Saturday, June 11, 2011

Corn Harvest - Peaches and Cream

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I have been waiting all Spring for this moment, the first corn harvest of the season.  Today we harvested 80 ears of corn from my 4 by 25 foot plot planted along my back fence.  This particular variety is called peaches and cream, and it is so delicious.  Overall I am pleased with the corn, for the most part it was clean and of good size.  The total harvest weight after shucking was 22 pounds.  There were a few ears with silk worms and a few that were malformed, but all things considered not bad.  Processing corn for freezing takes so many steps.  It took us about four hours to pick, shuck, clean, blanch, cool, cut, and bag the 80 ears.  I cut most of it from the cob, but left some on the cob for low country boils.  I have got 30 more ears in that section that should be ready in the next few weeks.  After I pull all that up, I plan on putting some silver queen in the same spot.  Here are some pictures.

Corn before picking

 Here is an ear I checked for ripeness

Notice the milky color of the fluid on my thumb, that is when it is just right

Ears before shucking

We had a few silk worms, but not too much damage

Shucked ears filled up a 5 gallon bucket

Cleaning remaining silk, this brush worked great and can be found here

I blanched 20 ears at a time in my low country boil pot, this saved time instead of doing them in the house.

I had a big cooler ready for immediate chilling.

Here are the ears all ready to be cut from the cob.

Here are the final results all bagged and ready for freezing.

13 comments:

Engineeredgarden said...

Good job, Kris! It doesn't get any better than that, man...My main thing is waiting until the right time to harvest...

Kris said...

Thanks EG, I appreciate it. I can't wait to see your pictures. Do you plant any other varieties besides peaches and cream?

Cindy said...

Glad yours is finally ready. I ended up with over 500 ears this time and have some more that will be ready in three weeks or so if I can keep it alive. I have WAY TOO much! I teased the hubby and brother-in-law during planting about not planting enough for me and this is what I get. Did you cut all of yours off by hand? I have a Thomas Corn Creamer that I bought at the AG EXPO in Moultrie several years ago that really makes quick work of it. You may want to look for one if you plan on doing a lot.

Kris said...

Awesome Cindy, yes I cut it all off by hand. I bought a corn cutter tool that didn't feel safe so I ended up doing it all by hand. I am going to do an online review of it and you can see what it is. The tool I bought was used mainly for cream corn too, but I just like whole kernel corn and although this tool said it will do that it didn't feel safe. I may check your tool out. Do you live in Moultrie? Our pastor from our church came from Moultrie.

Engineeredgarden said...

Kris - I've tried kandy korn before, and felt it was inferior to peaches and cream. After harvesting the peaches and cream currently growing, early Sunglow will be grown for the first time....

Kris said...

EG - Thanks, I am also going to try silver queen, but I will look up Sunglow and see if I like that one.

Cindy said...

Nope... Not Moultrie. I live in southeast GA near Vidalia. As you've probably already guessed, I don't live in town.

Anonymous said...

Really neat!! Congrats!

Toni-Shaklee Distributor said...

Wow! Looks yummy!

Kris said...

Thanks Toni, it has been quite delicious. So much so I planted another batch.

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

Nice looking patch of corn there. Very inspiring.

Kris said...

Stay@Home - Thanks, I appreciate that. Corn is a whole lot of work, but it is worth the rewards.

kelli said...

awesome!!!