The Heat is On…

From wet to “HOT” this is typical Ohio weather. But the crops love it, especially the sweet corn. Many of the farmers markets have sweet corn now and some will have a later crop as well. This corn is superior to what you can buy in the super markets because it’s picked the same day as it is sold. Seeing all the corn stacked up in the back of a pickup brings back memories of growing up on my family’s farm.  A whole day was devoted to picking a truck load, husking it, cutting it off the cob and freezing it for the winter months.

So grab a huge bag or two and head out to your local farmers market and stock up on all the wonderful produce and merchandise these local vendors have to offer. And, if you would like to have a taste of summer in the middle of winter, buy five or more dozens of sweet corn and freeze for the winter. My granny always said, “It’s like opening a container of sunshine in January”.  

For Perfect Boiled Corn; bring a large pot of water to boil, add the corn and bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the heat and serve or the corn can remain for awhile in the hot water until ready to serve.   
Freezer Corn; use the same method for boiling, except remove the corn once it has boiled for 1-2 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. When cool enough to handle; cut the kernels off the cobs and put in freezer containers, will keep in the freezer for up to a year.