How to Cook Sweet Corn
Whether your local farm stand is offering whole bushels of sweet corn or your grocery store has just started setting out those amazingly tempting displays, you’ll find that sweet corn is on the menu at your place tonight! Sweet corn is one of those naturally delicious foods that taste great no matter how you prepare them, but if you are invested in getting all of the flavor out of this tasty grain, you need to think about how you can cook it. No matter what kind of tools you have, there are ways for you to cook sweet corn and have it turn out wonderfully.
When you are someone who is invested in keeping your kitchen simple, and if you want your sweet corn on the table as fast as possible, use your microwave. Stick two ears of corn, husk and all, into the microwave and cook them on high for between 4 to 6 minutes. If you know that the corn was picked recently, choose 4 minutes. After the corn comes out, very carefully shuck the husk, as the corn itself will be quite hot. If you have bought sweet corn that is not in the husk, wet a paper towel, and wrap it around the corn in place of the husk. At this point, the corn is ready to be brought to the table, hot and steaming! More information on how to microwave sweet corn.
Grilling for the Gold
When you have a medium hot grill to hand, there is no reason not to grill your sweet corn for a deliciously smoky flavor. Start by stripping your sweet corn but leaving the husks still attached. Remove all of the silk by scrubbing your hands over it to loosen it, and then brush the kernels with olive oil. While butter seems the perfect choice for this, olive oil has a lower boiling point, meaning that it will not burn your corn. This is also the perfect time to add some seasoning to the corn. Bundle the corn up in its husk again and secure it with string. Place it on the grill for fifteen minutes, turning it frequently. More information on grilling sweet corn.
When you are looking for a great way to get lots of corn cooked with zero fuss, think about boiling it. Shuck your sweet corn, removing all of the husk and all of the silk. Put on a large pot of water to boil, adding a pinch of salt to it as you do so. When the water is boiling hard, drop in the husked corn and allow it to sit in the water. Fresh corn is done in 3 to 5 minutes, while older corn finishes at around 6 to 8 minutes. More information on how to boil sweet corn.
Sweet corn is a simple joy, and if you are someone who wants that sweet taste as a compliment to your meals, remember that there are plenty of ways to eat it. Eating it off of the cob is wonderful, but don’t forget that it can be used in salsas, in salads and in a wide variety of other dishes as well!