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.