corn.

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Picking & Pricing Corn

Pull back the husk slightly to make sure the kernels are full and fresh. Avoid overripe or shriveled ears of corn. Also, corn earworms typically hang out at the top so it’s an easy way to check for pest damage. They aren’t harmful; just cut out the bad section.

Fred Meyer has their Olathe sweet corn on sale, 10 for $3 this week. That’s the best price I’ve seen this year, but anywhere between .25-.50/corn is normal. I have never gone to a u-pick corn field. Anyone know a competitive price?

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Most methods for cooking & freezing corn call for blanching full ears in hot water, shocking them in ice water, then cooling them before cutting and bagging for the freezer. That’s how I grew up doing it. It requires a large stockpot full of boiling water and lots of time to wait for the corn to cool.

I decided I wanted an easier method. I considered the merits of blanching and steaming, before settling on this method for Frozen Summer Corn in the August 2012 issue of Sunset magazine. It works beautifully. I love that you do not need to squeeze full ears of corn into a big stockpot or boil a huge amount of water. Another benefit is that you are cutting the corn before it is cooked, making it much faster (you don’t have to wait for it to cool) and easier to handle.

Cleaning the Corn

First of all, shuck the corn by removing the husks and silk. I love this part. As if using the word “shuck” in a sentence wasn’t enough, there is something deeply satisfying about pulling back those green jackets to reveal the beautiful rows of neat yellow corn kernels underneath.

Maybe it’s a personal thing, reminding me of summer evenings as a kid, where we would pick and husk dozens of ears at a time. Now my kids love this job. I set them up on the deck with a bucket for the husks and a plate for the ears. A wet paper towel can help remove corn silk.

The EASY way to cut corn off the cob!

Cutting the Corn

While there are numerous tools available (Amazon), from zippers to cutters to strippers to desilkers, I am happy just using a sharp knife.

But! This method rocked my corn cutting world. By placing each ear of corn in the middle of a Bundt pan, the kernels are easy to remove. Then simply hold the top with one set of fingers while you cut strips of kernels off with the knife. Having a longer stalk on the end of the ear actually allows it to stand all by itself! Rotate each ear as you cut around it. The kernels will collect neatly in the pan.

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I prefer whole kernel corn. If you like cream style corn, simply run the back of the knife firmly along the cobs to scrape the juice and inside of each kernel.

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Cooking the Corn

Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium heat. Drop the kernels in the water and cook for one minute.

If you are just cooking corn to eat immediately, you can:

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Draining & Freezing the Corn

Pour the corn into a colander, draining well. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spreading out evenly to form a single layer. This will ensure you end up with individually frozen kernels instead of blocks of frozen corn. Freeze the corn until firm, at least 2 hours.

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Storing the Corn

Remove the sheet from the freezer. Gather the two long sides of parchment paper together to create a funnel. Tip it up and slide the frozen corn into food storage containers or bags. Return to the freezer.

Leave a comment! Share your tips and tricks (or recipe links!) with us.
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I love these simple OXO Good Grips Corn Holders. Even if you prefer the hands-on approach to eating corn, these holders are great for kids! Amazon carries this set of four, along with many other options.

Find more frugal homemaking posts here and a list of amazing recipes here.

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It’s new month and there are tons of new coupons. Here are just a few of my favorites.

$1/1 Cascadian Farm Organic Protein Granola

$.55/1 Skippy Natural Dark Chocolate Spread

$1/2 Classico Italian Sauces

$1/1 California Pizza Kitchen

$1/1 Food Should Taste Good

$1/1 box of LARABAR or UBER or ALT bars

Change the zip to 07039 if needed and then come back to these links and the coupons will be clipped.

Remember, you can typically print two coupons per computer. Find more printable coupons here.

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database!

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Kellogg’s Family Rewards: New 100 point code

by Angela Davis on September 1, 2014

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Kellogg’s Family Rewards Codes

Get exclusive coupons and earn rewards from your favorite Kellogg’s® brands when you sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards. Purchase participating Kellogg’s products and enter the 16-digit code to earn coupons and rewards. There are some pretty sweet high-value coupons released.

RELAXITSLABORDAY – 100 points (through 9/8)

Here are some additional codes that may or may not work in your account:

FREEPTSFROMERNIE —  50 points
KFRLABORDAYBONUS — 50 points
CEREALANDMILKABC — 50 points
BACKTOSCHOOL2014 — 50 points
NUTRITIONINABOWL — 50 points
GETFUELFORSCHOOL — 20 points
SPIDEYEXCITEMENT — 20 points
SPRINGONTHECOLOR — 20 points
EARNGREATREWARDS — 20 points
HOWITWORKS20PNTS — 20 points
EARNSWEETREWARDS — 50 points
GIFTOFMUSICBONUS — 20 points
KFRSHARETHANKS20 — 20 points

Head to Kellogg’s Family Rewards to start entering codes!

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Amazon has the ALEX® Toys – Craft My Embroidery Kit for $11.39 right now. I’m a huge fan of ALEX toy crafts. My kids love them.

  • Learn 12 easy stitches
  • Includes 75 embroidery essentials
  • Lots of extras like buttons, beads and bright thread

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Amazon has the Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils, 12 count for $2.50 right now. I LOVE these little colored pencils. Perfect for throwing into your bag and having on hand for an activity.

  • 12 different colors
  • No sharpening needed
  • Clear barrel to see the inside color twisting action
  • Clear vinyl pouch provides reusable storage
  • Great Color Variety

This is an Add-On Item, which means that you need a $25+ order even if you have Amazon Prime. Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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*HOT* Gerber Good Start as low as $13.23 shipped

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014

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Here’s an awesome deal on Gerber Good Start formula – as low as $13.23 shipped after you clip the 20% off coupon plus your Subscribe & Save discount. This is the lowest price to date.  Here’s how the deal works.

:: Clip the 20% off coupon on the Gerber Good Start formula page, found under the product list price. Make sure you’re logged into your Amazon account to see the offer.

:: Select your Subscribe & Save delivery interval. I always select the 6 month option so I have plenty of time to cancel or change my subscription if I want (see below).

:: Add the Gerber Good Start formula to your cart by clicking the “Subscribe & Save” button instead of the “One time delivery” button. You will receive 15% off plus FREE shipping when you subscribe to 5+ items that arrive in the same month or 5% plus FREE shipping if have less than 5.

Once you’ve enrolled in the Subscribe & Save program, you will receive automatic shipments of that product from Amazon at intervals you set. You are under no obligation to continue your subscription once your initial order ships and you can easily cancel through the “Manage” option in “Your Account.”

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You will pay $13.23 total for 1 cans of formula, which is $.57 per oz shipped!

Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Walgreens: OFF! Clip-On Repellent for 99¢

by Angela Davis on September 1, 2014

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Walgreens has two amazing deals on OFF! products right now:

OFF! Clip-On Starter Kit on sale $4.99
Use $4/1 coupondirect link
$.99 after coupon

OFF! Clip-On Refill on sale $2.99
Use $2/1 coupondirect link
$.99 after coupon

The sale price should go through the end of September. Leave a comment if you find a different sale price in your store (Walgreens is known to go screwy on sale prices).

Find more Walgreens deals here. Get the exhaustive list of Walgreens coupon match-ups with a printable list feature here.

Thanks, Wild for Wags!

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