Aside from the fact that it is a staple food in many parts of the world, corn is also one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It’s a healthy source of fiber, it contains a lot of antioxidants including vitamin C, and it can satisfy your hunger.
There are many ways to enjoy corn. You can boil or steam it then season it with butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, or any other herbs or spices. You can grill it as well, which is popular during the summer months. Or you can sauté it with green chilies and onions for a great side dish, or combine it with tomatoes, quinoa, green peppers, and red kidney beans for a cold salad. To do so, however, you will have to learn how to remove corn from cob.
Corn that is freshly extracted from the cob has a sweet flavor that you won’t get to experience or enjoy from canned corn kernels. That’s why you should learn how to remove corn from cob instead of just buying canned corn in the grocery store.
Perhaps the most commonly practiced way of removing corn from the cob is to place the cob on a clean work surface. You would then have to manually remove the green outer husk and its silk. With the help of a sharp knife, trim one end so that the cob would be able to stand flat.
Cut down the corn cob starting halfway to remove the kernels, or the grains. Then trim the other end of the cob, and repeat the process to extract the kernels from the other half.
Another method would be to cut the corn in half. Once the cob has been split into two, each piece would have a flat side that would make it a lot easier and safer to balance the corn as you cut it.
Remember, though, that a dry cob can be extremely hard and thus difficult to cut in two. Also, there’s a tendency for the corn to roll while you’re trying to split it . Thus be very careful in using a knife to remove the kernels from the cob.
Using a Bundt Pan
While those tricks may sound easy to do, you may have troubles in pulling it off if you don’t have good knife skills. Moreover you may encounter problems like the grains flying everywhere which can frustrate you.
Now if those are your concerns, there are other safer, less messy ways to remove corn from the cob. You can try to use a bundt or angel food cake pan which you can get from a local baking equipment store.
To pull off this trick, place one end of the cob in the middle of the bundt pan. This should keep the corn stable as you cut it down. And the kernels would be collected in the pan instead of scattering everywhere once you cut the ears off the cob.
But you don’t need to buy a bundt cake pan to be able to safely remove corn from the cob. A shallow bowl or a pie dish should suffice. Just add a stable item that can hold an end of the corncob like a narrow cup or even a toilet paper cardboard tube. Then proceed in removing the kernels just as you would with a bundt cake pan.
There’s another way to remove the corn from the cob without exerting too much effort, or risking a wound or bruise in using a knife. This involves steaming the corn in a microwave.
Put the ears of the corn in the microwave. You can place it directly on the floor of the oven or on the turntable. Make sure that the ears will fit comfortably in a single layer, and that that green husks still on. Microwave it on high setting for 3 to 5 minutes.
Wearing oven-safe gloves, take out the ears of the corn from the microwave. Let it sit for a few minutes so it would cool down. When it’s cool that you can hold it safely, squeeze at the bottom of the husks. This should push out the corn. You’ll see that the husks will come out easily. The kernels will also be tender enough that you can scrape them off using a fork.
Use specialized tools
Or you can also invest in some specialized kitchen tools that can make removal of the kernels from the cob quick and easy. One tool that you may want to buy is the Amco one-step corn kerneler which sells for less than $10 on Amazon.com.
It’s so simple to use --- place it at the narrow end of the cob and press straight down to the bottom of the corn. You’ll see all the kernels collected neatly that you won’t have to clean up any mess. It can also hold up to two ears of kernels.
Another similar tool is the Shuck Deluxe corn stripper that retails for $20 on Amazon. It is a handy tool that quickly and effortlessly removes kernels off the corncob without the juice splatter. To do so, simply insert the corn cob into the cylinder press it down, and the grains will come right off and be contained inside. You can use fresh, frozen, or cooked corn in this tool.
Lastly, there’s the Kuhn Rikon corn zipper that is a safer and easier to use alternative to knife. It has sharp teeth that can cut between kernels and cobs for easy removal of the grains. It is made of high quality stainless steel and comes with a two-tone plastic handle. The tool is also dishwasher safe, plus there’s a blade protector to protect the user’s hands.
As you can see, removing corn kernels from the cob is a chore that you should have no problems doing.