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Corn on the cob question!

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redclover79 Tue 16-Sep-08 12:24:55

I have a couple of sweetcorn plants at the allotment that are nearly ready to bring home, but I've no idea how you cook corn on the cob other than on a barbecue blush
I'd imagine you can roast them but is that the only option?
Also, am I right in thinking that you can dry the kernels to make popcorn?

TheArmadillo Tue 16-Sep-08 12:26:23

you can boil them whole for a few minutes (abdout 7 I think) or wrap them in foil (with herbs and butter if you like) and stick in the oven for 15 mins.

DaisySteiner Tue 16-Sep-08 12:26:24

You can boil them too, just stick them in a pan of water until tender and serve. You can dry the kernels for popcorn but it seems a shame when eating it fresh is so much nicer and popcorn kernels are cheap to buy.

Overmydeadbody Tue 16-Sep-08 12:27:51

Boiling them until tender is the nicest most unadulterated way imo.

Or you can cut the kernels off and use them in all sorts of things.

redclover79 Tue 16-Sep-08 12:49:02

Thanks for your replies, I will try boiling a couple and a couple in the oven!

scaryteacher Tue 16-Sep-08 14:44:16

wrap tightly in cling film and cook in the microwave until tender - works every time.

ecoworrier Tue 16-Sep-08 15:09:08

Just make sure you do it quickly - they really do deteriorate once picked!

We had some for tea the other night - less than an hour between picking and eating, lovely!

breadgirl Tue 16-Sep-08 15:14:03

I find steaming them is better than boiling.

BlingLovin Tue 16-Sep-08 15:21:38

Ooooooh, must add my tip - to tell if they're cooked when boiling (and to avoid over cooking which makes them HORRIBLE), lift one out of the water and if a single piece of corn comes off easily when you stick a fork underneath it, it's done. often they're overcooked.

redclover79 Tue 16-Sep-08 16:03:29

more ideas, thanks! will definitely not leave dp in charge of cooking as he can overcook anything without trying!

jimmyjammys Tue 16-Sep-08 19:59:52

Definitely in the microwave - much sweeter then boiling it and you keep all the nutrients in. Keep the leaves on it still and give them a quick soak in water - put them on a plate - pour another couple of tablespoons of water on top and microwave on high for about 5 - 6 mins. They are one of the few vegetables that cook well in the microwave. Serve with lashings of salted butter.

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