corn from the cob
Embrace this summer's best produce and make corn salads including: corn, string bean & potato succotash salad, top right; grilled corn, avocado and cilantro, left; and tomatoes stuffed with fresh corn and mango salad.
corn from the cob
Remove the kernels from a cob of corn using a bundt pan.
- Off the cob: Conquer the kernel dilemma
We’ve put men on the moon but have yet to come up with a perfect corn de-kerneler — one that cleans a freshly shucked cob neatly while not shooting kernels all over the kitchen.
Sure, there are at least a dozen clever implements (variously called strippers, kernelers, zippers, cutters and peelers) designed to do the job. None seem to work as well as a sharp knife and steady hand. Even that has its own problems: Holding that cob upright and steady while cutting off the kernels can be a challenge. Containing the kernels as you cut still another.
To solve the slippery cob-on-counter issue, “Heather Christo’s Generous Table: Sharing the Love of Good Food With Friends and Family” (Kyle Books, $29.95) suggests: “Cut corn on a clean dishcloth. It keeps the kernels from bouncing around after they have been sliced from the cob. I also like to use a serrated knife.”
And while other cooks like using a shallow bowl, our favorite cob de-kerneling tip comes from Lisa Schumacher of the Chicago Tribune’s test kitchen: Using a bundt pan, that tube pan with fluted sides, she positions a shucked ear of corn, stem down, into the tube’s opening. With a sharp knife, she cuts straight down the cob’s length to remove the kernels that drop into the pan. OK, 98 percent did. But what’s a few kernels from several ears full?
Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 4:30 am
Updated: 2:56 pm, Mon Aug 19, 2013.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 4:30 am.
Updated: 2:56 pm.