How long can you keep cooked corn on the cob?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you keep cooked corn on the cob?”, and how to store raw corn on the cob?

How long can you keep cooked corn on the cob?

If stored within 2 hours of cooking, corn on the cob lasts 3-5 days in the fridge. 

How to store cooked corn on the cob?

To store cooked corn on the cob in the fridge, wrap it lightly with an airtight plastic bag, saran wrap, or aluminum foil. Alternatively, you can remove the kernels and toss them in a freezer bag or an air-tight container to keep them fresh in the fridge.

How long can corn stay in the fridge?

Unwashed and unpeeled corn kept in an air-tight container will stay fresh for 5-7 days in the crisper drawer of the fridge. 

It is best to store corn if you bought it in bulk to prevent it from going starchy. Because refrigeration temperature will slow down the breakdown of sugar into starch. 

How to store fresh corn on the cob?

In order to keep corn on the cob fresh in the storage, keep the following things in mind.

  1. Always refrigerate your corn if you are not going to consume it immediately. The low temperature of the fridge will keep the content of the simple sugars high whilst slowing down their breakdown into bland-tasting starch.
  1. Do not remove the husk. You can remove the outermost dirty leaves but keeping at least a few leaves intact will lock the moisture inside the corn kernels.
  1. Wrap a plastic sheet around the corn on the cob. Wrapping too tight will result in collecting water inside that will lead to fungal growth, so, keep it a little loose.

How to freeze corn on the cob?

There are two ways to freeze store corn on the cob.

  1. Simply place the corn on the cob with the husk intact inside the freezer bags. Label and store for about 8 months.
  1. The second method is to blanch before freeze storing. For this, blanch the corn on the cob in boiling hot water for 4 minutes. Remove from the water and let it sit in ice-cold water for 4 minutes to stop the cooking process. 

Now remove the corn kernels off the cob and store them in a freezer bag. Store in small portion sizes and label the bags

How to eat raw corn on the cob?

  1. Choose the freshest corn. It is best If you are buying from the farmers market. Fresh and young corn is more juicy and sweet. With time the sugars convert into starch and the kernels shrink.
  1. Remove the silk and the husk from the corn and clean it under cold running water. Do not keep the corn longer after you have removed the husk. The stalks are the last defense of the corn on the cob.
  1. Now either bite into the succulent corn kernels while they are on the cob or you can cut the kernels using a shape knife
  1. Eat the corn kernels as is or make it part of your salad bowls or corn salsa. For the salad, combine corn, diced red bell pepper, diced carrot, chopped cilantro or parsley, and salt to taste. Add corn to diced jalapeno, onion, tomato, garlic, and cilantro to make corn salsa.

How to pick ripe corn?

The husk should be bright green and spot-free. The silky fibers at the end of the cob should be golden and fresh. If they look dried out, corn is not fresh. 

How to tell if the corn is bad?

Corn, cooked or uncooked, will eventually go bad if kept for too long or stored incorrectly. There are a number of ways you can tell if the corn is ready to be tossed in the bin.

  1. If the corn kernels start giving off a rancid or sour smell, toss it in the bin.
  1. If the corn kernels appear slimy and sticky to touch, it is a clear indication of mold growth. Discard it immediately.

Some corn recipes

  • Toss roasted corn on the cob with lime and chiles and melt some cheese on top.
  • Coat grilled corn with lime butter and queso fresco. Sprinkle with homemade Ancho Chile Rub to make it hotter. 

If you do not like the coating to be too spicy, rub it with some mayonnaise, chili powder, and garlic salt. Alternatively, serve grilled corn rubbed with spicy jalapeno, lime, garlic, and paprika butter.

  • Cook some thick pappardelle in a sauce based on corn on the cob and tomatoes. For a healthier option, incorporate corn in Panzanella along with other vegetables and bread.

Other FAQs about Corn that you may be interested in.

How do you know when corn is done?

Can cats eat corn husks?

Can rats eat corn?


In this article, we answered the question “How long can you keep cooked corn on the cob?”, and how to store raw corn on the cob?


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