Thursday, August 11, 2011

Corn's Ready!!! How to Pick and cook Corn

 Remember when I planted my corn....way back on the last frost day?  May 10th!  Well Harvest time is here!  Look how tall it is now!  It's amazing how something so big can grow from something so small!  It amazes me every year how seeds just know what to do.  I love seeing all those tall corn stalks.  Plus they make a cool forest for the kids.
 To tell when you corn is ready.  (Now this is for Sweet Corn)  You want to make sure the ears feel full and plump (I like that word) and the silk that is exposed should be completely brown and dry.  If you aren't sure, make a slit in the husk with a knife or peel back the top a little and stick your fingernail or knife in one of the kernels and the liquid that comes out should be translucent not opaque or watery.
If your corn meets those standards it's ready to be picked.  The explanation of how to do this is more complex than the action really is.  Grab the corn and pull it back (away from the stalk) and down(toward the ground) in one motion.  I usually grab  the corn with my hand upside down thumb pointing down. Then to completely release the corn lift it straight up.

Now on to cooking these babies.  Fill a large pot with water and add 1/2 C. of sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Once the water is boiling add the corn and cook for no more than 8 minutes.  Remove from the water and slather in butter and salt!  Yumm!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting! I've never put sugar in my corn water. I'll have to give it a try.