How to Grill Corn on the Cob

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  • Grilling Corn on The Cob
    For many people, summer means freshly picked corn on the cob. What better way to eat it than hot off the grill, basted in buttery goodness? In addition to its delicious taste, corn offers several nutrients, including folate, vitamin B-5, thiamin, fiber, vitamin C, manganese and phosphorus. Take care when selecting your corn to guarantee the best grilling results. For optimum nutrition and taste, purchase corn stored in a cool place. Check that supermarket corn is refrigerated and that corn from the farmer’s market is kept in a shady place. Select corn with fresh, green husks. Pull back a portion of the husk to ensure that kernels are tightly arranged and plump. When you press your fingernail on a kernel, watch for a milky substance, which indicates freshness. Remember to purchase your corn the same day you plan to grill it since its flavor will fade quickly.

    Assemble these ingredients:

    • Ears of corn in husks
    • Butter
    • Seasonings (Possibilities include salt and pepper, minced garlic, cilantro, oregano, basil, chili powder, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Be creative!)
    • Cooler or large bucket for soaking ears of corn

    1. Peel back corn husks, keeping them attached to the stalk. Remove all silk, and rinse the ears of corn. Replace the husks, and bind ears with a piece of husk.

    2. Soak the corn for one hour. Turn the ears occasionally to provide even saturation since they will float on the surface.

    3. Drain the water from the husks, and place the corn on a gas grill set at medium heat or over coals.

    4. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, turning frequently and moving the ears around the grill.

    5. Don’t be alarmed if the husks begin to burn. The soaking process causes the corn inside the husks to steam rather than burn.

    6. Remove the corn from the grill, using oven mitts. Take off the husks, and brush the ears with butter. Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.

    Tips:

    1.  For a stronger roasted flavor, brush with butter and seasonings before grilling, after all silk has been removed and before replacing the husks.

    2.  Brush corn with olive oil rather than butter if you prefer.

    3.  Don’t leave the corn on the grill too long. It will become mushy.

    4.  Corn will stay hot for 30 minutes after grilling when left in the husks. Remember to use oven mitts when husking the hot corn.


    Questions:

    1.  Whats your tip for grilling corn on the cob?

    2.  Did this work for you?

    Image Credit:  marxfoods
    Written By: Shannon R 
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