Saturday, November 10, 2012

Corn on the Cob


When you have fresh corn, dehydrating it is super easy. First, simply cook it just as you would for corn on the cob. Simmer as desired for however long or how little you like. Some people prefer it just slightly blanched.  Do not cook it with butter or any form of fat or oil. 

I found it’s really helpful to cut the ears in half.  That way you have more control and a stable base to cut those kernels off the cob. 

Take a sharp paring knife and snug it as close to the cob as you can get without cutting into the cob and slice the kernels off the cob.

Take those kernels and place them on a screen or your fruit leather tray.

Dehydrate at 115º until dry.  In my area, they are usually dry in about a day and a half.  This may vary depending on where you live and how much moisture is in this particular batch of corn.

Corn will be hard and crunchy when it’s dried.

Linda’s Note: you can also take frozen corn and dehydrate it.  When you find a fantastic buy on corn in the freezer section, buy as much as you can. This has already been blanched, so it isn’t necessary to do anything except crumble it up and spread it out on your fruit leather trays to dry.  Same temps and time.

What to do with dehydrated corn:
·         Add it to soups, stews, and casseroles
·         Rehydrate it, heat, and season with butter or whatever you like for a delicious side dish.
·         Works well to add some to your favorite cornbread mixture. You may also want to add dehydrated diced peppers and onions, too!
·         Try mixing it in with your dehydrated Cream of Soup. See my post on Cream of Soup Mix for directions.



  1. Linda, I dehydrate my corn directly off the cobb without blanching. I think it has much more flavor. I do let it sit for a day or two if I buy it directly from a farmer. I love dehydrated corn, it's one of my absolute favorites! I adore your site. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much! Next time I think I'll try it without blanching it first. Good suggestion.

    2. I'm glad to see your post. I am dehydrating corn and am not planning on blanching it. We'll see how it does. I hope it works ok, don't see why we need to blanch. I stopped blanching when I was freezing so hope this works for dehydrating. Thanks.

    3. Generally, I cook the corn before processing. My point on blanching was that some people like their corn on the cob just barely heated, while others like to cook it extensively. That's a personal preference.

      The reason I cook my corn first is because it doesn't take as long to rehydrate or be ready for the table. The less re-cooking time, the better for the nutrients. Quick re-cooking, rehydrating, whatever, makes it more convenient for backpacking and camping foods. Also, in bug-out situations, you will need something that is quicker than usual for eating.

  2. Linda, great post! I plan on dehydrating and vacuum packing with my food saver. Thoughts? Iv never done this before and I'm looking to save my foods longer with out power for bug out situations

    1. Sorry I took so long to reply. Hubby had a massive brain tumor removed June 11. Things a little hectic around here.

      You are wise to plan ahead. Yes, food saver bags will work just fine.

      Be sure to label and date your packages after sealing them. I recommend that you don't put any more in one package that your family can eat without leftovers. That way you don't need to worry about refrigeration

      I don't now what has happened to some of my posts, I can't find the one on setting up a recipe card. However, this post has a good example of a recipe card at the bottom of the page.

      Use this format and set up your own template. Whenever you are putting together a dish, simply tuck one of these inside each package.

    2. I was wondering if I can dehydate corn left on the cob..only cut up in pieces.

    3. Hi,
      I haven't tried dehydrating it on the cob. But I know that farmers used to do it. Primarily, it was used for livestock feed. Usually, before it is served, the kernels are removed from the cobs by twisting it in your hands, then rehydrated.

      You might give a few ears a try and see how it works. Let me know how it goes.