Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Canning corn

Canning corn

This time of the year corn abounds for usually cheap prices. A great time to stock up and can or freeze some! Start by pulling the husks off and as much silk as possible. Wash well. Now there are a couple of ways to process the corn. If you like cream style you'll need to cut about ½ through the kernels and then cut again all the way down so you are clearing the ears twice. If you want whole kernel corn you just need to clear those ears once all the way down. They have cute little tools out there that you can run down the ears in one fell scoop. When I was growing up we put a nail through a heavy board and stuck the ear on it and used a knife to cut down the ears.

Now that you have the corn cut off the ears it's time to pack your jars! Use nice clean sanitized jars. I run my jars through the dishwasher an hour before I'm going to can. If you don't have a dishwasher you can boil them for 10 minutes and then turn them upside down on a clean towel until ready to use.

Pack your corn to within ½ inch from the top and add up to ¼ teaspoon salt if desired. Do not shake or pack the corn down! Top with boiling water. Wipe the rims with a clean damp cloth and adjust lids. Pressure can at the pressure for your area.

Cream corn pint jars for 95 minutes.
Whole kernel corn: pints for 55 minutes and quarts for 85 minutes

After time is over and the canner is cooled down and pressure is back to normal. Open the canner up and remove jars to a clean dry towel and adjust lids if necessary.


PS Ok, I don't tell you how to freeze stuff!  Freezers are nice BUT if the power goes out long term what are you going to do with it all?   I will cover dehydrating soon also as that is a great way to preserve part of your stash.  My freezer has select treats and lots of water bottles!  I can remove water bottles to add room for other storage and grab the water bottles to put back in to fill the freezer.  I keep some chicken for frying and a few steaks for the grill along with some frozen fruit.  If the power goes out I know the ice bottles will keep it much longer and we have a few special meals to start our crisis with!

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