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Corn Cooking Tips

– Posted in: Food, Summer Season
Vegetable Tips | Florida Sweet Corn

Someone asked me the other day about cooking corn – specifically, if they could grill it, and how.  They not only got an answer to their specific question, but they also got an earful of other facts and tips!

If you’re like me and use fresh corn in casseroles and other dishes, please remember that one ear of corn is equivalent to about ½ – ¾ cup of kernels.   Also, don’t salt the water too much.  Excess salt can make the corn tough.

So … the next time you find yourself up to your ears in corn, try using some of these useful and helpful tips –

  • Be smart about buying.  Corn will taste fresh up to a week after picking.  That being said, it is still better to eat corn as soon after picking as possible.  Why?  Because once the corn is picked, the sugars start to immediately convert to starch.  So, the sooner you can eat it, the more you will enjoy its natural sweetness!
  • Pick the freshest lot.  The kernels should look plump and tight.  The green husks should be moist, and the silk should look glossy – with a greenish hue.   If the silk has the color of straw – then pass!  The corn is not fresh.
  • Silks be gone.  You can remove the corn silk in a multitude of ways using a variety of tools and brushes.  The best strategy at our house (although not the fanciest) is using an old-fashioned and inexpensive soft-bristle toothbrush!  I kid you not.  It is so easy to use, and it makes the chore of removing silk strands a breeze!

You can boil, microwave and grill corn on the cob.  The answer to my friend that inquired about grilling was this – “don’t take off the husks.  Peel them back and tie them together with kitchen string.  This will make for a great handle.  Pour some cold salted water in a pot and soak the corn for about 10 – 12 minutes.  Drain.  Corn will cook up nicely on a grill (med-high heat) in about 15 minutes if you keep the lid down.  Don’t forget to turn them every now and then so that the kernels cook uniformly throughout.”

Corn always tasted delicious when served with butter, salt and a variety of other seasonings. Later, when the fall season rolls around – this savory vegetable will not only taste good on the table – it will even help you out with your Fall Decorating!  There are not too many vegetables out there that can make that claim.

What’s not to love about corn?

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