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Microwave Corn on Cob Complete With Husks and Silk

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears......

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I suppose by the time I get around to doing a post on a tip I saw - and tried -  that you've all seen and tried this on you own?

Oh well.

I'm gonna write sort of a corny post anyway (as that joke proves to be lame at best).

And I'm also gonna make sure I type the word corn and corny correctly each time.  They are the kind of words if I type them wrong, spell check won't catch - and it will take this post to a very dark place on the internet with stalks stripped down to their golden bits.

At the beginning of August when the sweet corn harvest was bountiful around here, I saw a little video on cooking corn, husks and all, in the microwave.

I contemplated how if that worked, and most importantly if it tasted good, the time it could save.

Well it worked, and it tasted great.

Corn on Cob in Husks for Microwave Bliss-Ranch.com
We've always given the corn shucking duties to the kids, and removing the silk is the part everyone hates.  It shucks.

They also argue while they do this job.  Yes really.

I'm not sure what it is about getting corn ready to eat that brings out the worst in people, but since the dawn of time at our house someone always complains they readied more cobs than the next person.

At the peak of Ranch meals when all six kids lived at home with their two parents, if everyone was to receive 2 ears of the sweet stuff that meant cleaning a minimum of 16 ears of corn.

When corn was fresh out of the fields two ears was never enough for Brawn or the older boys, so often times it was two dozen ears bubbling away in a pot on the stove.

I decided to give this microwave tip a try one night when we didn't need a big pot of corn to slather in butter, but just a few ears.

And I'll be danged if it didn't work exactly as easy as the video I watched.  There are a whole field of videos to view, so click {here} to see the simple one I first saw.

The only thing I did different was soak my corn for a little while in a sink of cold water.  Why?  I don't know, but when we grill it husks on, we soak it first so I decided to add that step.

I cooked 4 soaked ears for 8 minutes in the microwave.  These were thick large cobs.  Maybe less time would be fine for smaller cobs.

Corn on Cob in Husks for Microwave Bliss-Ranch.com

When the timer dings the corn will be really hot, so grab a pot holder first and cut off the end piece opposite the tassels on the silk hat.

Any of you country kids ever detassel corn for the seed companies in summer?  I'm a city girl and I still don't understand all that corn detasseling lingo.

Corn on Cob in Husks for Microwave Bliss-Ranch.com

I think soaking the corn helped it cook to perfection.  The first time I tried only one ear without soaking it and I thought the kernels were tough.  Soaking them first was like they steamed themselves inside the husks.

Then.... all you do is wiggle a cob out of the husks, silk and all.

The corn flopped right out of the husks and four of us had a silk free hot steamy piece of golden deliciousness with our dinner.

Corn on Cob in Husks for Microwave Bliss-Ranch.com
Sweet and juicy, cooked to just the right tenderness.

Best of all no one was complaining that they shucked more cobs and got the silk off better than the other person.

So this tip keeps the peace in the family.

Corn on Cob in Husks for Microwave Bliss-Ranch.com

And now that Fall is here, it's apple pie, sauce, and apple butter making time around my place.

I've seen a few videos with apple tips that I might have to try and also one on speed peeling taters for Thanksgiving.  I hope they actually work as good as this silk free corn cooking does!






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18 comments :

  1. Looks like a tip I have to try! I do have an apple peeling machine, but that drill is crazy...

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  2. SHUCK THE FRONT DOOR!!!! I've never tried this. I HATE shucking corn. My kids all abandoned me, so I make Phil do it now. Of course, I'm such a sadist, I most likely won't tell him about this newfangled way of preparing corn just because I like that he has to suffer by doing it the old-fashioned way. But hey...thanks anyway....

    -andi

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  3. This really works. I cut the stalk end off before microwaving so I don't have to worry about the heat afterwards. Delicious!

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  4. Oh my goodness...who'd have thought? I've always heard of microwaving corn on the cob, but I was never brave enough to try it. I'm glad you were brave enough for all of us. I'll give it a try next time.

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  5. I am going to try this some time. We don't eat a lot of corn here (we did when the kids lived with us), but when we do, this seems like the way to go. Thanks! And let me know how the apple thing goes for you.

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  6. That apple drill thing looks like it has a lot of potential excitement. When you grill shucks on do you remove the silks first? Btw I'm really glad you shared cuz while I did see this earlier, I was just the other day , trying to remember what the trick I had seen eared this summer....

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  7. I am totally trying that trick for peeling apples!

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  8. Also, that potato thing was just crazy. What was that thing on the drill?

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  9. Corn on the cob is just about my favorite vegetable for the summer! I love it so much. I have a gadget that helps get the silk off the corn before boiling it, but I really like the method you used. What a time saver! I have to wait a while to get my water to boil and then it has to cook for a while. So, this method would be much quicker too. Thanks for sharing that tip. I laughed when I saw that apple peeling method!

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  10. I saw that video last year and we have done our corn that way for 2 years now. It is SO easy,,,, and SO good! Each time we "peel" one out of the microwave I am amazed at how clean it comes out. Plus, we usually have corn in summer, and to not have to have that huge pot of boiling water going on the stove sure keeps the kitchen a bit cooler!

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  11. Love this idea Bliss. We used to put up corn every summer. It took us all day. I hated every minute of it. So hot! So messy! We'd cut it off the cob and I'd still be finding corn kernals at Easter. So....I love this idea. Looks easy. Thanks for sharing this corny post.

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  12. I love this idea too. Never heard of it, but it sounds like it works like a charm. I hate that big pot we have to use when cooking several ears so this sounds like a new plan. Thanks.

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  13. I have microwaved COTC for years and it is delicious and easy. I am way too impatient to boil water anymore! Now I'd like to eat some after seeingyour good looking cobs. :)

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  14. SO much more energy efficient especially when it is hot! Does it get hot in Minnesota? I hate heating my kitchen up in the summer....it shucks....I am SO stealing THAT!

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  15. Holy crap! I had to come back after watching the two videos!! LOL Cooking with Power Tools! Now THAT's something a girl can get behind!

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  16. I've microwaved corn on the cob before but never in the husk. Wow! I'm trying this next time!! What are they using in the potato video? I couldn't see the attachment very well. So cooooooooool!!!

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  17. Is that a toilet brush at the end of that drill? If I still ate corn, I'd certainly try your tip.

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  18. Friends taught us this trick over the summer and it is my new go-to way to cook corn. no more messy grilling for me:) You are always on top of these things, Bliss.

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