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Old 08-27-2007, 07:16 PM   #1
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Corn: What not to do...

I had a few ears of corn from my neighbors garden. The first few, I actually just sliced off the kernels and put them raw in some salads. It was fresh, juicy, all was well.

Tonight I thought I would boil it, because I had it for a few days and thought it would benefit from some cooking. Too bad I screwed it up. You might be thinking, how in the world could anyone screw up corn.... I thought I would post this so nobody else would ruin their corn. I filled a pot with water, then put a lot of salt in it, brought it to a boil, put the corn in, cooked it for about 5 minutes. When I took it out it, it was really tough. So I did a quick search on how to cook corn. I should have done that to begin with. Salt was the culprit.

Mental note - don't salt the water when you cook corn.

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Old 08-27-2007, 07:23 PM   #2
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If you have only a couple ears to cook, try taking the dark green outer leaves off and microwave for 6 mins. - yum. I Have been doing it this way for a month now. It is so good and easy ! Hubby and I have been having one every night with our meal. (Still camping) ! The silk and other leaves comes off so easy - use a potholder, or wait it out like I do !!
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Sorry about your corn, foodie. Just consider it a jaw workout.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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If you have only a couple ears to cook, try taking the dark green outer leaves off and microwave for 6 mins. - yum. I Have been doing it this way for a month now. It is so good and easy ! Hubby and I have been having one every night with our meal. (Still camping) ! The silk and other leaves comes off so easy - use a potholder, or wait it out like I do !!

I didn't even think of the microwave - thanks Barb! I'll definitely try that next time.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:05 PM   #5
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I'm weird, when i was a child (kinda still am...lol) boiling was the only way anyone in the family did corn. I refuse to boil it. I roast it in the oven(husk on, no prep) or grill it the same way. That is the best in my opinion
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how long does it take when you roast it Chef_Jimmy?

mental note: no salt :)
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I take all of the leaves of and grill it, no soaking....just a few minutes on the grill and that is it. You can see when it is ready to turn as the kernels turn a darker shade of gold. It is delicious!!!!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:48 AM   #8
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Corn starts getting tough after about 24 hours, the sugars turn to starch. That's why we will not eat corn unless we buy it from a local farm, and it was picked that very day. If we don't eat it that day, we toss it, it's just too chewy and we are too picky. That's probably why your corn was chewy, it was getting old.

To cook corn we just put a few inches of water in a pot, add the corn, and cook it for about 5-10 minutes, no longer. The corn is basically steamed. On the grill or in the microwave as already mentioned would be other great steaming options. I love corn! We had some last night.
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You should always salt the water when you cook corn, IMO.

Salting the water does not make it tough.

Boiling corn for 5 minutes is too long. That can make it tough. Plus, the corn itself could have been tough, something you might not have noticed when you ate it raw.

I grew up in Iowa and ate corn so much it started to make me sick. It was years before I could enjoy it again.

To cook corn, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Drop in husked corn. Turn off heat and cover pot. Corn is done when you can smell it -- generally about 5 min.

Corn is almost all water and is more delicate than you might think. Recall how good it tasted raw? That's why you never want to overcook corn.
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You should always salt the water when you cook corn, IMO.

Salting the water does not make it tough.

Boiling corn for 5 minutes is too long. That can make it tough. Plus, the corn itself could have been tough, something you might not have noticed when you ate it raw.

I grew up in Iowa and ate corn so much it started to make me sick. It was years before I could enjoy it again.

To cook corn, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Drop in husked corn. Turn off heat and cover pot. Corn is done when you can smell it -- generally about 5 min.

Corn is almost all water and is more delicate than you might think. Recall how good it tasted raw? That's why you never want to overcook corn.

Thanks Miss Jenny...

I was thinking I was going against the grain My family has always salted the water. As has already been stated, freshness and not over cooking are the key points
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