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Friday, August 7, 2009

First Corn Harvest

This morning it rained. Yeah!!! Which, I might add, makes it the perfect day to put up corn for the freezer. This is our first year in many that we grew our own corn. We stayed pretty basic with our variety and only planted Bodacious. Next year we will try something different. Doyle picked them and shucked them outside and then brought them to me to clean the silks off and blanch.

Here they are ready to go in the big boiling pot of water to blanch them. The corn was really quite pretty and so far not buggy.

After blanching, we plunged them into an ice chest full of ice water and cooled them down. Then onto a towel to dry for a minute. Then Doyle used the electric fillet knife and a bundt pan to remove the kernels.
I bagged the corn into pint sized Foodsaver bags and vacuum sealed them. This tends to work best for us.

When it was all said and done, we put away 32 pints bags of corn and that seemed a great start to the corn harvesting season. Of course we tried it after it was taken off the cob and it was yummy. Fresh corn is so far superior to what one can buy in the supermarket. We will definitely grow this again.


  1. Oh! Yummy! I wish I had the room to grow corn- some day :)

  2. Hi Heather~~ And 'Bodacious' is a sweet, tasty variety. I like the bundt and electric knife method. It must have made the process go much quicker--working smarter not harder! No rain here but the clouds are thick and it's cool. Perfect!

  3. Heather, you are doing such a good job! And your helpers, too.

  4. Congratulations on your good harvest. That corn will be great for me to make vegetarian fried rice and desserts.

  5. Heather,
    We are so jealous of your corn. Been buying ours at the farmers market, it is about done here!

  6. i'm so anxious to get a decent corn crop. we can't plant near as much as you all can, but oh i dream. your's looks great!!! what a wonderful way to start your corn harvest..yum!!

  7. WHAT a system! Love the bundt pan. How clever.

    We did an experiment in corn this year, and we're liking our first attempt. I think we're destined for a homegrown corny future.

  8. Hurray for Heather! What a clever idea to put the end of the cob in the funnel pan.

  9. Looks great. I'm not growing corn again. Too much water, too much room, not enough yield. It's a true farmer's market catch for us.

  10. We want more that is growing corn , good taste .......

    Getting a Payday advance is just a few steps away

  11. Nice looking corn! You guys are a preserving machine...ha.
    Clever idea with the bundt pan. We used to take a piece of 1x4, put a big nail through it, and skewer the corn on it, in order to cut it off the cob.

  12. Yum! Great idea with the bundt pan.

  13. WOW!! We grew corn for the first time this year and it is actually looking good. I knocked one down the other day and the cob actually had KERNELS on it. Not getting excited yet, but if it comes out i am trying your bundt pan trick!!

  14. Hi Heather...I LOVE corn..wrote a little story about my "corn love" not too long ago..

    I love all the different names.
    Country Gentleman, butter and sugar, cream and sugar, kandy korn, maple sugar corn, silver queen...I love the names of corn and order lots each year from seed catalogs. We have been picking and eating it..almost poor husband..I think he is "corned out", but I still love it...

    Happy Harvest!

  15. Hi Heather,
    That is a START? You guys are amazing!

  16. That looks fantastic! I am still waiting a few more days for my corn to be ripe.

  17. What a 'factory' you've got going on there! I'm so impressed. The tube-pan idea is tops. I'm stealing that idea!! :-)


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