So the guy who tells me about this is young and single. Why did I believe him? Because I had a bushel of Early Sunglow corn to deal with and no time to do anything fancy like cutting it off the cob and blanching, etc.
"It's the easiest thing ever," he said. "Just trim the outer leaves, pull the silk to remove what you can, then pack in freezer bags, vacuum seal, and freeze."
"That's it?" I asked. "No blanching, cutting off the cob?"
"Nope," he said. "Easiest thing in the world."
Easy things usually don't end up well. Usually you get what you pay--or work--for. But I had all that corn, and it would go to waste if I didn't try something fast.
So we followed his instructions, feeling doubt all the while. I trimmed the outer leaves, pulled at the silk tassel and packed the corn in bags. I don't have a vacuum sealer so I pressed out as much air from the bags as I could. They were pretty flat around the ears.
This evening we tested the corn. We started the grill and threw on a few ears straight from the freezer, and wrapped others in foil and put them over the coals. The result?
The ears put over the coals in their own husks, minus foil, were perfect and delicious. Steam from inside the husks evidently loosens the silk, so when we pulled back the husks the silk came away too.
The ears in the foil took longer to cook and weren't as good. They were a little softer. Perhaps with hotter coals they would have been fine. They were still just as good as any frozen corn on the cob I've ever eaten and better than most.
Bottom line: this is absolutely the easiest way I've ever, ever put up corn. Amazing.
Will it be as good in a month? Two months? I don't know, but after one week it was delicious.