How to Store Corn on the Cob

Here's the right way to keep your corn so it'll stay fresh and delicious.

There are certain foods that simply taste like summer. We love bright tomatoes, juicy watermelon, crisp lettuce and of course, fresh corn on the cob with butter. Before you cook the corn, though, proper storage is essential. In fact, your storage method could be the difference between bland, starchy corn and perfect corn on the cob.

Read on for helpful tips on how to store corn to ensure the best flavor.

Keep It Cold

After you pick the best corn from the store or farmers market, the first thing to do is pop that corn in the refrigerator. If you’re going to eat it within the next few hours, storing it at room temperature probably won’t harm it. But for the best flavor, keep it cold. Why? It’s all about preserving the natural sugar in the corn. Once it’s picked, the sugar in the kernels start to break down and turn into starch. You can slow the process by keeping it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, the warm temperature will turn your cobs starchy.

Leave the Husks On

Whether you’re eating the corn later that day, or later that week, keep the husks on. Only shuck the corn right before you plan on using it. The husks keep the corn from drying out. If the corn is too bulky to fit in your refrigerator, you can remove a few of the outside leaves, but keep at least a couple of layers of husk intact. This will help keep them moist.

Wrap Corn in a Bag (Not Too Tight!)

Corn should be wrapped securely in a plastic bag before going in the refrigerator. In addition to the husk, the bag is another layer of protection to keep the corn moist. But make sure the bag allows for a little air circulation (a grocery produce bag works great). If the bag is sealed too tightly, it may trap too much moisture and cause mold to grow. You want to reduce dryness, while still allowing the corn to breathe.

And that’s it! Follow these steps and you’ll get juicy kernels in every bite once you’re ready to reheat it.

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Erica Young
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