Let’s be honest. There is nothing in the summertime like a good hot dog, hamburger and some fresh corn on the cob. Unfortunately, with the large number of farms going out of business due to rising costs, it’s tough to find a farm close by to get your fresh picked corn. Fortunately, supermarkets understand this and are competing with each other to find the freshest corn possible. The answers may surprise you unless you are experienced with this sort of thing. Hopefully though, by the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know precisely how to select a fresh ear of corn and how to keep it fresh once you get it home.
For starters, the very first thing you have to understand is that corn doesn’t stay fresh long. So the first thing you need to do is be sure you don’t buy your corn before the day you plan on cooking it. That way you are sure to have the freshest corn possible. Needless to say, that doesn’t mean that the corn you find in the supermarket is going to be fresh. So how do you tell?
Most people think they have to open up the corn and look at it to see if it is fresh or check the outside husk. In fact, neither of these methods is a sure fire way to tell. To begin with, the husk, which should be green, is often times removed by the supermarket so there’s absolutely not any way to tell by that method. So far as looking at the corn itself, well, the moment you start removing the husk, the corn begins to lose its flavour. No, there is only one sure fire way to tell if an ear of corn is fresh and that is from the tassel at the end of it. If the tassel is soft and silky then the corn is refreshing. It’s that easy. If it’s beginning to become hard and brittle or if it’s been removed, then it isn’t fresh.
Okay, so you have found your fresh corn at the supermarket. The problem you now face is how to keep it fresh once you’ve brought it home. Well, actually, this is very straightforward. For one thing, you don’t want to start up the husk at all, at least not until you’re ready to cook it. Once you get home, put on a huge pot of water and bring it to a boil. While the water is getting ready to boil do not remove the husk from the corn. Wait until the water is boiled and then remove the husk. After you’ve done this, put the corn in the boiling water. Once you do this, the water will stop boiling. The final question is how long to cook the corn for. That is again, very easy. You leave the corn in the water for around 3 to 5 minutes. No longer.
Using this method, you are certain to pick not only the freshest but the sweetest corn potential. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t matter whether the corn is either yellow or white. It’s not the colour of the corn that determines sweetness. It is how fresh it’s because the sugar in corn that is not fresh turns to starch and that’s the reason corn that isn’t fresh is also not sweet.
Hope these tips help you in choosing the freshest and sweetest corn potential.