Fresh Corn

Fresh Corn

 There is nothing better than biting into a fresh ear of corn. One of the most popular vegetables in the world, corn can be prepared in a multitude of different ways.

Organic VS Genetically Modified

Fresh corn has been in the news quite a bit lately, with people outraged about farmers using
genetically modified techniques to grow corn. Those against genetically modified corn say that there is no proof GMO’s are safe because of the amount of chemicals needed to grow GMO’s. In fact, most countries have banned their use.

Organic corn is grown without chemicals in and is full of vitamins, minerals, and vital nutrients. Organic corn is usually more expensive than corn that has been grown with GMO’s.

Where is it Grown?

The US is the world’s largest producer growing over 35% of the planets corn. The Corn Belt consists of Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. China is the second largest producer of corn. Other countries that grow the crops include Africa, Mexico, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Romania.

Selecting Corn

Sweet ripe corn has moist husks that are bright green. When choosing corn, look for dark, stiff, and moist silk. When you press gently on the husk, you should feel the kernels.

After you buy your corn, keep it cool and moist. When you get home from the market, refrigerate it immediately. Corn loses about 25% of its sugar after it has been picked. Cook your fresh corn as soon as possible in order to retain its natural sugars.

Cooking Time

If you are boiling your corn, use a pot that is large enough to hold the corn. Fill with water, cover, and bring to a boil. Add your corn and continue to boil for three or four minutes, covered or not covered.  You can also boil your corn with the husk on. Once your water starts to boil, turn the heat off and put your corn in the water, cover and leave until ready to serve.

Grilling corn is prepared by pulling the husk back and leaving it attached at the cobs base. Before you do this, soak the ears for 15 minutes. Discard the silk. Add butter by patting the corn dry, rubbing with softened butter, and pulling the husks back up. Grill for 15 minutes.

Microwaving your corn is best for one or two ears of corn. After you husk and discard the silk, rinse and loosely wrap with paper towels. Microwave on high for one or two minutes.

If you want to bake your corn, preheat at 375°. Prepare as you would for grilling, but place ears in a single layer directly on the oven rack or in a baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

What's your favorite method for preparing fresh corn?

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