It’s good to see all the gardens starting to produce. After the wet spring that we have had in the Midwest, it looks like Local Sweet Corn will start real soon. Many people, including myself, consider sweet corn a real favorite that goes well with many meals, Summer BBQ’s, or it can be a meal in itself. By the second week of August until freeze, sweet corn should be available for all to enjoy.
When selecting sweet corn to purchase, look for corn that is good sized, fresh with green leaves, with plump ears, and not dented.
Some of the ways I like to prepare sweet corn are determined by how I am preparing the rest of my meal that day. If I am planning to grill, then I will grill the sweet corn. If cooking inside, I prepare using stove or microwave. Here are a few ways I like to prepare my sweet corn.
GRILLING Sweet Corn
- Peel husk down to about 2 inches from bottom of cob, remove silk & pull husk back up.
- OPTIONAL- Tie string around cob to hold husk in place
- Soak cob in cold water for about an hour before grilling.
- Place on heated grill for about 20 minutes, rotating every 5 minutes or so. Corn will appear done earlier; leave on as it will take that long to be done. Take off grill, and enjoy.
MICROWAVING Sweet Corn
- Husk off all leaves and silk.
- Place in microwave safe bowl, or tray & cover with plastic wrap.
- Microwave on high for 7 minutes if you have a couple in bowl.
- Carefully remove plastic & you are ready to eat.
BOILING Sweet Corn
- Fill pot half full of water and turn on high.
- Husk and peel corn.
- Place corn in pot of rapidly boiling water.
- Bring water back to a boil (about 20 minutes).
- Using tongues, carefully remove hot corn from pot. Let cool for a moment or so, and you are ready to eat.
Sweet corn has only about 125 calories per ear of corn, and has a perfect NuVal score of 100. What you decide to put on that corn is up to you. Some favorites of mine are salt and butter, but if you are watching your health and/or calorie intake, just plain old corn is delicious too.
We have waited for this season. Hope you enjoy as much as my family does.
Coborn’s, Inc. Produce Merchandiser
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