Have you ever tried to shuck corn and wound up with strings all over your corn? I definitely have in the past! I was lamenting to my mum about my stringy-corn-problems and she gave me the best idea for how to shuck corn cleanly and easily every time!
Take your ear of corn and put it in the microwave two and a half minutes (If you have one ear of corn, put it in for two and half minutes. If you have two ears, put them in for five minutes, etc etc.).
Hold the corn in one hand with your gloves or towel, and with the other, chop off the butt of the corn with a sharp knife. You can use any type that works, but I find using a high quality serrated knife is easiest. The corn cob is pretty thick so using a serrated blade is more effective. Don’t cut your corn too close to the butt, make sure you cut about an inch or so away from the end.
Grab the top of the corn (with the dish towel or silicon mitt) and squeeze it until the corn starts to slide out of the bottom.
The corn will slide out cleanly and with no strings on it!
- Take your ear of corn and put it in the microwave (If you have one ear of corn, put it in for two and half minutes. If you have two ears, put them in for five minutes, etc etc.).
- Using a dish towel, take the corn out of the microwave, it will be hot!
- Cut off the bottom inch or so of the corn.
- Using a dish towel squeeze the corn holding it at the top until the corn slides out.
I am so glad my mum shared this kitchen hack with me, so I can share it with you! What are your favorite time-saving kitchen hacks? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
If you’re looking for a neat recipe to use your freshly shucked corn in, check out my recipe for Mexican Mac and Cheese!
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