Friday, July 24, 2009

Putting Up Corn

Today I put up hundreds of ears of corn with the help of my mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Both the Bergens and the Goertzens put corn up the same way by cutting it off the ear first and then boiling it for 5 minutes with 1 quart water, 4 teaspoons salt and 1/4 cup sugar.

We filled this basket with corn at least three times. Terry and Mike picked and husked all the corn, which was a huge help and made the process go much faster.

We used the same recipe that has been used for generations (you can see it is from the desk of Harley Bergen, Mike's Grandpa). Last year Karla helped me put up corn for the first time. We showed up with the exact same recipe and decided that Mike grandma and my grandma must have given the recipes to each other years ago.

Grandma Kroeker was in charge of washing the corn and cutting out the bad spots.

Next we cut the corn off the cob.

Then we mixed the ingredients and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then we let it cool before we put it into bags for the freezer.

We made a total of 30 bags of corn in different sizes. Now I know that some families put up corn on a much larger scale, but we decided this was enough corn for us and our families. How much corn do you put up and what is your family recipe.

1 comment:

  1. What a good time we had! What Kelsey didn't tell you was that this project took a good share of the day for us. We started about 10 am and finished about 3:30 pm. Kelsey served us a wonderful summer lunch including homemade green bean soup (it's a Mennonite thing), grilled hamburgers, fresh garden cucumber salad brought by Kathryn, and of course, CORN ON THE COB! It was delicious! And we'll all enjoy the taste of fresh corn all year long thanks to our efforts. As the old-time newspaper accounts of social gathering would conclude, "And a good time was had by all."