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Old 08-09-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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How long do you boil your sweet corn?

A friend gave me these instructions: Bring salted water to a boil, add corn, bring water back to a boil and cook 3 minutes.
I like it that way, but my husband doesn't think it gets cooked enough. But when he cooks it, it gets wrinkled and soggy.

So, when you all boil corn, how long do you let it cook?

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Old 08-09-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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Just over 5 mins.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:17 AM   #3
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I steam mine. I have a steamer thingy, an outside SS pot about 6 or 8 quarts, with a perforated insert. Steam them for about 5 minutes when it is young and tender, a few minutes longer when older.

Flashback to my culinary challanged mother, standing over the boiling kettle, 30 minutes passes, she muses, I wonder if the corn is done........on those were the (mushy) days........
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:24 AM   #4
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As you know, sweet corn at the peak of freshness can be eaten raw it is so sweet and tender. To your question, I only cook it briefly. Five minutes maybe?? Mostly I go by color. When it turns a darker yellow, its time to eat!!
Some folks also claim that boiling in "salted' water will toughen it. I dunno! I've done it both ways, and I prefer a little salt in the water. In my opinion if it is cooked to a wrinkly, soft point it is over-cooked big time!

So ya cook it like you like it! We all know who the boss is up there anyway!!

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Old 08-09-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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Yup, three to five minutes is all that's needed for young, sweet corn - then butter and salt it and eat - mmmmm.

Maybe when he cooks, he could put your corn in three minutes before his is done. My DH likes his hamburgers medium-rare, while I like mine medium-well so he just puts his on after mine have cooked for a few minutes.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:12 AM   #6
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Nothing worse thatn overcooked corn. Corn is almost all water and doesn't really need to be cooked much at all.



Bring well-salted water to a boil. Put in corn. Turn OFF heat.

Corn is done when you can smell it. About 3-5 min. Do not overcook it!
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:46 AM   #7
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If I'm buying corn at the supermarket where - even tho the kernels look fresh & plump - I can't be sure how old it is, I put it in the pot, bring the water to a boil, boil for 5 minutes, & then turn the heat off.

However, when I'm buying from one of our local farmers, I put it in the pot, let the water just come to a boil & turn it off right away. That seems to be more than enough time for fresh picked-that-morning corn.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:03 PM   #8
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Drop the husked corn into a lartge pot of boiling water, bring it back to a boil and turn off the heat. Leave the pot covered for 5 minutes and your first serving is ready. The remaining ears will be good to go in the pot for another 10 minutes.

I usually bake it. Preheatthe oven to 350 F. Remove the loose silk and leave the husk on. Place the ears directly on the oven shelf and bake for 30 minutes. Peel and serve.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #9
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I've always wondered how long it took to boil corn. I haven't had it that way in ages. I've been grilling corn a couple times a week for the past several weeks. In the husk, high heat for 35 to 45 minutes. Hard to believe there's such a big difference in cooking time from boiling..... at least for me. I think I'll stick with the grill though
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I've always wondered how long it took to boil corn. I haven't had it that way in ages. I've been grilling corn a couple times a week for the past several weeks. In the husk, high heat for 35 to 45 minutes. Hard to believe there's such a big difference in cooking time from boiling..... at least for me. I think I'll stick with the grill though
I only grill mine in the husk for maybe 10-12 minutes and it's well-cooked by then.
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