I purchased the first sweet corn of the summer on Saturday. I husked it, boiled it, put it in
ice water and then cut it from the cob.
For as long as I can remember, this process has been a part of my summertime. As a young
girl, I clearly remember helping my mother and grandmother in freezing corn. As a young
teen, I recall the entire day that was set aside by my mother, for me and my siblings,
to help in the huge endeavor. I say "huge", because it was just that! For a few of those years,
we would husk at least a thousand ears of corn. Corn was a staple in our diet, and my
mother believed that home frozen corn, tasted much better than store bought frozen corn.
We would set up lawn chairs in a circle, in our garage, and fairly early in the day, we
would begin the endless husking chore:)
While we were husking the corn, my mother would be in the kitchen, boiling the ears of corn,
and placing it in cold water to cool it. When it was cool, she would cut the corn off the ear
with the cutting tool pictured above. Hence, I have been doing the same thing for years.
I am very well aware of the fact that there are many new and updated methods of husking
the corn, and cutting off the corn, but for some reason, this is still the way that I do it.
Saturday afternoon, as I did this procedure once again in my kitchen, so many memories
came flooding back to me. Actually, I remember dreading the "corn freezing" days of
summer, and now I find myself with a slightly different perspective. I am not sure how
much corn I will freeze this summer, but whatever I freeze, I know it will be enjoyed
by many, because it really is delicious!
On this particular occasion, I used the corn to make a zucchini and corn casserole, for a
picnic we were attending that evening. I found this recipe, using fresh cut off corn,
tomatoes, and zucchini, and it is definitely a simple, but scrumptious recipe I can't
wait to make again. You too can find it here...
After washing and preparing each one of the fruits...
I made this big bowl of fruit salad. We have been eating fruit continually. Our grandchildren
were over this week, and they each ate bowls of the goodness. What a gift, to open one's
refrigerator, and find such beauty waiting to be eaten. I mentioned in my last post, that our
growing season here, has been exceptional, and I am so grateful for all that is growing in
abundance around us.
But, when the birthdays come, this grandson chose a doughnut cake for his celebration. He
requested that his doughnut be chocolate with chocolate glaze. We were so happy to celebrate
his ninth birthday. Our daughter served us a delicious meal, and then came the doughnut
He took the responsibility seriously:)
He and one of his good friends posed for me. I smiled as I observed how quickly
they've grown up, especially in their photo pose. Two very special young men!
Corn, fresh fruit, and doughnuts, are what were provided here today. Thanks so much
for stopping by. I did wonder as I was compiling this post, if you all helped to freeze
corn in your past summer experiences? If so, what were your memories of it all?