Let’s be honest. There’s nothing in the summertime like a great 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 is hard to find a farm near by to receive your fresh picked corn. Fortunately, supermarkets are aware of this and are all competing with each other to get the freshest corn possible. The question is, how can you tell if an ear of corn is fresh and how do you keep it fresh? The answers may surprise you unless you’re experienced with this type of thing. Hopefully though, by the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know exactly how to pick a fresh ear of corn and how to keep it fresh as soon as you get it home.
For starters, the very first thing you have to know is that corn does not stay fresh very long. So the first thing you want to do is be sure you don’t buy your corn before the day you plan on cooking it. That way you’re certain to have the freshest corn potential. 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 individuals think they must open up the corn and look at it to see if it is fresh or check the outside husk. For one thing, the husk, which should be green, is often times removed by the supermarket so there is not any way to tell by that method. As far as looking at the corn itself, well, as soon as you start taking away the husk, the corn starts to lose its flavour. If the tassel is soft and silky then the corn is refreshing. It’s that easy. If it’s starting to get hard and brittle or if it’s been removed, then it isn’t fresh.
Okay, so you have found your fresh corn in the supermarket. The problem you currently face is how to keep it fresh when you’ve brought it home. Well, actually, this is very straightforward. For one thing, you don’t need to start up the husk in any respect, at least until you are ready to cook it. After you have done this, place the corn in the boiling water. As soon as you do so, the water will stop boiling. This is again, very easy. You leave the corn in the water for about 3 to 5 minutes. No longer.
By doing this, you are sure 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 is not the color of the corn which determines sweetness. It is how fresh it’s because the sugar in corn that is not new turns to starch and that is why corn that is not fresh is also not sweet.
Hope these tips help you in picking the freshest and sweetest corn potential.