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May 31, 2012 08:00 PM

"Cooler Corn" -- aka -- Corn for a Crowd

Someone shared this neat technique for cooking corn for a crowd -- in a cooler with boiling water poured over top, closing the lid and letting it sit for half an hour.

I thought it might be nice to try out at your next summer cookout for a large group of friends.

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  1. Interesting. I, for one, like my corn roasted rather than boiled. I rub it with any oil/butter combo I want to, then salt it and roast it in a hot oven on a sheet pan.

    While the cooler method looks "cool", I also worry about the boiling water/plastic combo.

    4 Replies
    1. re: sandylc

      Sandy - do you husk it first? what temp in oven and how long?

      1. re: smilingal

        Yes on husking. I play it by ear on time and temp - temp is 375-425 and I just take it out when there's a bit of brown on the kernals. Roll them around a bit a few times during cooking.

        1. re: sandylc

          have you ever grilled them? do you prefer the oven method? I will try the oven method - i just became hooked on the grill - but I think the oven is even easier. The grill I leave the husks on - so it gets a bit messy with the charred husks once cooked - altho a neat way of serving is to pull down the cooked husks and leave as it's own corn holder!

    2. Another method using either the grill or the oven is to lightly coat the ears (without husks) with oil and salt and grill or broil them, turning every few minutes, until some of the kernels are browned or even charred.

      1. That's cool! Sometimes convenience is everything, and sweet summer corn is a good fit for this kind of cooking because it tastes good raw/ almost raw.

        1. I think the grill method is easier, and I too worry about the plastics. There was another thread about this, and about the plastic in some coolers not meant to come in contact with hot temps (being a cooler :-) of course).