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CORN ON THE COB - FRESH, RAW

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1-3 days
Freezer
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8 months

Tips

  • How long does raw corn on the cob last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep corn on the cob refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw corn on the cob and to ensure best quality, keep the husks on until ready to use.
  • If the husks have already been removed from the raw corn on the cob, wrap the corn in plastic or foil before refrigerating.
  • Properly stored, raw corn on the cob will usually keep well for about 1 to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long does corn on the cob last in the fridge once it has been cooked? Cooked corn on the cob will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Can you freeze corn on the cob? Yes, to freeze whole corn on the cob: (1) Husk corn, remove silk and wash; (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) corn for 7 minutes (for small ears) to 11 minutes (for large ears) and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain off excess moisture, and package in airtight containers or freezer bags.
  • To freeze whole kernel corn: (1) Husk corn, remove silk and wash; (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) corn for 4 minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain, cut kernels from the cob and package in airtight containers or freezer bags.
  • How long does corn on the cob last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 8 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - corn on the cob that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if corn on the cob is bad or spoiled? The husks on corn on the cob that is spoiling will typically become browner, the silks (at the tip of the corn) will become dark and moist, and the corn kernels will darken; discard any corn on the cob that has an off smell or appearance.

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