How to Never Shuck Corn Again




Introduction: How to Never Shuck Corn Again

I absolutely hate shucking corn and picking off all the corn silk. I found out about this method and use it every time.

Step 1: Cooking

Get out your corn on the cob and place it in your microwave. Cook the corn on full power for 5 minutes.

(It's helpful to trim off the ends and scraggly leaves, too!)

Step 2: Cutting

Remove the corn from the microwave using oven mitts and cut about 1 inch off the bottom.

Step 3: Sliding

Hold the corn up from the opposite end and it will easily slide out completely clean.

If it doesn't come out easily, trim a little more off the bottom and try again!



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    1 year ago

    This did not work for me ? Maybe I did not cut enough of the ends off, but I had to do more than slide it out. After 5 minutes, in my usually too fast microwave, it was still not cooked enough. I will try again!

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    it was very tough!

    Ok.. I tried the corn thing but on the grill. I left the corn in its husk, submerged it in water to soak for about 5 minutes.. Then I put on the grill. When it was done, I cut of an inch of the big end and it came out nice and clean. Hot, so don't burn your fingers and it is soooo good. If you like it steamed this is the same.

    this I a great idea..I tried it and it works! Some people say they use plastic wrap in the microwave..I say stop! This is not safe. I did 41/2 minutes for one ear and it was perfect.

    :) What a WONDERFUL idea! Do you have ANY idea how long this method might take me if I only have 20 bushel baskets to prepare for the freezer?

    Was this corn ALREADY placed into the freezer in the shuck? With EVERYTHING that goes with it? And then microwaved?

    Great idea for the occasional cob or 2.

    Thank U very much! I just tried it out on some very tasty and Fresh Iowa Sweetcorn !Perfect !

    I just made this and it came out perfect!! I will never cook corn on the cob any other way! I cooked 3 ears for 10 minutes. Thank you!!!!

    Came out great...does not "slide right out" though, had to do some coaxing...

    Got so mad at my plastic wrap that I threw it out. I then bought corn on the cob and forgot I had no wrap to put the cobs in for the microwave. I remembered this post and tried it. To my surprise it not only worked, it was wonderful. Just squeezed out the corn and it came out of the husk clean and no silk! I have since bought a new box of plastic wrap but am hooked on the husk method. I would recommend a very sharp knife to cut off the end of the corn. It's a little tough to cut through so be careful!

    Thanks for the time for more than one ear. I was wondering about that. It would take a long time to make corn on the cob for a family of 4 one ear at a time! lol I had to use tongs to help pull the corn out but it definitely works!!! yayayayay

    Fabulous idea, I'd never thought about cutting off the bottom end. However, even if you don't cut the stem end off, and peel the husk back to use as a handle, the silks come off far more easily after the corn is cooked. And yes, it works on the grill, too. i USUALLY SOAK THE CORN IN SALTED WATER BEFORE I PUT IT ON THE GRILL, AND BRING THE POT OF SALTED WATER OUT WITH ME AND DUNK uh oh, sorry about the caps lock- the corn back in the salted water a couple of times while it's cooking. It takes longer that way, but I think it's worth it.

    We prefer our corn off the grill. Would this stil work?

    I always nuke COTC this way... but the non-shucking technique is truly brilliant!

    I can't wait to try this!

    Cooking the corn, in the husk, in the microwave, is steaming it. That is how microwaves work. They excite the water molecules. The water becomes steam. The husk traps the steam inside. Viola, steamed corn.

    Do you have to cook the corn in the microwave before it's able to be slid out? Nothing against microwaves, but I do prefer steamed corn.

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    The corn would probably slide out after a minute and a half. I also prefer it steamed but I don’t have a steaming basket so I wrap plastic wrap around the corn and steam it in the microwave.

    That's a great tip VACH. I will definitely give this a try. I too hate those silk strings and having to pick them all away. ;)