Corn on the cob is a beloved summer staple, but its sweet and juicy flavor can quickly diminish if not stored correctly. As soon as corn is removed from its water source, its natural sugars begin to convert into starch, resulting in a loss of flavor and moisture. However, with the right storage techniques, you can extend the freshness and deliciousness of your corn for days longer.

Start with a good ear.

When purchasing corn on the cob, pay attention to the following factors:

  • Look for ears with a green husk that is tightly wrapped around the corn.
  • Avoid ears with holes in the husks, as these may indicate insect damage.
  • Gently squeeze the ear to ensure the kernels feel firm.
  • Avoid pulling back the husks to examine the kernels, as this can lead to quicker drying.

Leave the husks.

To maintain the freshness and moisture of your corn, it is best to leave the husks intact until just before consumption. The husk acts as a protective layer, preventing the corn from drying out. While it’s acceptable to remove some of the outside leaves if the corn is bulky, make sure to leave a few layers to maintain optimal freshness.

Add an extra layer of protection.

To further enhance the preservation of your corn, wrap it in a plastic bag. This additional layer helps retain moisture and keeps the corn nice and moist. However, be careful not to wrap the corn too tightly, as excessive moisture can lead to mold growth.

Keep it cool.

As soon as you bring your corn home from the store or farmers market, place it in the refrigerator. The cool temperature slows down the drying process and helps preserve the natural sugars in the corn, resulting in a sweeter and more flavorful taste.

If you can’t eat the corn within a few days – freeze it.

If you find yourself unable to consume all the corn within a few days, freezing is an excellent option to extend its shelf life. Follow the steps below or watch our how-to video.

  1. Shuck the corn (watch the video below for shucking tips)
  2. Boil for 2 minutes
  3. Cool corn completely in an ice bath
  4. Remove corn from cob by cutting off the top half of kernels
  5. Scrape cob to remove remaining pulp and juice
  6. Place corn in freezer bags and lay flat to freeze


Follow these tips, savor the sweetness, and create lasting memories with every bite. Enjoy!