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Jul 22, 2007 02:00 PM

A very basic question about corn . . .

When the recipe calls for "1 cup of cooked, fresh corn kernels," do you cook the corn on the cob and then remove the kernels, or do you remove the kernels and then cook them?

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  1. Take them off first. You are going to need about 2 ears to get a cup.

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    1. re: Candy

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm in the middle of a recipe and I found myself stymied. And yes, the recipe notes that it's 2 ears.

    2. See, I think it's easier to cook them on the cob and then just quickly cut them off.

      Either way: A good tip so you don't have to pick corn kernels off your floor - put the cob in the hole of a bundt pan and then cut the kernels off. The kernels will fall into the wells of the pan instead of all over the kitchen.

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      1. re: laurendlewis

        NOW you tell me!!! I just finished cleaning the floor! (It looks like we were both posting at the same time)

        Okay. Now, for how long should the corn cook?

        1. re: CindyJ

          just long enough to warm them through. Fresh corn does not need much cooking.

          1. re: Candy

            It tasted tender enough to eat right off the cob. But I gave it about 4 minutes cooking time. YUM!

            1. re: CindyJ



              This handy little gadget from Kuhn Rikon can be foud in better kitchen shops. It is a corn zipper and makes very little mess.