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Get the Corn off the Cob

Cooking tips for the caring cook.

Corn Cob

Tips for removing corn from its cob

  • The easiest way to remove corn from a cob is to use a clean shoe horn.
  • To remove corn silk: Dampen an unused toothbrush and brush downward.
  • Another way: Line a tray with a towel that will collect the corn that falls - this will also protect the knife blade. Remove the corn husk, but leave the stem intact. Cut off the tip of the cob to create a flat end. With a chef's knife, slice the corn while you rotate the cob.


Shucking corn means removing the husks and silks from the corn cob. To remove pesky silks that are still clinging to the cob, try rubbing with a clean cloth, then pull the silks. If you have a lot of corn cobs to prepare and hate shucking corn, try microwaving the corn cobs first as this helps the husks and silks come off much easier.

A dampened paper towel or terry cloth brushed downward on a cob of corn will remove every strand of corn silk.

Fresh From the Field Corn

For the fresh-from-the-field flavor of corn steamed in its own husk, hold an unshucked ear of corn upright under cold running water until the water soaks well down inside the husk. Then lay it on a plate, microwave for two to four minutes, shuck and dig in.

Cooking Corn Cobs

  • Steam. Put corn in steamer basket; set in saucepan over 1 inch of boiling water. Cover tightly and steam about 3 minutes.
  • Speed-Boil. Bring 4 inches of water to boil in large saucepan. Add corn. After water returns to boil, cook 4 to 5 minutes; drain.
  • Grill. Heat grill to medium-high or prepare medium-hot fire. Place corn on grill rack and grill, turning once or twice, until half of kernels turn golden brown, about five minutes.
  • Zap. Place no more than four ears of corn, wrapped individually in damp paper towels, in microwave. Cook in high about two minutes per ear.

Cream Cheese for Corn Cooking Tip

Chef's Tips

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness. (Note: White corn is usually sweeter than yellow.)

Don't add salt to the water for making corn. You can salt it after it is cooked, if desired.

When preparing corn for dinner, instead of adding a pat of butter, try a little reduced-fat cream cheese. Let it stand a minute or two to melt then stir and serve. You will have rich-tasting corn with less fat.

Corn Cooking Tip

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