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How to Cook Corn on the Cob
Fresh sweet corn is one of the glories of a Southern summer, yet like many very simple foods, it can go wrong in a lot of ways. It’s super simple though, especially if you keep a few things in mind.
I have heard folks from my grandparents generation say that you should start the water boiling for your corn before you head out into the field to pick it. That simply means that you want the absolute freshest corn you can get your hands on. The sugars in fresh corn on the cob begin to disintegrate almost immediately, so in order to get that incredible fresh corn flavor, you really do want to have it as close to the stalk as you can. Farmer’s markets are the best place to find the really fresh stuff, if you aren’t lucky enough to have it growing in your own front yard.
So start a large pot of water on to boil. Add a couple of teaspoons of kosher salt to the water – and here’s the trick. Taste a kernel of the raw corn. In July where I live, corn is incredibly sweet. By August, it’s starchier. By September at the end of the season it’s even less sweet and more starchy…you get the picture. So taste a kernel. If your corn is super sweet, don’t let it sit in the boiling water more than 5-6 minutes – you’ll over cook it and loose all that sweet
That’s it – see how easy it is?