Monday, September 26, 2011

Corn on the Cob Cooking Tips

With fall coming on in full swing... harvesting all those fruits and vegetables from the garden come as well. Plus fruit and vegetable stands are popping up everywhere with bountiful baskets of food to chose from.

Corn on the cob... a sure sign of fall.... Sometimes the ears aren't as sweet as we want them to be.

A surefire way to get the sweetest corn on the cob? Add some salt to the water when it is boiling. Well duh... I think everyone does that, but if you also add some sugar to your water, every cob of corn becomes even sweeter.

Fill a pot full of water and add the salt and sugar to the water. While the water comes to a boil, shuck the corn (remove the husks) and run them under cold water to remove any stubborn silk that wants to hold on. When the water is boiling, carefully add the cobs into the water. Cover the pot with a lid and let the corn boil for about 6-10 minutes (less if you want your corn more crunchy). Remove the corn from the boiling water with tongs and dress it up the way you like it best. I love rolling it in some butter and adding a small amount of salt and pepper.

Of course... there are other ways to cook corn on the cob. You can grill it, steam it or even microwave unshucked corn for 2-3 minutes.

Here's a recipe for tasty grilled corn on the cob:

{{Tasty BBQ Corn On The Cob}}

(printer friendly version)

1/2 cup butter, softened
cayenne pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch onion powder
salt & pepper to taste
6 ears corn, husked and cleaned

Preheat an outdoor grill to medium to high heat and lightly oil grate. In a medium bowl, combine cayenne pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, oregano, onion powder, salt and pepper. Add the softened butter and mix well. Apply this mixture to each ear of corn and then place each ear into a piece of aluminum foil, big enough to wrap up the corn. Wrap like a burrito and twist the ends to close. Grill over medium high heat for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the corn is tender when poked with a fork.

Enjoy the end of season's bounty...

Also here is a yummy Fresh Corn Casserole... a great way to use up corn on the cob in a new way.

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