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3/28/14 6:14 A

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Thanks Vonblackbird!
I just might have to try putting a few in the freezer that way this year. I'd read that they shuck pretty easy that way, and it would seem (in theory) that the shucks would help against freezer burn. UGH! to the bugs! But we don't have that many normally. They don't look good on fresh or frozen! lol!

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3/28/14 12:01 A

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Sorry I didn't see where you said par-boiled. I don't think I'd like the corn frozen in the husks but that is just a personal choice.

The water canning method here is so simple I'd never do it any other way. We have a system here where the canner is an all in one stand alone unit that plugs into the wall. You place it near a sink (anyone will do) then put the jars, then cold water in. Turn it on and wait 'till it comes to the boil and then turn off and empty. Using the Fowler Vacola jars and clips (a picture in the team photo page) I've never had a bottle not seal.

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3/27/14 11:37 P

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I have always hot water bathed my tomatoes.
As for corn, I have never froze it on the cob. We always cut it off fresh, then cook it in a pan and freeze it. Now the last couple of years, we have been soooooo busy, that my in-laws have done corn for us. When my mother-in-law does it, she cooks it with butter then freezes it. Boy is it good when you take it out on a cold winter night for supper and taste that fresh corn (but it was frozen). emoticon

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3/27/14 6:05 P

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I pack my peeled tomatoes in jars and water bath them. I never pressure can mine but do water bath them. As for corn...yes you can pack the corn shucks and all in paper sacks and put down in your freezer. They shuck and the silks come off so easy under warm water when you get ready to cook. Worms are frozen with them if you have them (we do some times) but when you wash them the worms come off at that point. I'm not squeamish about bugs on my corn. We have been putting up our corn like this for years. I do cut some off the cob and blanch and freeze as we use it for making cornbread.

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Oh yes. I always put my cleaned jars in the oven, to keep them warm while I'm working, and put the lids in a warm pot of water, so they are fairly soft when I put them on the jar. I think what I'll do is make the first batch your way, and see how it does. If they don't seal, then I'll revert back to my way, for the rest. Sure would take some of the work out of the process if I can do it without the open kettle method.
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3/27/14 11:59 A

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Like most who have commented on here, I use the water bath for my tomatoes. I tried freezing corn in the husks one year & wasn't happy with the results.




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Kay, just make sure everything is Very Very Hot...Jars included.
If you get nervous, try 3-4 jars without the water bath and do the rest the way you always do.
Just as a test and then you will feel more comfortable.

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3/27/14 10:48 A

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Thanks for the input ladies!!

I just might try Gemini's way with the tomatoes this year and see how it goes. As for the corn, hubby prefers it ON THE COB! lol! I guess I'll continue to do it the way I've always done it. I said par-boiled, but I meant blanched. :P I did pressure can some corn several years ago, but I was shocked at how long they had to be pressure cooked! Between that and the mess I had on my hands getting it off the cob.... well, just glad hubby prefers it on the cob!
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Hi All..
I'm the type that does NOT water bath can my tomatoes...juice, sauce, bbq sauce, jams, pepper mustard and pickles...
Hot juice, Hot jars, they seal themselves. I've been doing it all my life...
I do the oven method for diced and stewed tomatoes (recipe in our Canning Recipe Box)
As for corn, I've tried to freeze the whole corn on the cob blanched (without husks) and it was mushy. I've frozen it blanched, off the cob and it's good.
The best is pressure canning it (cold pack) tastes like it was just picked.
Hubby agrees.

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First, I would imagine putting a whole corn cob in freezer is like putting a peeled banana in freezer. It's hard to unpeel...(I'm thinking the hairs especially!!)

2nd....I've always roasted tomatoes to peel, then in jars for a water canning method. I didn't know you could do any other way!! LOL

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I don't can anymore either, but I used to use the hot water bath for tomatoes.

Tomatoes do have a lot of acid and maybe this person you mention has been very lucky. but I have had things not seal and / or go bad so I always thought it was better to be safe than sorry.... Just a thought......

I have frozen corn, I just blanched the cobs, cooled and then froze. I found it best to eat within a month or two for best freshness and avoid freezer burn.

One year I forgot (phone call or something) and cooked the corn all the way through. They did not taste very good later..... I found the fresher picked the corn was, the better the end result. One year I was visiting my sister in the fall and she knew someone who grew corn so I got it fresh picked the morning I left to travel home. It froze beautifully and boy was it yummy!!

I never tried taking the corn off the cobs first but maybe it would last longer in the freezer????

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I've always water bath canned my tomatoes. I use that "seal while hot" method for jams and pickles etc, but I like to properly preserve my tommies in a water bath.

Corn should be at least blanched before it's frozen, at least that's what I've always read. I'm doing cornmeal with my corn this year and even that apparently needs to be parcooked before it's dehydrated.

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I have been putting up tomatoes for several years now. Every time I do it, I use the Open Kettle method. I tried pressure canning them one year, long ago, and decided open kettle was much easier on the tomatoes. I was talking with some 'older' ladies about a month ago, and they said they used to (they don't can anymore) just put the tomatoes in the jars warm, and seal the jar. They said the jar will seal every time this way. WHAT?? Have I been doing all this work for nothing?? How do YOU ladies can tomatoes??

Another question I have is this. We freeze corn on the cob. We always shuck the ear, par-boil the corn on the cob, let them cool, and place them in a plastic bag in the freezer. I've recently found articles where you can supposedly just put the whole ear of corn (shucks and all) in the freezer. Have any of you done this?

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