Friday, September 23, 2011

How to Cook Corn on the Cob

I know corn on the cob season is almost over but as we were sitting at dinner the other night reflecting on how delicious the corn was that we were eating, my husband and I started talking about how people cook it so differently.

Growing up my dad was in charge of cooking the corn.  It always came out perfect and I assumed that everyone knew the best way to have this amazing little veggie.

As we were talking I realized that we had had some disgusting pieces of corn.  Mostly because the cooker didn't know how to cook it.  Corn is simple and doesn't need to be cooked very long.  This is one of the biggest mistakes people make.

This is what we do.  Barring that you don't have old corn, it will turn out amazing.

1.  First get the freshest corn you can find.  I prefer a bi-color (yellow and white) because they tend to be sweeter.  

2.  Schuck the corn and remove as much of the "hair" as possible.  Rinse each ear.

3.  In a large pot, bring water to a boil on high heat.  Your pot needs to be big enough that the corn can fit all the way in.  As soon as the water boils (and not one moment before) put corn in, making sure to cover pot with a lid.

4.  Let corn cook, covered, until water comes back to a boil.  This should take about 5-6 minutes, nothing longer.  Remove corn immediately and serve with butter and salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

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