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Microwaved Corn on the Cob

robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 10:57 AM

Which is a better way of doing it...in the husk or wrapped in plastic wrap...I've tried it wrapped in plastic wrap and have still found the flavor to be pretty good. Haven't tried it with the husk on yet.

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    gourmanda RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 11:03 AM

    Neither. Husk it and steam it for 3-7 minutes depending on freshness of the corn.

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      swsidejim RE: gourmanda Sep 7, 2007 12:23 PM

      I agree, steaming the corn is the best way to go.

      My microwave is only used for boiling water quickly, or making bacon, other than that its timer function is typically all that it is used for. I do not like how microwaves "cook" things.

      Here in Illinois the corn season is winding down anyway, no more corn on the cob will be eaten by me until next year.

    2. monavano RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 11:08 AM

      I've used plastic wrap and it works well, but is hot to pick up and the steam can burn you. Now I usually use a cloth dish towel and wet it a bit. Wrap around the corn and zap.


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        Alan408 RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 11:10 AM

        I shuck the corn, place the corn in a heat resistant glass baking dish (aka pyrex), add 1T of water per ear, cover with plastic wrap and push the "auto" button on the microwave.

        1. jfood RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 11:11 AM

          corn and MV's have taken quite a beating this week. But jfood would strongly urge that if you are using plastic in an MV please use MV approved and try not to have the plastic wrap touch the food. jfood does not use any plastic wrap in the MV.

          That being said, if jfood needs to resort to the MV for corn, he husks, places in a deep dish with a little water and then drapes wax paper over the top. jfood still likes the grill with husk approach but sometimes that is not possible because of logistics.

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            pamd RE: jfood Sep 7, 2007 12:16 PM

            a few weeks ago we actually did a taste test with a bunch of ears....the tasters did not know how which ones were prepared. The microwaved ones were voted dryest by all testers.

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            Hue RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 02:01 PM

            We wrap in wax paper(trusty ole Cut-Rite) not plastic

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              rworange RE: Hue Sep 7, 2007 08:02 PM

              I used wax paper in the past. However, I now just nuke in the husk. Works fine.

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              buttertartz RE: robertjsweet Sep 7, 2007 08:43 PM

              Remove all of the husk but the last innermost layer. Pull down that layer of husk to remove the silk. Place the corn under running water to rinse off any remaining silk and to wet the husk. Pull the husk back over the corn. For a single ear, I using nuke on high for about 2 minutes depending on the freshness of the corn.

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                robertjsweet RE: robertjsweet Sep 8, 2007 11:27 AM

                I usually only microwave it for about a 1 1/4 minutes and turn over and then microwave for about a minute. Steam is usually venting and the corn stays hot for awhile. Always seems tender and sweet. I had been told that in the husk it will be even sweeter

                1. Quine RE: robertjsweet Sep 8, 2007 11:41 AM

                  Wow, I am definately in the minority. I just cut the stem end as close as possible to the cob, if theer are ragged outer husks, I remove those, then I wet, and pop it in a ziplock freezer baggie and MW it. I give maybe 60-90 sec per cob and let it rest a while in the MW, then a quick shuck (the silks come off so easy!), butter up and eat!.

                  I also like to take leftover cobs, slice and scrape the corn off them, toss with some steamed limas, cream and butter into pasta. Ah heaven!

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                    MakingSense RE: Quine Sep 8, 2007 12:42 PM

                    I'm in your group, Quine. Except I don't even bother with the ziplock bag. I just clean the corn exactly as you do, and pop it into the MW right in its husk.
                    Have to use a kitchen towel to pull the husks off the hot corn but the silks practically fall away - so much easier than before it's cooked!!!!
                    The corn is absolutely juicy and sweet but not wet from being inside plastic wrap.

                    I think the heated husks must add something to the flavor like tamales cooked in husks.

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                      Quine RE: MakingSense Sep 8, 2007 12:55 PM

                      Yes, I've done it that way as well, straight into the MW. I agree the husk definately adds to the flavor!

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                        MakingSense RE: Quine Sep 8, 2007 05:43 PM

                        Love the idea of the succotash pasta, Quine. That could be a new favorite comfort food around here.

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                      jfood RE: Quine Sep 8, 2007 02:52 PM


                      You may want to check if the ziplock is MV safe. Bad chemicalreaction withplastic in MV when in contact w food.

                      Just a heads up

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                        chowmeow RE: Quine Sep 8, 2007 02:57 PM

                        Wow, your pasta dish sounds delicious!! Thanks for the recipe.

                      2. sharonanne RE: robertjsweet Sep 8, 2007 03:14 PM

                        I've always cooked it wrapped in a paper towel. It seems to heat from the inside out and keeps cooking after the oven goes off.

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                          Fuser RE: robertjsweet Sep 8, 2007 06:27 PM

                          I'm in the plastic wrap camp. Make sure to wet the ears first before wrapping with plastic wrap so they steam through. I only microwave it for 1 min then turn it, even through it's on a turning plate, and MV it for another 50 secs. Let it sit for 5 mins.
                          I've found it too hard to take off the husks and all the silk when they're hot and I didn't think it added much to the flavor.
                          Be careful opening, it's hot.

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