How do you prepare your corn on the cob?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
July 10, 2008 4:41pm CST
Some boil theirs, others can microwave it wrapped in a wet paper towels. My hubby microwaved it for dinner tonight.It was wonderful. A bit of butter, and some pepper YUMMY!
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17 responses
@snowy22315 (52595)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I never heard of microwaving it. That sounds really easy and good. Just recently I made it on the grill for the first time. That was really good. Tyler Florence on the food network made it in the oven with the husks still on. That looked interesting.
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• Canada
12 Jul 08
I always microwave our corn...but I just take off a few of the outer leaves, it seems to be tastier as the flavour isn't boiled away. The leaves seem to keep it moist & tender! Often we have it with garlic, dill or lemon butter! Happy gnawing!
• United States
10 Jul 08
Wrap it in foil, and grill it out back. ;D
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• United States
10 Jul 08
We leave it in the husk and throw it on the grill. It comes out perfectly moist and with just the right amount of crunch each time. Cooking it without shucking it also makes it sooo much easier to get the silk off when you want to eat it.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Do you pull the husks back first and soak them in water, then pull them back up over the corn and tie them on before grilling? I have heard you have to do that to keep them from drying out and to keep the husks from burning up and ruining the corn. In that way you can take the silks off when you pull the husks back before soaking. I have never grilled mine but I really want to try it sometime.
• United States
10 Jul 08
I've heard people saying that you have to do it that way, but we don't and have never had a fire or nasty corn. We'll tear off the silk outside the husk, if there's a lot of it, but we don't pull the husk back to get at it. To keep it from burning and drying out, all you have to do is make sure it's not on the grill too long.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
11 Jul 08
Another question, since you can't actually see the corn with it covered up either in the husks or foil, how do you know you have cooked it long enough?
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
25 Jul 08
We boil ours. just toss it in a pan of water and sprinkle a little sugar over it and bring it to a boil. boil a few minutes and its done. we add butter and salt to ours. mmmm now i'm hungry for some corn on the cob! lol. my husbands grandparents live out by farms and there are fields all around them. they have a guy who plants corn for them and the whole family gets some when it is done. Last year we came home with 2 huge laundry baskets full of corn. I shucked it all and then cooked it and froze it. It lasts a long time, almost till its time again lol.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
22 Jul 08
My gramps microwaved his still in the husks. I however boil mine fore baout 6-10 minutes. add butter salt and pepper and yum! a delightful sweet treat. We like the peaches and cream variety and the cotton candy one.. it is extra sweet.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I microwave mine most of the time, but I do it with the husk still on it. I just pop it in for about 4 minutes and then let it sit in the microwave for a few more minutes because it continues to cook.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
14 Jul 08
Hadn't thought of paper towels, but heard somewhere about wrapping the buttered cob in saran wrap and nuking for about a minute. Tried it and it was great! Will give the paper towels a try if corn comes to an affordable price this summer!
@Hayley_N (526)
• Argentina
14 Jul 08
here are several choices, and all of them simple and delicious. Probably the most common is to boil them. You can remove the leaves and the little silks from the ear first, or remove only the toughest outer leaves and boil them in the husks. The silks are more easily removed once the corn has been cooked. Put the ears in boiling water. How long you leave them there depends on your tastes. Some people boil them only long enough to warm the ears — a minute or so. Others like them more done, and leave them in the pot for 3/5/7 minutes or more. Another option is to microwave the corn. Again, you can shuck before of after cooking. If you shuck first, wrap the ears in damp paper towels, and put them in the microwave. Cook them on high until you smell the corn, which will be 6 to 9 minutes for a few ears or 12 to 14 minutes for a half-dozen ears. You should turn them around about halfway through. If you’re shucking after cooking, use a dish towel or oven mitts to protect your hands from the heat as you shuck. You can also grill corn. And guess what? It can be in the husk or out of it. For a milder flavor, soak the corn in husks in cold water for at least a half hour. Put them on a hot grill, turn them every couple of minutes, and and cook until they’re evenly heated on all sides, which can take anywhere from 8 to 15 minutes. Again, the silks will come off more easily after cooking. If you husk first, you’ll get a much more intense grilled-corn flavor, and will want to grill the ears for 5 to 7 minutes, turning them occasionally to expose all surfaces to the heat. The final option — and our new favorite — is to mostly shuck the corn before grilling. There are other options, as well. Corn can be cooked beautifully and quickly in a pressure cooker. It can be beautifully steamed, though not nearly as quickly. It can be also be baked in the oven — either in foil or (somewhat sloppily) in the husk.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I have always cooked mine in boiling water. My husbands grandma made it in the microwave the last time we went to her house. I like boiling it though and putting lots of butter and some salt on it.
@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
11 Jul 08
I normally boil my corn on the cob, but my favorite way to have it is on the grill. My mom used to rub butter all over the corn then wrap it in foil and cook it on the grill, oh it was so awesome. I even used to put a little bit of hot sauce or bbq sauce on it to add a little spice to it. Man, I wish I could go back to when I lived at home and got to eat mom's cooking all the time...lol!
• United States
10 Jul 08
I never do well with boiling corn. Some people say it gets juicier. I tend to just take the corn husk and all and microwave it for four minutes. It seems to work just fine. Simple, quick, but perhaps your mileage will vary if you have to make dinner for several people. I nuke the corn one husk at a time, so I'm not entirely sure if it works well with more than one husk in at a time.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I love corn on the cob but we have not had any for quite some time. I love to butter mine and wrap them in aluminum foil and cook them on the grill outside. I also like to boil them in butter water and then butter them again when I take them out to eat them.
@capirani (1841)
• United States
10 Jul 08
This discussion is really making me hungry! I would love to try it grilled with the husks on but have never had it grilled at all. When I make it I bring a pan of water to boil, then add the corn and let it boil for about 10 minutes, until it has darkened some in coloring, then eat it. Sometimes I use butter, but trying to be more healthy, so I don't use butter or margarine or salt most of the time. It is really good just plain like that with the natural flavors uncovered.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I boil mine. Add a lot of butter and some salt and you're good to go. If I have fresh tomatoes, sometimes I llike to make a BLT to go with the cron on the cob and instead of butter use the bacon grease on the corn. Thats real good too! I have not had the opportunity to have fresh corn this year yet, but am looking forward to it!
@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Jul 08
I usually boil mine, but I don't like it overcooked. Some would even say I like it raw But I do like it hot enough to melt butter.
@Cocoa33 (921)
• United States
10 Jul 08
i boil my corn. then i take it out of the water. i put it paper towel to get rid to the water. i put butter all over it, then a little bit of salt.
• United States
10 Jul 08
Some times we boil it and then put butter on them but during the summer we wrap them in foil and cook them on the BBQ. I love corn on the cob on a warm day.