6.11.2013

Microwave Cobbed Corn

I just found two typos in my last two posts.  It's embarrassing.  I work darn hard to write brilliantly, and it's disappointing to discover mistakes that have been on exhibit to the world for a week or more.  My daughter usually spots any errors, but she's on a road trip this month, so I'll blame her.   Free labor isn't what it used to be.

I wanted to share a corn-on-the-cob cooking method, which I just learned from a couple in the grocery store.  I saw this idea on Pinterest, so I don't claim it as my own.  However, the directions I saw were limited.  The couple in the grocery store told me exactly how to cook the corn in a microwave, and I've tried it twice now.  I doubt I'll ever use another method again. 

It's very complicated, so pay attention.

1.  Place unshucked ears of corn on a microwave proof plate and cook for four minutes per ear.  For these two ears, the total cooking time was eight minutes.  It's OK that the husks look discolored and icky.  They cook too.

2.  Next, grab a pot holder or a thick wad of paper towels (because the ears are very hot) and cut off the stem end of the ears, about an inch up.

3.  Using the pot holder, squeeze the silk end of the husk, working the corn down and out the open end.



The silk stays in the husk!  It's very exciting.

No silk on the corn.  One tiny strand on the cutting board, from the husk stripping, but the golden corn is silk-free. 

Slather the thing in butter, and there you go.  Steaming hot, tender, string-free corn.

I was joshing about this being complicated.  It's three steps: cook, cut, squeeze.  It's easy as pie.  Although, pie is not really easy; it's tricky.  Microwave corn-on-the-cob is not pie.

It's corn season, and I'm buying it often.  I usually add a final step, which is sawing the kernels off the cob with a sharp knife.  Then, we don't need dental floss after the meal.  

Try this method for cooking fresh corn, and let me know what you think.  (And if you find a typo, let me know that too.)


18 comments:

Cindy Dwyer said...

Who thinks of these things??? I'll have to try it.

And I'm with you. I usually cut the corn off the cob too.

Mari said...

What a great way to do corn. I'll be trying it!

Rita said...

Now that's clever!
I don't mind a few mistakes online. Doesn't bother me at all so I don't always notice them. :)

Jaime said...

I'll definitely give this a try. I love adding a touch of chili powder to my corn. It's yum.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

That's the only way I cook corn, too. Makes life a lot easier, doesn't it?

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Well see - I complicate things and buy my corn half naked or naked. ;-) I was scarred for life from shuckin' corn when I was little and every now and then there would be a worm underneath. I am afraid - very afraid of caterpillars and they kinda look the same. So anyway - as good of an idea as this is I would never do it. I do microwave corn though (naked) wrapped in a wet paper towel.

Michael Ann said...

Thank for sharing these step-by-step instructions. I am definitely going to try it!

Jerralea said...

I cook corn that way, too. It's great!

By the way, my hubby is my proof reader. Sometimes, I get excited and post before he looks at it. So then I go back and edit, hoping no one has noticed it yet.

Elizabeth said...

Sounds pretty simple (and I agree, pie isn't all that easy).
I work as an editor, but still find mistakes in my writing all the time. Frustrating!

Creations By Cindy said...

I saw this on line somewhere but have not tried it. I will NOW! Thanks
Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Stacey Lozano said...

Oh I had not seen this before. LOVE it. thanks for sharing!!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Microwaves are a great invention, I remember when they first came out my nan wouldn't use one she thought it would cause her to get Alezhiemer's

Karen Jones Gowen said...

This is making my mouth water for fresh corn on the cob.

SweetMarie said...

I will be eating corn on the cob this weekend! :) Thank you!
Happy Father's Day to your hubby. :)

Annmarie Pipa said...

yep...my friend sent this to me. perfect.

Farida said...

I love corn and I can't help to comment on this post! :D I never thought that a corn can be cooked in the microwave. We normally use a pressure cooker. Have a great weekend!

Marianne said...

Printing this out for Joe. You know I'm not allowed in the kitchen....

in the coop said...

That is a fabulous idea! I can't use it for a family meal, as it would take about 45 minutes to cook everyone's like that. However, I will be able to eat it more often with my lunch!
Great idea!