How To Make Freeze Dried Sweet Corn At Home

Fresh sweet corn on the freeze dryer trays.
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  • 10 pounds sweet corn


  1. Pick the sweet corn the morning you intend to freeze dry it.
  2. Shuck the corn.
  3. Cut the corn off the cob,
  4. Blanch the corn for three minutes.
  5. Put the blanched corn in an ice water bath. It’s a good idea to drain the water off the corn from time to time and put the corn in a new batch of ice water to keep it cool while you are working.
  6. Once all of the corn is blanched, drain the water off.
  7. Cover the freeze dryer trays with parchment paper.
  8. Spread the corn out in a single layer on the freeze dryer trays.
  9. Put the trays in the freeze dryer.
  10. Start the freeze dryer on the normal cycle, which is the freeze cycle.
  11. It will automatically cycle to the mid-drying cycle, which is the cycle that takes the longest amount of time.
  12. When the sensors detect that the food is ready, the freeze dryer will automatically cycle to the final fry cycle.
  13. On rare occasion when the freeze dryer shuts off, the food still needs additional drying time. Simply put the food back into the freeze dryer and follow the instructions in your manual to add additional drying time.
  14. Once the food is dry it is important to immediately put it in a mylar bag or jar for storage and be sure to use an oxygen absorber!

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