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Jan 4, 2008 05:17 AM

How do you eat your corn on the cob?

My husband finds it very odd that I eat my corn on the cob in random bites. Not methodically around or across. Just curious as to how other chowhounds eat their corn.

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  1. Nothing weird with that! Except you're obviously psycho. ;-)

    I eat straight across only because I don't like getting all the toppings I put on my corn slathered across my face.

    1. I eat mine like a typewriter - base to tip, turn, base to tip again.

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      1. re: mordacity

        Same here. With a little "ding!" when you get to the end and hit the return key. :-)

          1. re: Chinon00

            I do, too. People give me a hard time because the cob is so clean when I finish. I grip the corn in my bottom teeth, pull up (like a can opener) and get the whole kernel. It's a way to avoid getting corn between my teeth.

            1. re: chowser

              This is also the way I eat it, I get grief for it but I also get the whole kernel. The cob is totally clean and it's sort of relaxing to do. Interesting to hear that other people also do this.

          2. You're husband is wrong, you're not odd, you're INSANE!!!! Get yourself checked out immediately! Every sane person knows the only on true correct way to eat corn on the cob is to chew along the length of the cob, completing a row before proceeding to the next level. True aficionados will consume one row at a time, carefully detaching individual kernals with their teeth without breaking the skin. ;)

            And butter, you need a lot of butter. In fact, I prefer my corn only mostly warm, not hot, so the butter doesn't get completely melty, but is mostly just soft and stays in place. ;) With salt, nice kosher salt to add more crunch...

            On the other hand, I won't turn my nose up at the fire roasted corn slathered with hot melted butter that I get that the Tunbridge World's Fair... oh man, I'm craving summer corn now! Look what you've done!!!

            1. i usually break the ear of corn in two and twist off each kernel and eat one at a time. it takes me about an hour to eat a half an ear, but it's usually when i'm snacking in front of the tv...

              my mom used to like the way i'd eat corn because she'd take the corn cobs, dry them and make back scratchers out of them. ya can't do that unless the cob is picked clean!

              now i feel insane. = {

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              1. re: soypower

                That's exactly how I eat mine. I love to tear each kernel off at a time. I usually take out 4 or 5 rows this way, then start to work each row with my teeth and scrape the cob off clean.