Dr Russ Blog - Still Time for Corn on the Cob
Still Time for Corn on the Cob
Created on 8/20/2013
As the song from Porgy and Bess goes, "the living is easy" - meaning summertime is still with us (even if the weather has been a little crazy).
And that means there's plenty of time left for a good barbecue! And a good BBG almost always includes corn on the cob.
Whether getting fresh corn on the cob from your neighborhood Harris Teeter or growing your own, few foods bring forth the pleasure that biting into a good ear of corn can.
There are plenty of good ways to prepare corn, with favorites typically being boiling or placing them right on the grill.
To grill corn, most experts recommend keeping the husks on initially, maybe even wrap the ears in foil first (although this is more like boiling corn in some ways), and turn the corn frequently as it is being cooked. Towards the end of cooking, shuck the cob and place it on the grill for just a few minutes to bring out the best color and flavor - be careful not to burn it!
Keep in mind that not everyone agrees with that last cooking tip - many chefs say not to place unshucked corn on the grill - I'm just sharing a family favorite with you!
Season the corn as you like - a little butter, salt, curry, pepper - make it your own by adding the flavors you enjoy.
Corn on the cob is tasty and fun to eat - and it provides nutritional benefits, too, including fiber, lutein and B vitamins.
If biting into an ear of corn is not easy for you, it's relatively easy to cut corn away from the cob to enjoy by fork (I recently became aware of a technique using a bundt pan that makes this job very easy - and safe!).
Summer is still with us for a few more weeks (thankfully). I hope you'll have the chance to do a little more grilling in the days to come - when you do, think about adding a summertime favorite to the menu - corn on the cob.
Enjoy, and be well.
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