We love corn on the cob at our house, but we usually end up needing to break out the toothpicks afterwards because the little hairs or silk that inevitably sticks to the corn also gets stuck in our teeth. That’s always annoying, but I think I have found a way to fix this problem.
Some of you may not like this idea entirely, as you have to microwave the corn. Yep. You must nuke it, but I have tried it and it’s actually really good and silk free too.
How it works:
Put your corn, husk and all in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes per ear. (1 ear 4 mins, 2 ears 8 mins, etc.) I recommend putting in a flat batch. Stacking them hasn’t worked out the greatest for me, unless you plan to rotate throughout the cooking cycle. Then stacking should be fine.
Remove the corn from the microwave right away. Don’t let it sit. The longer you wait, the less easy it will be to get the corn out. Be sure to use an oven mitt as they are hot.
Put the corn on a cutting board and cut off the very bottom portion of the corn.
You should have something that looks like this.
Grab the corn by the top of the husk and shake it a little. Ideally the corn should slide right out without any silk, but if you waited too long to cut it and it doesn’t come right out, you may need to push it down a little for it to come out. No biggie. It will still work.
Your corn should be for the most part free of silk. Yeah!
I’m not sure if this will work for boiling or grilling, so if you experiment with it, please let me know how it works.
Idea Adapted from Joy in My Kitchen.