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Corn on the cob is one of the tastiest and simple treats to cook and eat. Fresh local corn during the summer months is divine, and the imported stuff you can get during the rest of the year is sometimes not half bad either.

This Instructable explains the cave man simple, 3 minute quick recipe for boiling corn on the cob.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • fresh corn
  • butter
  • salt

Step 2: Shuck the Corn

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Shuck the ears of corn. I've always shucked corn into an used brown paper bag...I'm not sure why, it just always seemed like the right place to shuck corn.

Step 3: Boil Water in a Large Pot

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Boil a large pot of lightly salted water. Some say that boiling the corn in salted water will actually toughen the corn, however I haven't ever found this to be a problem, especially when the water is just lightly salted.

If you're concerned, do some tests on your own and come to your own conclusions.

Step 4: Boil Corn in Water

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Place the corn into the boiling water and cook for exactly 3 minutes. Cooking the corn too long will cause the kernels to be mushy, so watch the clock carefully. If the ears of corn are small, or young, you can boil them for even shorter amounts of time.

Really tender corn that's just been picked only needs to boil for 30 to 60 seconds, just long enough to heat it up.

Step 5: Remove the Corn from the Water

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Remove the corn from the boiling water and serve steaming hot with butter and salt (both optional).
lfors11 year ago

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criggie4 years ago
Cooking in the microwave works suprisingly well too, and you don't leach out nutrients into the water.
YendorZ4 years ago
Truly a American classic here!

An alternate take, is:
1. Soak the corn, husk and all, in water for about an hour. This is optional, but makes really juicy corn.
2. Throw the corn, husk and all, into the coals of a campfire. On a grill works too.
3. Cook for about 10 minutes (depending on fire temperature).
4. Shuck and eat.

The sugars in the corn husk carmelize nicely when heated, and the husk keeps the moisture in the corn. A sweeter and juicier ear of corn has never been tasted. No butter or salt required (although it's good too.)

An excellent seasoning for corn is a spice called 'sumac', common at Persian restaurants. It's a coarse brown powder that has a similar taste as saffron. It's also great on popcorn.
kobra85 years ago
As far as am concerned neither salt or butter are optional! Yummy!
pechka5 years ago
Extreme NOM-yum!  Instead of a pinch of salt, try adding just a little bit of white vineagar to the water, maybe 3 Tbsp per 5 gal. of water.  It really sparks up the sweetness.  Hope that I don't drool myself to death thinking about this.....
Glentana5 years ago
I absolutely LOVE corn on the cob!!!!!! One of my FAVOURITE foods!!
sgsidekick6 years ago
my grandfather used to add a pinch of sugar as well as salt to the boiling water. Yum Yum!!
Kaiven6 years ago
I love cornies! Wait a sec... you said the cave man way... They didn't have butter did they?
Derin6 years ago
we have been doing that for a long time
bumpus6 years ago
OM NOM NOM NOM! I love corn! :D