Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cooking Tip: Corn on the Cob

When serving food in a high volume restaurant, one tends to look for ways to make things not only easier, but quicker. More often than not, the quicker and easier way does not produce an equal product. So it's not often we stumble upon cooking or set-up methods that make things easier or quicker, all while creating an equal or better product. But, "we" just may have stumbled upon one.......

Last week, when cooking dinner with some family, my aunt taught me a neat little trick that was not only quick and clean, but easy. In return, I thought it might be nice to share what I was taught with some of you, especially in the midst of sweet corn season.  

Usually, cleaning corn can be a messy chore. Tearing off all those little silk hairs can be a bit tedious and one can never quite seem to get them all. This simple trick helps to solve that little problem:

  • Take the corn on the cob - husk and all - and put it in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes. It will depend on the strength of your home microwave, but 3 to 4 minutes is about the average.
  • When the corn is done, take it out of the microwave and cut off the end where the knob sticks out, enough to cut off maybe an inch of the corn cob itself.
  • Use a napkin or hot pad to help with the next step, when you will grab the corn from the other end and start to squeeze the corn cob from the bottom until it slowly removes itself from the husk and the silk. 

If done properly, the corn on the cob will be done perfectly and not one single silk hair will remain. It's quick, it's clean, it's easy... and I hope it saves all of you some time this summer! 

Click here to view the video - We could have put a video together ourselves to teach you this method, but ol' Ken pretty much sums it up.

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