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How to cook corn on the cob

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Corn on the cob makes wonderful food items. They can be eaten for snacks or as side dishes and most people love them piping hot and slathered with butter. There are several ways on how to cook corn on the cob:

1. Boiling

This is the most popular method of cooking corn on the cob.

  • Fill a tall pot with water (enough to cover all the corn) and bring to a boil.
  • Take the silk and outer husk from the corn.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of salt into the water.
  • Add the corn.
  • Boil for 3-8 minutes.

Microwave cooking

This procedure is not suggested if you are cooking a large batch of corn.

  • Leave the corn complete with husk and silk and pop them in the microwave two at a time.
  • Set the microwave for 3-6 minutes.
  • Let them cool and shuck off the husks and silk.

Over the grill

Popular during summer cookouts, grilled corn on the cob has a distinct smoky flavour that is loved by many.

  • Peel the husks off the ears of corn but leave them on the stem.
  • Take off the all the silk.
  • Brush the corn with olive oil or butter.
  • Put the husks back up to cover the corn.
  • Secure the corn cob shut by tying with a string or using aluminium foil.
  • Using a medium-hot grill, roast the corn for 15 minutes or until the outer husks are toasted.
  • Let the corn get cool enough to be held (but not to turn cold).
  • Take off the husks.
  • Slather with butter.

Tips:

  • Cooked corn on the cob is usually served with butter and salt but others also like adding sugar or other spices.
  • Other corn variants such as sweet corn take less time to cook and have a softer texture when done.

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How to boil corn

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Corn is a favourite by many because of its versatility in dishes and its wonderful taste. Boiling corn is an easier and healthier way to cook corn compared to grilling, baking and popping. How to boil corn takes less than five steps:

How to boil corn

  1. Prepare the corn. Some people like boiling corn with the husk while others like them peeled.
  2. Fill a pot with enough water to cover all ears of corn.
  3. Allow the water to boil in high heat.
  4. Carefully put in the ears of corn into the boiling water.
  5. Drain the hot water and rinse the corn with colder water to halt the cooking process.
  6. Take out the corn after a few minutes. The corn is cooked in about 5 minutes but those who prefer softer corn kernels boil the corn for up to 10 minutes.

Additional Tips:

  • Adding sugar to the water sweetens the corn.
  • Overcooking the corn dries it out so 10 minutes is really the maximum amount of boiling time that is recommended.
  • Wait a few minutes before eating boiled corn because the core stores a lot of heat which can cause minor scalding.
  • Boiled corn can be seasoned with butter and salt, pepper or other condiments.
  • Some rub lime wedges on the corn then season it with salt.

Boiled corn is an excellent snack for picnics and other outdoor activities because it is easy to cook and pack. Boiled corn is also useful in baking corn-based breads and muffins and they taste yummy in soup dishes too.

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