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Jul 26, 2012 07:48 PM

Cutting corn off the cob

I read somewhere here a hint for cutting corn off the cob. (I can't find it now) Use a angel food cake pan and prop the ears on the center. Use an electric knife to cut the kernels off. The pan catches most of the kernels. There is very little overspill. I modified it a bit, I put a custard cup upside down on the stem to protect the pan and knife. I used the back of a table knife to scrape the milk out of the cob. I just finished 20 ears in about 20 minutes,not including shucking and washing. Thanks so much for the hint, whoever posted it!

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  1. That's a great idea, although I don't own an electric knife (and it sounds like it's not necessary since you were successful).

    1. I bought a very efficient little device by OXO, the proverbial 'kitchen gadget' company, last year; It looks mostly like a computer mouse. where the area is that your hand goes around to 'move the mouse' is where the kernels collect. Up front, there area a series of small teeth that pull of the kernels.

      You just whiz down the cob with the little device, and all the corn kernels, juice, etc. gathers in the inside of the little device. Need to empty it about every 1/2 cob into a bowl with these-days perfect corn with all the juice and creamy stuff - just put that aside in a bowl and keep pulling down. NO muss, no fuss, no spray. Just corn--off-the-cob. Easy, perfect.

      Just letting you know. I LOVE it!

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      1. re: gingershelley

        I thought about buying one, but too much trouble for using on a lot of ears. My electiric knife is used around here for lots of jobs.

        1. re: gingershelley

          It's true. The OXO corn thingy is fantastic.

          1. re: gingershelley

            Add my vote for this thingy. When I decob the corn with a knife, electric or otherwise, corn goes everywhere. This OXO device; holds quite a bit of corn and empties easily. I'm not much of single-use gadget person, but this one is a keeper.

            I like it so much I was going to start a thread extolling its virtues.

          2. I'm embarrassed to say that I put up with flying kernels for years before some one told me to lay the ear down on its side to cut them off instead of holding it vertically. :>P

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            1. re: sandylc

              My trick too - I lose very little and I don't have anything extra to wash!

              1. re: sandylc

                Proud to say that I figured this out on my own. Just rotate the cob on the cutting board as you cut off the kernels

              2. Watch Jacques Pepin demonstrating that the correct way is to hold the chef's knife at an angle, so that the beginning of the cut is with the tip end but as you slide the knife along, you move it so that by the other end of the ear, you are cutting with the wide end of the blade. If memory serves, he cuts toward himself. For sure, there's no airborne corn.

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                1. re: greygarious

                  I realized hours later that if you are cutting toward yourself, you have to start with the tang end of the blade, not the tip.

                2. I used to cut the corn on a cutting board and then I saw this. I tried with with about 25 corn cobs for a corn salad and lost very few kernals.


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                  1. re: valerie

                    I love this method too, works like a dream.