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    Over the weekend it was suggested to me that I've been cooking corn-on-cob incorrectly all these years.

    Throw a dozen ears of corn into a cooler, add a kettle of boiling water, close the lid for about an hour.

    I haven't tried it yet. Anyone here a practitioner of "cooler corn"?
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    Not when there's a microwave handy.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    Over the weekend it was suggested to me that I've been cooking corn-on-cob incorrectly all these years.

    Throw a dozen ears of corn into a cooler, add a kettle of boiling water, close the lid for about an hour.

    I haven't tried it yet. Anyone here a practitioner of "cooler corn"?
    Matter of taste, I suppose. Up at WoodenBoat when they do their weekly lobster-boil, they take unshucked ears of corn and do something like that in big coolers.

    Personally I like an ear of fresh corn three ways:

    • Low boil in lightly salted water for 6 minutes if I've got other things in the kitchen that I'm paying attention to.
    • Soak ears in cold water for maybe 1/2 an hour. Put them on the grill and turn them 1/4 turn every 2 minutes or so. When they've gone all the way around and the outer husk is charred, they're done. Take a big knife and cut through just above the bottom of the ear - the husk and silk should slide off.
    • Lastly but not leastly - peel an ear of corn. Allow a little bit of butter to soften. Add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder (Your preference for type - I like a smoked ancho.) and some real-Lime crystals. Mix and spread all over the corn. Grill until the butter melts in and the outside kernels show a little char. (YUM!)
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    I like the soak and grill approach. When going with boil, I put the shucked ears in cold water, put that on the stove, and bring to a boil. When the water has just started boiling, they are done.

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    corn should be grilled. if the edges aren't browned your corn is broken and should be thrown away.

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    I grew up with putting the peeled ears in the pot, add sugar instead of salt to keep it tender. Put on the heat until it boils, take off heat and cover for at least 15 minutes before serving. So probably works out the same as pouring boiling water in and letting it sit for an hour.
    I do hard boiled eggs almost the same. Poke the end of the shell and put in cold water in the pot (no salt or sugar, though). Bring to a boil, cover and take off heat. Let the pot cool, or move the eggs to cold water after 15 minutes.

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    The cooler I have wouldn't stand up well to adding a kettle of boiling water.

    What could be faster, easier than just putting the ears in the water after it comes to a boil. Leave them in the water for just a few minutes depending on how you like it. There is no need to cook it to death and ruin the right out of the field fresh sweet taste.

    The cooler is superflous unless you want to serve it cold. Or just need a carrier.

    PIcture the annual family reunion or company picnic. You're hanging around the grill, smelling the hot smoky meat, bending an elbow after the three-legged races. Time to do the corn, you tear yourself away from watching the volleyball, you flip open the cooler and dump in the entire kettle of boiling water before your sodden brain can register that this is the beer cooler and not the corn cooler.

    A tragic mistake, a perfect afternoon of pastoral frolicking and frivolity ruined by a moment of inattention and a wanton disregard for tradition, protocol and basic decency and good sense.

    This is gonna have to go in the report. Your performance review is not looking good. Thank odd there weren't any children involved. What were you thinking?
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    Generally, I'm a "only half-inch of water in the pot for steam" kinda guy, ears standing in the pot pointy-end-up. (or grilled per the second bullet of post #3).

    As described to me, the chief advantage of the cooler method is that it doesn't heat up the kitchen. A lot less BTUs in a little kettle of water than boiling a whole corn-pot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    Generally, I'm a "only half-inch of water in the pot for steam" kinda guy, ears standing in the pot pointy-end-up. (or grilled per the second bullet of post #3).

    As described to me, the chief advantage of the cooler method is that it doesn't heat up the kitchen. A lot less BTUs in a little kettle of water than boiling a whole corn-pot.
    More seriously, the kettle doesn't actually get dumped, only placed in the cooler, and the total heat in the cooler then gradually equilibrates in the insulated chamber until the corn is... warm? Seems like it would be like trying to fry an egg on a sidewalk in the summer when it's only kinda balmy out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    corn should be grilled. if the edges aren't browned your corn is broken and should be thrown away.
    Haha. Broken.

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    the ONLY way i could endorse the cooler corn method is if you were needing to cook 100 ears of corn for a family reunion. and even then i would say you should buy a bigger grill and grill them. but, if all you got is a 100 guests and a big cooler.... i guess i'll let it slide.

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    Corn should obly be eaten one way.Elote-Corn-3-735x1029.jpg

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    Shucked and grilled is the preferred method at my house.

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    i usually butter, salt, pepper the corn and wrap in foil to put on the grill. after it steams in all that for a while i'll pull the foil off and see if it need to char some more before taking it off.

    holy bejesus at that corn pic in #12. not cool man, i haven't eaten breakfast and now my mouth is watering. literally watering.

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    As a public service announcement - please limit your corn consumption.

    heck, I love corn but know that
    Corn that you will most likely eat is cheap because large agricultural companies have figured out how to genetically modify it so that it can be sprayed with a powerful herbicide that will kill all the plants around it without killing the corn itself.

    While most people think of corn as a vegetable, it’s actually a grain, and it hasn’t got much going for it. Corn is highly inflammatory, which means it can cause a range of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, leaky gut, and more. As if that wasn't enough, corn is also high-glycemic, which means it causes blood sugar spikes. And every time your blood sugar goes up, your body produces insulin to bring it back down.

    One of the worst chemicals is produced by certain types of mold. Aflatoxins are frequently found in crops like corn and peanuts have been linked to liver cancer.

    Corn has exceptionally high lectin content. Lectins are a family of proteins found mainly in legumes and grains, and they have a trio of nasty side effects. First, lectins tend to bind to fibers in your small intestine, and as a result, you can’t absorb the nutrients in your food properly; over time, lectins can even cause intestinal ulcers. Secondly, lectins also attach to insulin receptors, making you more insulin resistant and opening the door to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and widespread inflammation. As if that wasn’t bad enough, high levels of lectins can create leptin resistance, which interferes with healthy hunger hormones and can result in a ravenous appetite and obesity. Lectins are bad news, and corn is full of them. It is the main triggers to fatten up Walmart cattle, pigs chickens for market. It is also one of the main reasons why Americans are fat.


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    thanks for that debbie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    thanks for that debbie.
    as a nation we are fat for the most part. It is corn that does it.

    I would even suggest any health issue you may have is a result of in part from eating corn.
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    We use the Cook's Illustrated recipe. In a nutshell, bring a stockpot or dutch oven full of water to a boil, 2/3 quarts per ear. Drop the shucked corn into the stockpot, put on the lid and remove from heat. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, up to 30 is OK. That's it.

    It really does make perfect corn.

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    Never done it that way.

    Soak the corn in water, in the husks, until well saturated. Place over a metal plate with hot coals beneath, cover with a heavy tarp, and wet the tarp repeatedly. Peal and eat with melted butter applied with clean paintbrushes. That's how you cook corn for a large group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    as a nation we are fat for the most part. It is corn that does it.

    I would even suggest any health issue you may have is a result of in part from eating corn.
    As a nation we are lazy.

    I eat TONS of corn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    As a nation we are lazy.

    I eat TONS of corn.

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    yeah, but do you use the cobs for tp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    yeah, but do you use the cobs for tp?

    TP?

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    Toilet paper.

    And I am going to make a huge lot of corn-on-thr-cob for dinner tonight in Ted's honor.

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    ^ Corn cobs were often for wiping butts, in the days when homes had three bedrooms and a path...

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    I was aiming for something more subtle and crass with the TP.

    Well tuned systems, and all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    i usually butter, salt, pepper the corn and wrap in foil to put on the grill. after it steams in all that for a while i'll pull the foil off and see if it need to char some more before taking it off.

    holy bejesus at that corn pic in #12. not cool man, i haven't eaten breakfast and now my mouth is watering. literally watering.
    Look up 'elotes'. Grill corn (in out out of husk) Mix sour cream and mayonaisse 1:1 and spread liberally over cob, sprinkle with cotija cheese (grated parmesan works), and top with chili powder and paprika.

    My family refuses to eat it any other way now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanM26 View Post
    Look up 'elotes'. Grill corn (in out out of husk) Mix sour cream and mayonaisse 1:1 and spread liberally over cob, sprinkle with cotija cheese (grated parmesan works), and top with chili powder and paprika.

    My family refuses to eat it any other way now.

    DAMMM YOU for telling me that! now i'm STARVING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I was aiming for something more subtle and crass with the TP.

    Well tuned systems, and all...

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    sorry rob, bathroom humor is a staple around my house.

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    Ted is just worried that somewhere there are people enjoying what they eat
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    sorry rob, bathroom humor is a staple around my house.
    You have no idea.

    Suffice to say we have a record for number of consecutive break days. Iíll allow you to figure out what a break day is.

    I am the reigning champ with 58 consecutive break days. There are generally two attempts per day, too, so itís a pretty baller record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    DAMMM YOU for telling me that! now i'm STARVING.
    Youíve never had?

    Truly a sin, of the highest level. It has to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    As a nation we are lazy.

    I eat TONS of corn.

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    you also train and are active and still defy the odds. You are not normal.


    as for most on this forum, their BMI index would suggest cutting back on corn products including fresh corn. An elimination of corn from their diet would mean they could get off or reduce some of their daily prescriptions including heart meds, statins, insulin, anti inflammatories, uptake inhibitors (anti depressants) and others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    You have no idea.

    Suffice to say we have a record for number of consecutive break days. I’ll allow you to figure out what a break day is.

    I am the reigning champ with 58 consecutive break days. There are generally two attempts per day, too, so it’s a pretty baller record.

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    i have no clue what that means. and the internet isn't helping. now i'm wondering if i even want to know what it means

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    you also train and are active and still defy the odds. You are not normal.


    as for most on this forum, their BMI index would suggest cutting back on corn products including fresh corn. An elimination of corn from their diet would mean they could get off or reduce some of their daily prescriptions including heart meds, statins, insulin, anti inflammatories, uptake inhibitors (anti depressants) and others.
    They keep telling me if I straighten up and fly right, I can be normal.

    As for corn, well I donít eat the commercial crap from stores. As for weigh and health issues, Iíd ditch booze well before fresh grains. Even seasonal corn.
    Which, eat seasonally, and itíll be better for you, period.

    Alcohol, though, has as many calories per gram as fat, but is basically sugar. Oof!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    They keep telling me if I straighten up and fly right, I can be normal.

    As for corn, well I don’t eat the commercial crap from stores. As for weigh and health issues, I’d ditch booze well before fresh grains. Even seasonal corn.
    Which, eat seasonally, and it’ll be better for you, period.

    Alcohol, though, has as many calories per gram as fat, but is basically sugar. Oof!

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    we're seasonal on the corn as well. fresh summer sweet corn is awesome. silver queen is a favorite.

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