My husband is always casting around for what to do with the children on the days I am at my job. He is not big on routines, so they make it up as they go. One day recently, he hit on the idea of freezing corn. I kid you not. He said something about wanting to do something purposeful with their time together.
So he went to the cheap place out in the country and bought 7 dozen ears of corn for $2.50 a dozen. The children husked it. He boiled it outside, cut it off the cobs, and handed it over to the children again to stuff in freezer boxes. When I got home at suppertime, the freezer was full of labeled boxes, the house was cleaned up and calm, and supper was on the table. I kid you not. The man deserves a prize, or at the least, a laudatory blog post.
There are several funny things I would like to point out here:
1. I was planning to get rid of all those plastic freezer boxes and bags and use glass canning jars as another step towards less plastic in the house. So now the freezer boxes are back in rotation and grinning gleefully.
2. I only wanted 5-6 dozen ears of corn this preserving season. I had already frozen 3 dozen just by buying an extra dozen here and there and boiling it with our supper corn. My mom introduced me to this efficient way of doing corn. Now I have corn from 10 dozen ears in the freezer.
3. They all enjoyed themselves. My husband did not take any pictures, so here are mine, which I snapped as I thought I would tell you about my mini-batches of frozen corn. Just when you think you know everything about your spouse, he busts out a kitchen project groove. I love that. I love him.