As a student, August can be a bit of a downer. But with the end of summer coming too quickly, there is at least one bright spot: Ontario sweet corn. Find some at a farmers’ market near you or a roadside stand (where I got mine) for the ultimate in freshness, or find it at a grocery store and try one of these easy ways to prepare your corn. I suggest leaving it un-husked so you can keep your options open for cooking methods.
1. BBQ-ed Corn on the Cob
Pull off the outermost husk leaves and discard. Leave enough husk so that all of the kernels are covered. Peel back the remaining leaves but do not pull them off. Remove as much silk ask you can and replace the husk.
For the next part, I’ve heard mixed opinions as to whether or not you need to soak the corn. I haven’t tried it un-soaked yet, so I can’t weigh in, but I soaked my corn in water for 15 minutes.
Heat up the BBQ around medium and grill the corn for 10-15 minutes, turning a few times for even cooking. Peel back the husk and enjoy. I suggest spreading a bit of margarine or butter over the kernels after cooking and salting lightly. Mmm.
2. Boiled Corn on the Cob
This is easier and (I think) equally delicious. Peel off all husks and silk and toss corn into a large pot of lightly salted boiling water. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until kernels are tender. Again, I suggest spreading a bit of margarine or butter over the kernels after cooking and salting lightly.