How to Shuck Corn

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Shucking corn is the important first step in preparing fresh corn on the cob. Unless you're planning on roasting corn in the husk over an open fire, you've got to shuck. This is a great family activity for you and your kids.

Things You'll Need

  • Garbage bags
  • Large pots
  • Vegetable brush
  • Put ears of corn in a large pot and gather a trash bag or recycle bag.

  • Take the ears of corn outside, or to a place away from the kitchen where you can make a mess.

  • Grab the top of an ear of corn just below the silks with thumbs and forefingers.

  • Pull each side of the husk away from the top of the ear.

  • Grab one of the loose sides and tear in a downward motion. Do the same with the other side.

  • Tear off any remaining husk a piece at a time until the entire cob is exposed. Break off the long end piece of the ear as close to the bottom as possible.

  • Dust off as many left over silks as possible by hand. When you take the corn inside to wash, use a brush to get the rest.

Tips & Warnings

  • Shuck corn for any type of cooking other than roasting outside.
  • Dry corn husks to make crafts or use for homemade tamales.
  • Recycle used corn cobs in a covered compost bin.
  • Always check fresh corn on the cob before purchasing by pulling down a little on the husk. Look for kernels that are fully formed and plump.

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