Cooking Corn on the Cob

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How to cook corn on the cob perfectly - every time

We all know when it comes to cooking corn on the cob, it can be difficult.

Over the years I have tried many different ways, including boiling, steaming, microwaving with varying degrees of success.

What I found difficult was judging exactly when the corn was cooked perfectly. If it is under-cooked, it is still crunchy, over-cooking can make it dry and hard with no taste.

All I wanted was juicy perfectly cooked corn that was a delight to bite into.

My mother taught me to boil with a pinch of sugar, not salt, as salt makes it tough and sugar will keep it sweet. The trouble is, how long to cook it for. FAIL!!

Next, I tried steaming, cook until it just changes colour to a darker yellow. Usually, this turned out under-cooked. FAIL!!

Lastly, I tried the microwave. I found this generally made the corn tough. FAIL!!

Corn varies in its’ density and freshness, so I needed a way of cooking all types of corn.
The one common factor of my previous methods of cooking was that whilst they were still on the cob, they had the husk (green leaves and strings/whiskers) removed.

After many years of trial and failure, I have now found the perfect way to cook corn on the cob every time. Simple, easy, no mess, and no dishes.
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Step 1

Buy fresh corn with the husk still attached (must be complete husk, no partial).
Place cob of corn in microwave straight onto the turntable.
Cook on high for 3 ½ minutes. (Times may vary depending on your microwave.)

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Step 2

When cooked use pot holders or oven mitts to remove the corn cob. (It will be hot).

Place flat on cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut off the stalk end so that the corn kernels are exposed.

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Step 3

Stand corn upright and using both hands with pot holders or oven mitts, squeeze the corn cob out of the husk from the top end (where the strings are).

The corn will slip out, be perfectly cooked and string free.

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Perfection

You can then cut your cob into serving sizes or leave whole. Note: It is much easier to cut once it has been cooked.
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