I'm slowly entering the world of food preservation. I've done a little canning so far. Then I found myself with some extra ears of sweet corn. Mr. Kim Chee doesn't love corn on the cob quite as much as I do, and it gets a little difficult to go through a dozen ears of corn. But I have a hard time not buying more--it's at the peak of its freshness now and corn never smells or tastes as good as it does this time of the year. So I decided that I would dry it and keep that summer sweet corn flavor and smell on hand for the darkest days of winter.
Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad, since I prepped all my corn together for these two recipes.
So, like the salad, you want to husk your corn and boil it for 3 minutes. When the 3 minutes is up, dunk 'em in a cold water bath or run them under the faucet until they're cool to the touch.
Yup. Didn't break the big bits of corn apart here. Should have. Took much longer to dry.
So, here's what fresh-off-the-cob corn looks. Remember that. All juicy and fresh.
Now walk away and let the oven do all the work. Come back every hour or so and give the corn a stir, to make sure it dries evenly.
Give it a smell. It will smell sweet and summerlike! Just like concentrated summer sweet corn.
Make sure it's fully dried. Feel it all--it should feel dry. If you feel anything resembling moisture, throw it back into the oven until that feeling is gone.
I store mine in a clean Mason jar, with the lid on tight. It should be good throughout the winter. I'm planning on adding mine to some Crab and Corn Chowder or Potato and Ham Chowder. And sometime this fall you'll likely be seeing some sort of creamed corn recipe. Keep the bounty of summer in your kitchen year-round with this simple and old-school recipe.
Recipe: Dried Sweet Corn
any amount of corn, fresh on the cob
Husk corn and trim any undesirable bits off.
Boil corn for 3-5 minutes until cooked through. Place in a water bath or run under cold water until cool to the touch.
Cut or scrape kernels from cob, being careful not to cut into the cob.
Place corn in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spread out for ideal drying time.
Place corn in a 175F oven. Use a wooden spoon to prop the oven door, to let out moisture. Let corn dry for at least 2 hours (or more, depending on humidity levels.) When corn is completely dry, store in a cool, dark place.