Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Corn Cob Protocol

So now that corn on the cob is in season, I need some help with the proper buying technique. Until about 2 months ago, the only corn I ever purchased came in a can with a lot of murky juice. Being that I'm in culinary school and all, I'm venturing out into the fresh vegetable arena.

At the grocery, I'm noticing that a trash can is located within 2 feet of the fresh corn. People hover over it and feverishly shuck their corn. I check the price. Maybe it's by the pound. People must be disposing of the husks to avoid excess weight. Not true. The corn happens to be priced per cob.

I go to a different grocery. Same routine ensues.

Obviously I'm missing something. All comments and feedback are welcome. I'm in desperate need of understanding corn cob etiquette.


Tony said...

Hi Allison, this must be an american thing with the rubbish bin... we get our corn on the husk, sometimes cleaned of outer leaves sometimes not. Either way once prepared with olive oil and salt n pepper, wrapped in foil and on the BBQ.... you get that bit closer to a great BBQ

tracy said...

the thing for me is that the husks are a PAIN to strip and throw away in my own trash can because I have a small kitchen and a small trash can...

so, if I know I'm going to eat them soon, I shuck at the store where they have a big trash can.

Jenn said...

I copied this from the Food Network web site:

"Knee-high by the 4th of July and one of the true treats of summertime, sweet corn is always sweetest when it's fresh and in season. There are new breeds of corn that are super sweet, but you'll still have options of yellow, white, or mixed to choose from - and each have their own distinctive characteristics. Corn should definitely be eaten as soon as possible after it's shucked and should really be eaten on the same day you buy it. Check for freshness by seeing if the husk is still green and tight around the cob and the silk golden. You can peel back the husk a bit and break one of the kernels with your thumbnail - ripe corn will exude a milky liquid while overripe corn will have either no or clear liquid."

Hope that helps you! Great blog, by the way.

Susan said...

If you do shuck it at home, keep in mind that the silk gets everywhere. And be sure to get all of the silk off. It hides in between the kernels. We usually just boil the corn in a big pot. It doesn't take very long, maybe 5 minutes? The corn will get really golden. And delicious. We like it with butter, salt and pepper.