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Corn Harvest- When and what to do

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It is corn harvest Time!

Here are some quick tips to know when the corn is ready to harvest:

1. Ears are ready when the silks are completely dry and brown.

2. Pick ears early in the morning when the temperature is at its coolest.

3. Put ears in an ice water bath for 30 minutes, drain on toweling, then place in the refrigerator.

4. Sugars in the kernel are at their highest peak when the kernels are at the “milk stage”—the point where, when punctured, the kernel juice appears milky.

5. Sugars will be rapidly converted to starch if the ear matures on the plant past the milk stage, and when the ear is harvested. Although varieties may differ in how fast the sugar to starch conversion takes place, in general, sweet corn needs to be eaten or processed shortly after harvest.

When you grow it yourself you'll get the freshest and most nutritious food. No long wait time from harvest to your table.

In case you didn't have time to grow your own but want to put some away for the future, find some local farmers to support and check oput your local farmers markets. Take it home and process it so you can put it either in the freezer (more on that in a future blog), can it or dry it in a dehydrator.

If you don't have time for that either then there is always Sweet  Corn in a #10 can.

Dehydrated Corn                                                  or                                                     Freeze Dried Corn


Both have a long shelf life. The freeze dried corn just needs hot water added to reconstitute.

Dehydrated corn needs to be boiled for a few minutes before eating.

Happy Harvest!

The Survival Center Farm and Prepper Team

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