Five Ways To Cook Corn On The Cob
I love corn on the cob. In the summer, you can always find the freshest corn around my home and we love to buy it directly from roadside vegetable stands. The corn is usually much better than what you can buy in the grocery stores and there are plenty of ways to cook it. If cooking anything really worries you, you'll find that this food can be made in a variety of different ways. Here are five of them.
This is probably the most often recognized way to cook fresh corn on the cob. When you get the corn home, cut off a piece from both ends for easy husking. Remove the silk on the corn by rubbing them gently with a damp paper towel. Place the corn in a pot of plain, boiling water and turn down the heat to medium. Bring the water to a boil again and let the corn boil for about four minutes. When it is done, you can smell it cooking. Remove from the the water and eat. Total Prep Time: About 30-45 minutes.
This is an excellent way to cook corn on the cob if you are taxed for time or if you don't want to spend that time boiling water and cooking corn. It also works well for people that don't have a lot of corn to cook. There are two camps in cooking corn on the cob in the microwave. Husk on and Husk off. I believe the husk on method gives you an unevenly cooked corn and it is a pain to peel off the husk when it is cooked. Husk off is easier. Cut off the ends and husk and pull off the silk as shown above. Then, wrap your corn in wet paper towels and put in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes per ear of corn. You can also brush the corn with butter or oil, but I stay away from all oil and prefer it just the way it is. Total Prep Time: About 5 minutes.
Prepare the corn, by husking it, as if you were going to boil it or put it into he microwave. You can alternatively leave the husk on, but soak it in water. After you've done this, place the corn in a baking dish, wrapped in tin foil. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and put the corn in the oven for about 15 minutes. The corn comes out great! Total Prep Time: About 20 minutes.
If you're really looking preserve the vitamins and nutrients of your corn, try putting it into your toaster oven. Just like we've done in the other methods, shuck your corn. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees and place the corn in the oven for about 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, turn the corn over and put it in for another 15 minutes. The corn will really come out good.
This is a tasty and different way of cooking your corn. I like this method because it gives the corn a smokey flavor if you are using a charcoal grill. In this case, I typically leave the husks on the corn. I do open them up so we can get rid of the silks and then replace the husks. You can also stem the bottoms and tie the ears of corn back up by tying thin strips of the husk around the corn. Then you just place the corn on the grill and sit back and enjoy a beer! The corn will cook in about 15 to 20 minutes. Total Prep Time: About 30 minutes.