Fireflies. Volleyball. Sandy toes. Lemonade. Grass poking through a picnic blanket. Campfires. Corn on the cob. All of these bring summer vividly to mind, and fresh, locally-grown corn on the cob, with its buttery-sweet crisp crunch, is one of the perfect tastes of summer. Summer may be coming to a close, but all the way until late September, corn is at its best. Every day, it comes to us fresh, crisp, delicious and fresh picked. It’s only when the first frost comes that corn stops growing.
As we begin to savor the last of the summer weather, perhaps it’s time for a variation on traditional boiled corn on the cob (delicious though it is). The Wolff family often changes things up by grilling our locally grown corn. Here’s how we do it.
- Corn on the cob, in husk.
- Fire up the outdoor grill.
- Keep the corn in its husk. If you wish, pull all the corn husks back and remove all the corn silk, then close the husk around the corn. This makes the corn less messy when husking it after it comes off the grill.
- Wet the corn down.
- Keeping the corn off to the side, or on a higher shelf, or cooking it over lower heat so that the husks don’t burn, carefully place the corn on the grill.
- Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Using tongs, take corn off the grill (be very careful, it will be hot!)
- Let the husks cool down for 1-3 minutes.
- Carefully husk the corn once it has cooled.
- Butter and salt the corn to taste, serve and enjoy!
Of course, we also often enjoy cooking fresh corn on the cob indoors on the stove-top. When we do, we maximize the corn’s flavor and texture by following these steps:
- Corn on the cob, husked
- Bring a large pot or saucepan of water to a boil.
- Gently place corn into water.
- Let the water come to a boil again.
- Turn off the heat.
- Let the corn stand in the pot 2-10 minutes. Fresh corn on the cob can be overcooked easily, which can make it tough. Experiment for yourself with how long you like to let it stand.
- Using tongs, remove corn from the pot and let it cool.
- Butter and salt the corn to taste, serve and enjoy this memorable taste of summer.