I wish I could brag to you about the abundance of my sweet corn crop this year.
But I can't.
Our sweet corn was a total failure.
Between the wind and heat and my lack of care...we have no corn to pick.
I weeded one of the nine rows one day and then gave up.
Maybe that was part of the problem!
Thankfully my father-in-law takes much better care of his garden.
And he is so generous that he planted enough corn for everyone to be able to have some.
Joel's family is big...so that means he planted a lot of sweet corn.
Levi and I went to help freeze all the sweet corn last week.
They picked and husked it and Levi helped load up the wheel barrow.
I helped with the cleaning.
It was much cooler to have your hands in a tub of cold water.
It has been SO HOT in Kansas this summer.
What is the deal?!?!
Levi and his little cousin liked playing in the water too.
It took a long time to rinse off all of the corn and I wasn't even there when they first started.
Thankfully there were many hands helping.
I'm pretty sure we went through at least three wheelbarrows of corn.
Levi never ran out of ways to keep himself busy.
He thought cleaning his shoes off in the water would be a great idea.
Here the corn is piled up and ready to go inside.
Don't worry we saved plenty to eat fresh off the cob too!
We cut all the corn off the cob and filled up the pots.
I think by the time everything was bagged and ready to freeze,
we ended up with over 100 quart size freezer bags.
There is nothing better than pulling out a bag of sweet corn in the middle of the winter.
The recipe we used is my mother-in-law's:
For every one gallon of corn add...
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1 stick butter
Cook until boiling and then let corn simmer for 10 minutes. Cool kettle in cold water for several hours until corn is completely cooled. Bag and freeze.
It was a lot of work (and I didn't even do that much),
but such a fun day hanging out with Joel's family.
Of course there were cookies involved too.
And since the big sweet corn harvest we have been enjoying lots...
and lots of sweet corn.
Thanks Papa for taking such good care of your garden (unlike my Mama)...
and for so generously sharing with all of us!