Corn Off the Cob in Under a Minute!
Dripping in butter, with a sprinkle of salt, a hint of spice or straight up as it was picked, fresh corn on the cob can’t be beat. But, if you’re one of the many who find this Canadian delicacy too messy or prefer it off the cob because of sensitive teeth we have a quick and easy solution!
This tip isn’t so much about how to slice corn from the cob (which is somewhat obvious), but how to do it efficiently. If you’ve ever tried to strip corn off the cob, it’s not so much the task as it is the mess. Those precious corn kernels fly everywhere! The solution? We found it on Youtube.
Chef Aran Goldsteing has perfected the practice. Not only quick and easy but also clean, keeping corn kernels contained and ready to cook. If you prefer a visual demonstration, head on over to his YouTube channel, Cook and Live W/ Chef Aran Goldstein. Otherwise, read on.
All you need to get started are 2 stainless steel bowls. One large and one small. Turn the small bowl so it’s face down inside the large bowl. Now, while holding the bottom of a shucked cob, place the top of the cob on the small bowl. Using an inexpensive serrated knife* carefully slice corn cleanly off the cob from top to bottom. The large bowl will catch each and every kernel as it pops off the cob. Now, you just have to decide how to cook it up – as a side dish, soup or the main course!!
*As Chef Aran explains, sometimes when cutting kernels from the cob you can go too far and hit the bowl, which can dull or damage the knife. So, don’t use an expensive knife for this task.
Interesting Note: Whether you like corn on or off the cob, a splash of lime butter may kick it up a notch. Simply melt a stick of butter in a small saucepan. Add 2 cloves of pressed garlic, 2 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, a pinch of cumin and the juice of one lime. Simmer over medium heat for a few minutes and voila! Brush or spoon melted lime butter over freshly cooked corn.
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