Fresh corn in the dead of winter is a refreshing treat.
There is no comparison when putting it up against store bought. The best way to store your summer corn is by canning it. The fresh taste and the many uses for its byproducts outweigh the work of putting it up.
If you can corn, it is not only easier on your taste buds but your wallet too!
1. Shuck the Fresh Picked Corn
Your corn is ready for picking once the ears are fully formed on the plant. You gather them in a big basket or tub and gather around on the back porch.
Shucking corn is a messy process so it is recommended to do it outside.
You will grab the top of the corn husk and pull downward to remove the green outer layer of the corn. Once all of the husk has been removed, place your clean ears of corn in a clean pot or other large container.
Be sure to save the husks as chicken feed. They love them and it is one more way to have no waste when you can corn.
2. Silk the Corn
After the corn has been husked, grab an old toothbrush.
You will use the toothbrush to remove the fine hairs off of the corn. Gently rub the toothbrush up and down the ear of corn until you get as many (if not all) of the silks off of the corn as you possibly can.
After this step, you are ready to move inside to the kitchen table.
3. Cut the Corn off of the Cob
The easiest way to cut corn off of the cob is to use a Bundt cake pan. You will place the pointed end of the corn cob in the center hole of the cake pan.
Hold the corn cob with one hand at the top and use a sharp knife to cut the corn off of the cob with the other hand.
You will gently slice through the corn so you are cutting it clean off of the cob. If you start getting the “milk” out of the corn then you will need to sharpen your knife again. The “milk” is what gives you cream corn versus whole kernel canned corn.
It happens when the kernels are being ripped off of the cob rather than being cut clean.
Do not throw your cobs away.
They can be dried out in the sun during the summer on the porch, tin roof, or just placed in the backyard. When winter arrives, soak the corn cobs in kerosene and they make great fire starters for the woodstove or fireplace.