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How do you eat corn on the cob?

Puffin3 Aug 23, 2013 05:31 AM

I think most people eat corn on the cob by holding it at each end and gnawing on it going round and round.
Try this method: Before going into the boiling water/steamer/grill cut the cobs into 1 1/2"-2" slices. When the corn is ready eat the 'slices' 'top to bottom' or 'bottom to top'. You'll find you get A LOT more of the corn kernel this way. In other words eat the slices from the top of the tree downwards or the other way around instead of eating the tree going 'around' the trunk.
Also easier to serve/plate also.

  1. MGZ Aug 23, 2013 05:56 AM

    Sounds cool. I was planning on pickin' up a few ears this weekend. Maybe, I'll surprise Mrs. Z with your new "spin". Thanks!

    1. melpy Aug 23, 2013 06:00 AM

      I am having trouble visualizing your description.

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        Puffin3 Aug 23, 2013 06:21 AM

        Imagine cutting a cob of corn into 2' 'rounds' like you'd cut up a tree for firewood. Then cook the 'rounds' of corn whatever way you want. Then take a 'round' off your plate and munch off the kernels from the cob by holding the round vertically not horizontally. When we eat corn on the cob by holding the cob horizontally we leave behind a LOT of the kernel.

        1. re: Puffin3
          magiesmom Aug 23, 2013 07:32 AM

          That's no fun!

        2. re: melpy
          Midknight Aug 23, 2013 06:23 AM

          Cut the cob into 1.5 - 2" pieces. Then when you eat it, point the ends up and down (towards your nose and chin) instead of side-to-side/towards your cheeks, and eat them that way.

          Puffin is suggesting that you'll get more of the kernels out of the cob that way.
          It's possible. I've never thought to try it myself. :)

          1. re: Midknight
            melpy Aug 23, 2013 06:26 AM

            Got it. When it was said not to eat round and round I was trying to figure how not to turn it once they were in small rounds.

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          treb Aug 23, 2013 06:25 AM

          I steam and then eat whole au natural.

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            The Professor Aug 23, 2013 06:50 AM

            If it's really freshly picked corn I don't even bother steaming it.

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              Puffin3 Aug 23, 2013 06:50 AM

              When we cut the corn off fresh cobs we hold the cob upright then slice off the kernels from one end down the the other end right? That way we can remove most of the kernels. Same thing with removing the cooked kernels with our teeth. The 2' 'rounds' just makes it easier.
              Next time notice how much of the kernel is left on the corn when eaten when holding a whole cob horizontally. Looks pretty messy right? For all you people with 'OPD' you'll love how 'tidy' the empty 2' rounds look like. LOL
              Bonus: You won't get so much corn stuck in your dentures. LOL

            2. m
              miss_belle Aug 23, 2013 06:44 AM

              I'll try this. The reason I very rarely fix corn is because it's a hassle to eat it whole on the cob. To me anyway.

              1. greygarious Aug 23, 2013 11:52 AM

                I do not shuck ears before microwaving them, which adds flavor as the corn "steams" inside the husk, and makes the silks come off easily once the ear is cool enough to shuck. But I may try cutting the cooked ears into rounds, since I don't butter my corn. I think the smaller pieces might be sloppy if buttered.

                I recall seeing Martha Stewart sectioning corn that way on her show some years ago, but don't remember if that was before or after (or how) she cooked it.

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                  Puffin3 Aug 23, 2013 03:51 PM

                  I think it's easier to cut the corn into rounds before cooking.

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                    sandylc Aug 24, 2013 03:34 PM

                    I love everything about your answer regarding the microwave prep, etc., until I reach the *GASP* SHOCKING "no butter" part.......I have to pick myself up off of the floor and go contemplate this.....


                    1. re: sandylc
                      cayjohan Aug 25, 2013 01:53 PM

                      After reading this thread, I just segmented our corn into 1.5" rounds last night before microwaving. Worked great, and seemed (I wasn't paying strict attention) to take a shorter time. I found I really preferred eating the corn in the direction described by the OP. and butter was not a problem: my husband and I generally put a knob of butter on a small plate to use to roll our corn. Worked even better with the small pieces...more edges to collected the butter! ;-)

                  2. boyzoma Aug 23, 2013 01:42 PM

                    Wow - so many ways to eat corn on the cob! My preference is to eat it like a typewriter. Left to right, rotate, return! Of course, I use corn holders.

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                    1. re: boyzoma
                      Perilagu Khan Aug 23, 2013 02:39 PM


                      Additionally, I drizzle the cob with lime juice and sprinkle with cayenne and salt. Of course, butter, S&P is fine, too.

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                        Puffin3 Aug 23, 2013 03:50 PM

                        I'm definitely going to try lime juice.

                      2. re: boyzoma
                        Jeri L Aug 23, 2013 06:12 PM

                        But do you say, "Ding!" when you get to the end of a row?

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                          LindaWhit Aug 24, 2013 03:49 PM

                          LOL! I hadn't read any responses before I wrote mine below. But exactly right. DING!

                      3. tim irvine Aug 23, 2013 05:54 PM

                        I love corn on the cob, but the corn I grew up with, small kernel white corn, is hard to find in Texas. So instead of doing the minimal boil or steam route I have gone to a faux Mexican street corn. Make a mixture of mayonnaise, lime, and Sriracha, slather it on, and grill it. OMG. Little is left. I am not sure that you could grill two inch chukka, but I will try it.

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                          sandylc Aug 24, 2013 03:36 PM

                          Yum...tender white corn...so good, so hard to find!

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                            cayjohan Aug 25, 2013 01:46 PM

                            An aside to sandy: Byerly's just had some meltingly tender white corn on the cob last week. I know we share a rough geographic locale; I picked it up at the Roseville location. I was pretty impressed, and honestly it takes a lot to impress me with corn on the cob these days, since my real preference is yellow and not-so-sweet; those days seem gone. But the tenderness of the Byerly's product was really noticeable.

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                              sandylc Aug 25, 2013 02:21 PM


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                          mwhitmore Aug 23, 2013 06:09 PM

                          I have always eaten end-to-end, left to right, typewriter style. Ding! (if anyone remembers what a typewriter is.)

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                            Jeri L Aug 23, 2013 06:13 PM

                            Two minds with one thought between them!

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                              Will Owen Aug 23, 2013 10:22 PM

                              I have been known to say "DING!" at the end of each run … I've annoyed three wives in succession that way. The current on told me to stop it, and I did.

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                                Puffin3 Aug 24, 2013 05:14 AM

                                Then maybe you be able to keep the current one. "Ding" LOL

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                            Jeri L Aug 23, 2013 06:15 PM

                            I've only had corn that way in soup or barbecue packets. I hadn't thought of doing it myself. But I'd wonder about how many kernels I was losing to each cut.

                            1. ipsedixit Aug 23, 2013 07:57 PM

                              I like to eat it one niblet at a time. Picking them off with my fingers.

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                                PHREDDY Aug 24, 2013 04:02 AM

                                I too use the small corn pinwheels in one version of my chciken soup. Defnitely easier to eat. Cooking the corn in the soup gives it a different flavor, especially if the corn is not too sweet.

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                                  Puffin3 Aug 24, 2013 05:16 AM

                                  I'm going to try your tip. Thanks.

                              2. Perilagu Khan Aug 24, 2013 03:29 PM

                                One evening my family had a friend of my brother's over for dinner--the kid was probably about seven--and one of the courses was corn on the cob. Well, little Scottie buttered, salted and peppered his corn and proceeded to get after it typewriter style until every last kernel was gone. The corn shrapnel was a-flyin', our eyes were a-buggin' and not once did the kid come up for air. Upon doing his piranha job on the corn, Scottie looked up at us and in his pronounced west Texas drawl said, "I liiiike corn."

                                I guess you had to be there.

                                1. LindaWhit Aug 24, 2013 03:48 PM

                                  I'll stick with what I enjoy: playing typewriter :::ding!::: with my corn on the cob when I'm eating it from left to right, roll it a bit, and do the same thing.

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                                  1. re: LindaWhit
                                    Scoutmaster Aug 25, 2013 01:13 PM

                                    I like to add a small amount of sweet white corn or roasted kernels to my chili in the winter. It's a nice contrast of color, texture, and sweet to the heat.

                                    How do you think I could get the char on fresh? Do you think par cooking it in the micro (easy silk removal method) and then slap it on a hot grill would work? Then I'd slice the kernels off and freeze. ???

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                                    dmjordan Aug 25, 2013 03:49 PM

                                    I go typewriter style and I don't miss a kernel.

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                                    1. re: dmjordan
                                      linguafood Aug 25, 2013 08:37 PM

                                      Ditto. My man does the same, but somehow manages to miss roughly 15% of the kernels. Drives me nuts.

                                      My ear never has a single kernel left. And I reapply butter *and* salt if 'necessary'.

                                    2. queenscook Aug 28, 2013 12:35 AM

                                      A couple of years ago, I mentioned to my husband that I'd read that some people eat fresh corn "raw," and since then, he's never eaten it any other way. But it's how he eats it that is the most odd . . . since he was a kid (he reports), he has eaten around the cob in a spiral. I think he once told me it was originally done to annoy his siblings . . . and he's been doing it ever since!

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                                        BuildingMyBento Aug 28, 2013 04:40 PM

                                        Although I ate it a lot as a kid, lately it's just been at street stall bbq places in China. They'd take a used Gatorade bottle, fill it with "something" red, among other vague, but often tasty, spices, and sprinkle it on the cob. It's just one out of many delights at a nighttime Chinese bbq.

                                        The corn you see in the daytime in China is terrible. It's feed corn.


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                                          Puffin3 Aug 29, 2013 10:42 AM

                                          Early seventies. My friends and I stole a few dozen cobs of corn from a field thinking we'd have a great corn roast on the beach. Turned out to be 'feed corn'. We didn't mind by the time we ate it. Big 'doobies' lots of cheap 'Mountain Red'. Big driftwood fire on the beach. Lots and lots of nubile 'flower girls.

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                                          flavrmeistr Aug 29, 2013 10:46 AM

                                          Left to right, 3 rows at a chomp.

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                                            jarona Aug 29, 2013 01:07 PM

                                            Like a total slob.

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