You’ve made it home from the farmer’s market with a nice, fresh bag of My Dad’s Sweet Corn—now how should you prepare it? There are several different ways to cook sweet corn. We’ve put together instructions and a few videos outlining some time-honored methods below.
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Boiling is one of the most popular and traditional ways of preparing sweet corn. It’s also one of the simplest!
- Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Insert husked and de-silked ears into boiling water (once the ears are inserted, the water will quit boiling temporarily).
- When the water starts to boil again after the ears are inserted, wait another 3 minutes and remove the corn.
When you’re short on time, the microwave is the perfect way to get corn on your plate, fast. These instructions are based on 4 ears of corn. For other quantities, figure on 45-60 seconds per ear.
Helpful tip: For best results in the microwave, leave the husk on the corn and don’t soak the corn beforehand.
- Place 4 ears on a plate and cook 4 minutes.
- Turn the plate 180 degrees, roll the ears to the other side, and cook another 4 minutes.
- Carefully remove the corn.
Grilling / Open Coals
What says summer more than corn on the grill or fire? Here’s how to cook corn on the grill or in open coals.
- Let all corn soak in cold water, with the husk on, for at least 1 hour.
- Take out the corn and place it on the open coals or grill.
- Cook corn on one side until husk starts to appear dark, then turn the corn over and repeat.
How to Store Corn
Refrigerator (short term)
When you can’t eat your sweet corn right away, we recommend storing it in the refrigerator. Remember, though, that the sweetness of sweet corn decreases and turns to starch over time—so don’t wait too long!
Follow these tips to keep your sweet corn tasty:
- Cut off the silks at the top
- Keep the husks on.
- Use within a week for optimal sweetness.
Freezing Instructions (long term)
My Dad’s Sweet Corn is easy to freeze and enjoy during the long winter months. To keep corn for up to 12 months, simply follow these steps:
- Shuck the corn (watch the video below for shucking tips)
- Boil for 2 minutes
- Cool corn completely in an ice bath
- Remove corn from cob by cutting off the top half of kernels
- Scrape cob to remove remaining pulp and juice
- Place corn in freezer bags and lay flat to freeze.
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