Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Microwave Magic – No Muss No Fuss Corn on the Cob

July in the Midwestern United States means a wonderful thing – fresh produce, including corn on the cob. Yum! We bought our first half dozen ears at Saturday’s outdoor market.

In past we bought it from the grocery store. Not anymore. The sweetness begins turning to starch fast, and this process accelerates as soon as the ears are shucked. That last was news to us.

Last summer I painstakingly peeled back each husk, removed what silk I could, pulled up the husk, then soaked them several minutes while my husband fired up the grill. Then my guy found this YouTube video by
Matt Taylor.

What a revelation! Popping an ear straight from the shopping bag into our (1100 watt) microwave for three minutes cooked the kernels to perfection. And just as shown in this image from his video, the silk came away clean.

Is that not beautiful?
Do you know why they are called ears? Is there a similar shortcut you would recommend for a favorite vegetable?

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18 comments:

  1. This is the way we've been doing corn on the cob for years. It's brilliant for sure. Less work as well.

    Have a fabulous day, Darla. Big hug. ♥

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  2. WOW, I hadn't heard about doing it in the microwave, we'll sure give it a go!

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  3. I did that once. How do you get the husk off without burning your fingers? That was my issue.

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    1. I just used a piece of paper towel to shield my hand. I'm sorry you got hurt. :(

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  4. My fave shortcut is frozen! haha...Nuke in micro. DONE. haha...I have not shucked corn in, wow, way too many years. Or snapped beans or peas. If you are nuking the ears, what happens to the worms? :) I did not know the answer to the corn and why called ears so I am going to look it up

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    1. Worms? Ugh... So far, I've not seen any. We're probably being poisoned by insecticides. ~sigh~ I like green beans from the fresh produce section and don't mind snapping off the ends. They turned out delicious from the air fryer, too. :)

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  5. I need to try that. I have trouble getting all the silks off.

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  6. OH you're making me hungry for corn and green beans. Now, you all aren't microwaving the green beans are you?

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    1. Actually, we found an air fryer recipe for green beans that turned out awesome!

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  7. I'll have to try it. My microwave is I think 750 watts

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    1. I imagine not. Wouldn't it be fun trading experiences of our respective regions' fresh local cuisine? :)

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  9. That looks super easy and quick, but we'll stick to mom's old-fashioned cooking method or grilling as we don't like using the microwave if we don't absolutely have to. Dad says the silk is just part of eating fresh corn on the cob anyway. Enjoy it no matter how it's done! We have it here all summer long.

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    1. I really don't mind the silk, either. Cleaning up after my husband shucks ears in the kitchen, though... That's another story. Heh... Last summer I shucked the ears outdoors and found the experience very relaxing.

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