Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Preserving Corn

Our local Food Lion stores run a really good sale on fresh corn in shucks once a year and it was this past week.  We've been traveling and didn't get home until Friday night so we had to do some creative managing of our time in order to take advantage of this sale, which ended midnight last night. In other words we had to turn a blind eye to all the other things that were screaming at us to get done as a result of us of being out of town.  

We purchased 4 boxes of corn still in their shucks yesterday and worked and worked and worked until late last night to get it all preserved.  After sharing some with others, we added 60 ears of corn on the cob and 14 quarts of cream style corn to the freezer part of our pantry.  

We don't really have the garden space to grow corn so this was a sale that we just couldn't pass up if we wanted corn in our pantry.  

Taking advantage of produce sales is a good way to keep your pantry well-stocked when growing it is not an option!

When it comes to keeping my pantry well-stocked, I carefully consider all my options!

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10 comments:

  1. For the first time in over 2 years, I ran out of frozen corn about a week ago. But I, too, remembered that this past week was the big sale at the grocery store for corn on the cob and I bought a case! So now I have my freezer filled back up with vacuum sealed quart bags of corn kernels! Yum!!! I also froze 2 flats of strawberries- 98 cents/pound!

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    1. gardenpat, strawberries were on sale here too but we didn't need any for the freezer so we just got some to eat on. Don't you just love a good sale on produce!!!

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  2. As much hard work as it takes to preserve food for the pantry (spending every morning for two hot summer months picking wild berries, washing and freezing them comes to mind), I can't help but look forward to those kinds of frenzied activities. There is just something about being a vital part of the process of providing for my family Good job!

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    1. Evelyn, I so agree!!!! It is so worth it!!

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  3. I always buy a bushel of corn in the fall from a local farm. It is so amazing. It lasts us most of the year. We got 20 ears of corn for $4. It was on sale for Memorial Day at Stop & Shop. It is not local corn but it was delicious. I also buy potatoes in the fall in large quantities. I don't have enough room to grow everything and I find potatoes and corn locally grown for great prices.

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    1. Making Cents of It All, that's just good stewardship and wise management of your resources. Knowing what you can do and not fretting over what you can't do is wise!

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  4. We were out of town and missed the sales. Hopefully another one will come along.

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  5. Patsy, do you have a good trick on how to cut the kernels of corn off the cobs? My family LOVES corn. Every year I buy a bunch to put into the freezer, and sometimes I even luck out with free corn. But I struggle with finding a good method of cutting it off the cob without getting bits of the cob or cutting only half the kernel off.

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    1. Rhonda, a sharp knife and taking my time are my tips. I also use a large bowl and then get a much smaller bowl and turn it upside down inside the larger bowl. I usually rest the ear of corn on top of the smaller bowl and work that way letting the kernels fall into the bigger bowl around the smaller bowl as I cut them off. This works pretty well for me and gives me more control over the depth of the cut on the ear of corn.

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