Pickled corn on the cob

lisa-regina(5)April 3, 2008

When I was young my grandmother who is now deceased used to pickle corn on the cob in big crocks. I believe using just water and salt. I have seen the recipes for it and would love to make it, but the recipes do not tell how to keep it after it has fermented or pickled. My question is how is it to be stored after the pickling process is complete? How long will it keep? Does it need to be processed to keep it from going bad? Does it need to be refrigerated or can it sit out on the counter in a glass jar? I'm very confused and do not want to get ill from botulism or some other nasty bacteria, does anyone know the answer to this question? Thanks

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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

It may be similar to a salt brine cure pickle. Once fermented and completed the curing, they cannot be home canned or processed, but instead would reqire a cool storage, or be refrgerated. I make half sour pickles with very fresh dill, cukes, garlic and of course salt and water. They sit out only a few days (thats why they are half sours), and then get placed in the fridge in the same brine. I also add a small amount of vinegar to slow down any further fermetation. I still have a half gallon jar from last summers pickles, and they keep quite well in the fridge. If any are left by summertime, they usually get tossed in favor of new, fresh pickling cukes. There is also a very small corn type that is used in oriental stir fry, and these are very small and quite tender.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 12:09PM
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ksrogers(EasternMass Z6)

Here is a follow-up post from an email I got from this poster. Her questions/comments:

Thank you so much for sharing information with me. I have been looking forever for a gardening friend that I can ask questions, especially canning questions (since I am new to it). My grandmother was from Kentucky and boy I just loved her canned tomatoes and pickles and pickled corn. Her tomatoes were always nice and rich with a thick broth, mine look watery and seperate in the jar. I guess I'm just not a canner, but I love to try. I'll try my luck at the pickled corn and hope that it turns out. I'd love to have a piece of my childhood back. You don't know how much I appreciate your taking the time out to read and answer my question, your an angel.

My reply:
The reason the tomato sauce is watery is probably because the tomatoes were not the right kinds to use. Usually for a thick sauce, you would use meaty plum types and even some Oxhearts. These are quite meaty with very little watery liquid inside. I use a Villaware food strainer and cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters, dig out most of the seeds and liquid, and then strain them through the Villaware (Roma, Victorio, are all the same). This machine is inexpensive and gets all the meat and goodness out, and pushes the skins and seeds out the end of the conical strainer. Then, they should be boiled for a while. To can, you MUST add extra acid, like a half teaspoon of citric acid. This ensure that they will be safe enough for home canning. Most of today's home canning is very strict due to so many illnesses caused by improper home canning methods. I also like using Mrs. Wages or Ball pickle mixes, as they have salt and spices, which are a good starting flavor. I add more spices and embellish on the flavors which give me unique tastes. I also taste the brines before they are added to the canning, as if they are flavored wrong or are too salty, you can correct that very easily. Pickle Crisp is also a fairly new additive for making pickles. It buffer's the acid in the vinegar and helps to slow down the natural breaking down of the pickles while in high vinegar pickle juices. In the future, be sure to post questions on the garden and harvest forums as there would be many more people like yourself who would want to learn, and its a bit difficult if we don't share our experiences with others. Been canning for well over 35 years now, and my mom and dad did it before I started in.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2008 at 11:57AM
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"I remember as a child sneaking in our outside building, where Mom kept her crock. She would always yell, 'It's not ready.' It tasted ready to me."

She wrote: "I am from Spencer, W.Va. My mom made pickled corn and green beans when we were growing up. I had to find the recipe, since my mom passed away in 1994.

"I think this is the recipe and I hope it helps Carol Kendrick. I have kept jars of pickled corn for several years this way. Distilled water is used because most city tap waters contain chemicals that hinder the process."

Pickled Corn on the Cob

10 small ears fresh corn

1 cup canning salt

1 gallon distilled water

Husk and silk corn and boil about 5 minutes. Cool in ice water until cold.

Put ears of corn in large, wide-mouth jars. Mix salt with distilled water.

Pour over corn until covered. Screw lids on loosely.

Pickling should take about 2 weeks. Add more brine if necessary. After 2 weeks, tighten lids. Makes 10 servings.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "My biggest problem in making this very easy recipe was finding jars that were big enough. I consulted several books and learned that you can cut the corncobs into short lengths (or even take the corn kernels right off the cob and brine just the kernels) if it helps you to fit them in the jars.

"The resulting corn can be eaten cold or at room temperature. It is still crisp and tooth-resistant, with a nice sweet-salty flavor. I might also add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to each jar to give it a more 'pickly' character."

Per serving: 83 calories; 3 grams protein; 1 gram fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 19 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 787 milligrams sodium.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 12:02PM
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I am from WV and I make pickled corn on the cob the way My mom taught me ... shuck and clean the corn ... lay in 3 or 4 ears per row and then alternate the direction ... a hand full of pickling salt tossed in on each layer of corn fill the crock up as much as you can but leave room for the plate and rock hold down wt. ... cover with water and the a dish towel ... about 3 or 4 weeks and it's done.....
I use a big stainless steel turkey fryer pot for mine because it is lighter and crocks brake too easy ... DO NOT USE ALUMINUM POT!! .... if your corn spoils then you had too little salt and if it don't do anything then you had too much salt .... when it is done scrape the mold to one side and pull corn out from under the plate ... reset the plate and recover the pot/crock ... rinse and eat .... enjoy

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 6:49AM
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