There are certain tastes that remind us of summer, and corn on the cob is one of them. Fresh ears of corn are available from local farmers markets starting in July through late fall. You can have the freshest-tasting corn with an added zip whether you prefer your summer corn cooked on the grill or indoors in your oven.
Summer Corn on the Cob Tips
Cooking Corn on the Cob in Foil
While, traditionally, corn on the cob is boiled in water on top of the stove, a better way to cook it is wrapped in foil. Boiling can reduce flavor that is kept inside when using foil. Corn wrapped in foil can be cooked directly in a campfire, on a grill or in the oven. Just clean the cob, add any spices or herbs; then wrap it fully in foil, overlapping and folding in the ends, so nothing leaks out. If you are cooking in a campfire, use double layers and close it in thoroughly. Then, you can put the corn directly on the coals. At home, place it directly on the oven or grill rack to cook. Corn takes about 20 minutes and should be turned if heat source is a grill or campfire.
Adding Herbed Butters or Dry Marinades
A simple way of adding flavor to corn on the cob is to add herbed butters or dry marinades inside the foil while cooking. This cooks the flavor into the corn through steam heat. The foil keeps moisture inside the package that steams the corn inside. There are many herb combinations that taste great on corn. In fact, grocery stores are starting to stock herb mixtures in shaker bottles to add to your summer corn. Suggested herbs and spices to include:
- Chili pepper
- Jalapeño pepper
- Italian spices
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Salt/herb combination
Adding Sugar to Your Corn
Another trick is to add a little sugar to your corn on the cob, or mix it with a spice you like such as a cinnamon and sugar rub. That combination goes very well with chicken or pork. You can use the same foil method and rub the cinnamon/sugar mixture on the corn before putting it in foil. Two parts sugar to one part cinnamon is perfect for this recipe. For those with a sweet tooth, you can have your corn and "sweet" it too.
For those who can't eat corn from a cob, you can still do everything above; then slice the corn off the cob onto your plate before eating. You still get the fresh corn taste without the hassle. To learn about our apartments in Chicago, please stop by our office or give us a call.