Corn is such a beautiful ingredient and I can’t wait to share with you the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to cut corn off the cob.
Summer is here and that means there is fresh corn from the garden. Most people LOVE to eat corn, but not all like to eat it off the cob. I am here to tell you about what I have discovered and uncovered for the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to cut corn off the cob.
Why You Should Cut Corn off the Cob?
We all love corn in the summer; however, corn can be really messy eating it off the cob especially when you are in public. I tend to shy away from the corn because it will get stuck in my teeth or I will have loose pieces on my chin and cheeks, or I go to bite into it and it squirts on the person sitting next to you. Most importantly, I just don’t want to be embarrassed. Other times….I dig right in LOL
Another reason is either you or your child has braces and the orthodontist doesn’t recommend eating it off the cob because you could pop a wire or get it stuck in the brace. This can be very painful for you or your child, trust me….been there and done that! Not a pretty site. I can hear my Mom lecturing me now!
People that have dentures don’t have the biting power they need to get the kernels off the cob without the fear of their teeth breaking or flying out of their mouth. That would be so expensive and embarrassing!
There is a major positive reason also, they aren’t all embarrassing LOL! There are SO many dishes out there to make with fresh corn. You could make corn casseroles, Mexican Street Corn off the Cob, Fried Corn, Corn cakes, Corn Fritters…the list goes on and on! I can’t wait to share with you my many recipes in the future.
What is the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to cut Corn off the Cob?
Everyone has a love for kitchen gadgets. There is even a Corn Stripper gadget that I got free from a company that will remain nameless. They are very popular and reputable and I was very surprised. It sounds good and all, but the corn stripper wasn’t easy to use at all. It was difficult and time-consuming.
No gadget that I found works as good as using…..get this…a simple SERRATED KNIFE!
Should I Season the Corn before or after I take the Kernels off?
Seasoning your corn prior to taking the kernels off is ideal if you want to eat basic corn off the cob with butter, salt, and pepper. However, if you are making a dish with loose corn kernels you want to season it as your recipe states.
How do I get the Corn Kernels off the Cob?
It’s simple to do whether the corn is hot or cold. If the ear of corn is hot you need to hold the corn cob with something like a cloth or corn holder so you don’t get burned. Hold the smaller end of the corn in the non-cutting hand and place the wider part on the plate or cutting board (affiliate link) holding the ear of corn vertical with a little pressure so it doesn’t move so it’s easier to cut. Make back and forth sawing motions with your serrated knife (steak knife size) and move its way down to the base of the corn while putting a little pressure on the knife so you get the full kernel and not just the outer part. You continue to do this as you rotate the corn in a circle.
Safety First Recommendation
It’s always recommended to use a cut-resistant glove on your non-knife using hand, just in case the knife slips.
How do I separate the Kernels?
The corn kernels will stay together giving it a cool look. I love to turn it into a competition of who can have the longest run of kernels together, but If you want the kernels to be separated for a certain reason you can separate after with a spatula or your hands giving it a quick mix in a bowl. They won’t all separate but it will come close.