UMMmm…FRESH CORN

Ummm… Fresh corn!   MMmmm…

English: Sweet White Corn

English: Sweet White Corn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What can be better eating than freshly cooked fresh corn?   How do you know the corn is fresh?

The best way is to grow our own corn, but many of us can not grow it.  Let’s figure out how to pick good corn

The husks should be green and the silk looks fresh and shiny. Pull the husks back and look at the kernels of corn. They should be full and neatly arranged. Pop one kernel with your finger. If the liquid is  milk colored it’s good. If the liquid is colorless it is too young and if it has none it is too old!  Pretty simple, isn’t it?

Remove the husks and silk and put the corn in the boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes. Watch it closely. When it is cooked to your liking remove the corn from the water and keep the corn warm. Call everyone to come eat.  Pass the butter,  salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

You can store the securely wrapped corn in the refrigerator to keep it uncooked for 1 or 2 days. Ideally cook and eat it as soon as possible.

If you have too much corn you can freeze or can it. If the corn is to be frozen be sure to blanch it for about 4 to 6 minutes. Immediately transfer the corn into cold water or ice. When the corn  is cool either wrap each ear separately or place 2 to 3 ears per plastic bag, lay it flat.

If you want cut corn, blanch the corn. Hold the corn upright and cut the kernels off the cob. Spread the kernels in a single layer on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet.    Freeze the corn. When it is frozen put the cut kernels in a plastic bag.

If you want to dry some corn, cut the kernels off like you did for freezing and spread them in a single layer on the dehydrator trays. Dry them until they are hard.

To cook the frozen corn, I like to put one or two tablespoon of butter in a pan and when it is melted add the corn and two or three tablespoons of water. Place lid on pan and cook at a low temperature a  few minutes.

To cook the dry corn add water to  cover. Let it sit until the corn is moist again. It may take 30 to 60 minutes. Cook over heat  until it is ready to eat!

Ummm… Fresh corn!

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