Wednesday, August 12, 2009

of Apron Lovers & Corn

What does one have to do with the other?

Well, quite alot actually. Today is the day that we "put up" corn, and I mean LOTS of it! Of course with 7 children still at home, all who love corn, we freeze quite a bit of it. And it is really quite easy:

Go to your local farmer who has corn (taste test it first; you know, buy some and have corn on the cob. If it's a hit, you know that it would be safe to buy several bushels). That is to say, of course, if you don't grow your own.

Recruit as many in the family as you can, by setting up chairs in the garage or on the porch. Sit yourselves down for a couple of hours while you share stories or verses in the Bible, sing songs, listen to music, and husk and desilk every cob of corn.

Grab the largest bowl(s) you can find and start cutting the corn off the cob. Or you can use a creamer (which I'm using in the picture below) and cream it off. We actually like to use both. It gives it a wonderful consistency. Despite popular belief, you don't have to blanch your corn before freezing, as it takes away flavor from the corn. Oh, and you're already going to cook it when you pull it out of your freezer, so what's the point in cooking a vegetable twice? [yuck!]

Grab some freezer bags, and start filling them with the amount that you think your family would consume in a meal. While closing, be sure that there is no excess air inside, as it will later turn to ice. Lay flat in the freezer. This will save you alot of freezer space later on for other things.

To cook in the winter: add a little water to cover the bottom of a sauce pan with anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt (depending on the amount in the bag). Once boiling, add the frozen corn, and cook thoroughly & enjoy!

So where do aprons come in? Simply this: they are perfect for wearing while husking, cutting, and cooking corn. They also add some happy smiles. =)


the long ladies said...

How fun is that!! We wear our aprons all the time. Really. It hardly seems right to be without one... don't you agree? (And we love to freeze corn too!)

Blessings to you and your family, Cheri!
xo, the Long girls

Cheri said...

I heartily agree, girls! =)

Blessings to you too,