August 28th, 2012

Kitchen Talk: Easiest Way to Shuck Corn . . . Use Your Microwave



Fresh corn is something we  look  forward to all summer long; but when it comes to shucking the corn there seems to be an absence of volunteers at my house . . . that messy silk gets every where and sticks to everything!  

Recently I came across this fun method to clean the corn from those brilliant cooks at America’s Test Kitchen {my dream job-  to play in a state of the art kitchen complete with every kitchen gadget imaginable . . . }  They call it the “Nuke and Shake” Method {cute}.  The secret is in creating just enough steam in the husk to let the corn just slip out- husk free, silk free {yipee}.

This method works so fast and so easy, I wished I known about it years ago!   And of course I want to share it with you- maybe we’ll even have another fresh corn recipe or two {hint} coming up in the next few days!

Give it a try- you’ll soon have all your kids volunteering to clean the corn.  Of course you’ll have to do the cutting part yourself, but they will love “shaking” those ears of corn out of the husks!


Easiest Way to Shuck Corn


Step 1:

Cut the corn at the bottom stock end about 1 inch above the kernels.



Step 2

Place the corn on a plate and microwave on high for 2 – 3 minutes. 


Step 3

Grab the corn by the uncut end and shake and squeeze.  Corn will slip out husk free, silk free.   Be careful, the corn is hot- you might need to use a towel.


How easy is that?? 

Note:  If you want to just shuck the corn usually 2 – 2 1/2 minutes works great.  If you want to cook the corn to eat off the cob, cook 3-4 minutes.  Cooking time varies depending on the freshness of the corn and how you like it cooked.  If the corn is sweet it doesn’t need much cook time- I remember as kids picking sweet corn out of the field and eating it right off the cob with no cooking needed!


Try this method with these delicious fresh corn recipes-

Cornmeal, Jalapeño, and Fresh Corn Scones
Black Bean Confetti Salad
Bacon Fried Corn
Fresh Corn Chowder with Chicken and Roasted Pepper



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7 Responses to “Kitchen Talk: Easiest Way to Shuck Corn . . . Use Your Microwave”

  1. Genius!

  2. “Nuke and Shake” – lol, that sounds like my kind of cooking!

  3. OMG – why didn’t anyone tell me this before I froze 20 bags of corn?????

  4. This looks so fun – my kids will love it! Thanks.

  5. LOve it!

  6. We were so intrigued we tried this last night- How Fun. Works perfectly. Great tip- Thanks!

  7. I tried this and it works! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Next week is BLT. Come on over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa


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