How to Store Corn on the Cob So It Stays Sweet and Fresh

published Jul 16, 2022
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With its sweet, juicy kernels, corn is one of my favorite things to serve at summer cookouts and potlucks. Whether it’s dripping with butter on the cob or tossed in a snappy salad, corn’s got a lot going for it. Depending on where you live, corn is in season from about May through September, usually peaking around July and August. Here’s how to properly store all that fresh corn you scored at the farmers market.

Pop it in the fridge.

To keep corn tasting its freshest, store it in the refrigerator as soon as possible. This preserves the sugars that give corn its sweetness. 

Keep the corn in its husk.

Corn comes with its own packaging: husks! Corn husks help retain moisture, which means juicy, plump kernels. Keep corn in the crisper drawer in a loose produce bag for an extra level of protection.

Use quickly or freeze for later.

Plan to enjoy fresh corn within about three days, or pop it in the freezer for up to 12 months. See our guide to how to freeze corn to learn how to do it properly.

Ready to use your fresh corn? Here are a few of our favorite recipes.