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Tip: Cook corn in the husk

August 17th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Cooking for one, Cooking tips, Food preparation


Can corn on the cob relieve anxiety? Probably not, but maybe writing about it will.

The project I’m working on has me in a knot of anxiety, which I hate. I’m not usually an anxious person. I do like writing on this blog, though, so as a reward to myself for a day of teeth-gnashing on the book project, I offer up this quick post on the world’s easiest way to cook corn on the cob.

1. Inspect

Peek inside top of corn ear to make sure it doesn’t have a worm. (I don’t want to cook worms.)

2. Cook


Put the whole ear in the microwave, and zap it for 2 minutes. Turn it over and zap 1 minute. Remove from microwave and wait a minute or two.

3. Shuck


Using a towel or hot pads (the ear and its contents are hot!), pull back the corn husks and pull away the silks. If you haven’t cooked a whole ear before, you will not believe how easily the silks pull off when the ear has been cooked.

4. Eat


Adding butter is optional, but I kind of like it.

Anxiety arrested

I feel better now. I haven’t tried this with more than one ear at a time. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work with more. Just increase the cooking time, I reckon.


4 Comments so far ↓

  • Ed Bruske

    That’s the way we like to cook our corn as well, except we usually soak it in water first.

  • Diane

    That’s amazing! To have corn after the season I spend hours blanching it, then cooling it in ice water, drying with paper towels, and cutting it off of the cob for freezer packages. This is my kids’ favorite. We had one package (probably 20 ears) for a birthday dinner on Sunday. Sort of a ridiculous waste of time, but good.

  • Maxine

    I love the potholders!

  • Janet Majure

    I’m sure soaking in water would be a fine thing, Ed, but it certainly doesn’t seem necessary, at least for a single ear.

    Diane, I just froze some myself, but I cut it off the cob first. It’s getting to be past corn season, so I may just have to save that report for next year…

    Maxine, I’m sure you’re jealous!