If there is one universal complaint about corn on the cob it is the effort of husking and removing the silks. Over the years I've tried all manner of methods to efficiently and effectively remove the husks and silk with very little success. So recently I saw this method of husking on the Internet. And we all know we can believe everything we read on the Internet. But I'm a gamer. I gave it a try. IT WORKS! This method has all the qualities of the good corn husking experience I've been chasing for years: low labor investment, quick, efficient, low mess factor, and stellar results. Give it a try: this is one Internet legend you can believe!
- Step 1: Cut the stalk end off the ear of corn, about an inch above the lowest kernels.
- Step 2: Remove the first layer of leaves from the ear of corn, leave the silk in tack. Place in microwave oven. My oven fit 3 ears perfectly when criss-crossed. Cook on high 2 minutes for the first ear and 1 minute for each additional ear. Four minutes on high for three ears worked perfectly in my microwave, but experiment with your oven.
- Step 3: Immediately remove the ears from the microwave with a clean cotton towel, they are very hot. Holding the ear in one hand grasp the corn leaves and tassel and shake the ear loose. A little wiggling and it will release from the leaves and tassel.
- Step 4: Done! A perfectly clean ear of corn that is blanched and ready to enjoy, no further cooking is necessary!