How to Remove Sweet Corn From the Cob


Corn on the cob is a classic summer food that fits in with any barbecue or potluck. Eating your corn this way can be messy and offers only limited options. Removing corn kernels from the cob, however, allows you to use the individual kernels in a wide range of recipes. You can sprinkle them over salads, bake them onto a pizza, use them to make corn salsa or even include them in cornbread for extra freshness.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Remove the husk and hairy threads from the corn cob. You can discard these.

  • Hold the stem of the corn cob in your non-dominant hand. Place the tip securely against a cutting board, holding the cob almost vertical.

  • Grab the knife securely in your dominant hand and place the edge of the knife on the top (stem end) of the corn cob, near the base of the kernels.

  • Slice downward along the cob toward the cutting board, cutting off several rows of kernels. Turn the cob slightly and replace the knife at the top of the cob above another row of kernels. Slice downward again. Repeat this process until you have removed all of the kernels from the cob.

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