The season of fresh sweet corn is short and, well, sweet! But working with the gorgeous, golden ears in the kitchen can be frustrating. Corn silk is stubborn, and removing kernels can be so messy.
That’s why we’re sharing our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of summer’s sweet corn.
1. Remove corn silk (yes, all of it)
Your produce brush is a handy tool for scrubbing corn silk off the cobs. After shucking the corn, gently brush each ear under running water. The silks will come right off. (Don’t have a produce brush? We like this one.)
2. Cut off kernels without the mess
Grab a chef’s knife and carefully stand the shucked ear in the center of a Bundt pan. If you don’t have one—or you don’t want to risk nicking its finish—use a small bowl inverted inside a larger one, like we did above. The pan (or bowl) will catch the kernels and milk from the fresh-cut corn. Try these other surprising uses for a Bundt pan.
Psst: 1 ear of fresh corn = 2/3 cup of kernels
3. Keep it warm on the go
If you’re on your way to a potluck and don’t want to cook corn on-site or tote it in a slow cooker, we’ve got you covered. All you need are some microwaveable hot packs (like those used for sore muscles) and a cooler. Heat the packs, then add them to the cooler with hot, individually wrapped ears of corn. Everything will stay heated and ready to eat.
4. Don’t forget, it freezes like a charm
Are you ready for sweet corn any time of the year? Follow this yummy freezer sweet corn recipe. Freeze in airtight containers allowing headspace for expansion. For an authentic farmhouse aesthetic, freeze it in Grandma’s vintage mason jar collection. People will ask you how your frozen corn tastes just as good as the fresh stuff.
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