We are smack dab in middle of fresh picked corn on the cob season, one of my favorite times of the year. We were so thrilled this weekend when we picked up some bison, and they told us that they were giving us corn on the cob free because we were such a good customer. We were planning on buying some anyway, but a freebie is always nice, even nicer when it’s just picked summer corn.
A few of us online were discussing the best way to cook our corn. Corn on the cob always brings me back to the summer days growing up when we all sat at the table slurping our salted, buttered corn, getting the kernals stuck between our teeth and braces, but oh so worth the cleanup.
Let’s talk about our favorite ways to cook our corn on the cob.
- Boil – We always stripped the husk and the silk, then threw the ears into a big pot of boiling water for about 20 minutes, or until the corn softened enough to poke with a fork. This is a delicious way, though if you cook too long, it can get a little water soaked. I’m amending this to less than ten minutes for a couple of ears. Twenty minutes is for about eight ears.
- Grill – This is the way we had the most variety. I peeled back the husks then pulled out the silk, put back the husks and soaked the corn before grilling. Gailann just stuck the corn on the cob onto the grill. Deb soaks the corn, then sticks it on the grill. I’ve also tried removing the silk, and then grilling without soaking. I declare Deb the winner. We found out that peeling back the husk and silk after it has grilled to be easier than before hand, plus the soaking helps to steam it. Warning, the husk will get a charred look to it, but the taste is perfect.
- Microwave – This is a cool way to do your corn, cool as in you aren’t standing over anything hot, like water or a grill. I husked the corn and peeled the silk, salted and buttered it, then microwaved it for 4 to 6 minutes turning it half way. Gailann says she uses plastic wrap, but I didn’t.
- Corn off the cob – a twitter friend suggested uncooked corn cut from the cob and used fresh in a salad without cooking it. This is my next experiment, it sounds like a really delicious way to have corn.
So, what is your favorite way to cook corn on the cob? Next up, corn poop – it’s a mystery! No, we won’t really go there.
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