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Friday, June 21, 2013

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Summer time fun goes hand-in-hand with outdoor living!  For many, including us that means spending a lot of time with family and friends.  Keeping the food prep and clean-up is always appreciated but more so for summer meals 

grilled corn on the cob ready to be husked
Grilled corn on the cob is delightful!  It develops a lovely flavour with just a hint of smokiness to accent the sweetness of the corn.  This really is an easy way to cook corn without having to heat a huge pot of boiling water.  Be warned that corn on the cob can take up a significant amount of grill real estate so plan accordingly.

Of note, corn is prone to European corn borers and corn beetles.  Corn borers as their name implies bore into the corn.  These greyish white worm-like pests can be flicked out of the kernels with the tip of a knife then cut the affected kernels off.   Genetically modified corn (Bt corn) has be transgenetically altered to include a gene from Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. kurstaki to produce a toxin to kill off the corn borer.  This corn while beautiful looking and damage-free from the corn borer should be avoided as evidence is now coming out that the gene remains active in the human gut causing gastro-intestinal problems (eg. leaky gut, IBS, and etc).  Corn beetles are sometimes found around the silk end of the cob.  They can easily be brushed off.

Method:  Soak the corn in the husk for 15 minutes.  Remove from the water and place on hot grill.  Grill for 30 minutes turning to cook evenly.  The husks will get quite charred.  Hold the cob of corn with an oven mitt then peel back the husk.  The silk will come off easily with the husk.  Serve

grilled corn on the cob husked
Just look at those mouthwatering golden kernels of delicious corn just waiting for a little butter and sea salt!  The grilled corn kernels are plumb, tender and juicy, full of flavour.  The reason being the corn is steamed in its own husks so flavour is not lost  Although this cob of corn did not get any grill marks on it, sometimes there are.

Grilled corn on the cob is one of our favourite sides with grilled steak and foil wrapped potatoes.  However, grilled corn on the cob need not be reserved for summer meals.  We have been known to grill up a couple of dozen ears of corn to enjoy around the campfire as a snack.   There's no need to fire up the grill either when the corn can be grilled right on the campfire!  Hmm, I think a camping trip this summer is in order...

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