There's nothing tastier than sweet summer corn. Here's a simple boiling technique that will bring out the delicious natural flavor of corn on the cob, every time.
- Always choose the freshest corn available. If you don't like what your supermarket has to offer, try finding a local farmer's market or natural foods store. Pull back the husk to reveal the kernels, which should be white (or yellow) and plump. Pop off a kernel and eat it--even raw corn should be sweet.
- Peel back the husk and pull off the majority of the silk strings. For the remaining small strings, use a dry basting brush to brush them off the cob. If you don't have a brush handy, try dragging a moist paper towel down the length of the cob.
- Fill a large pot with water, adding in a 1/4 cup of sugar for 1-4 cobs, 1/2 cup for 4-8 cobs.
- Place corn in an uncovered pot and bring to a boil.
- You'll know your water is boiling high enough once some of the cobs begin to roll. Continue boiling on high for 8-10 minutes.
- Carefully remove cobs with a set of tongs. You should be able to pop a kernel off the end fairly easily. Let cool on a paper towel.
- Enjoy with butter and salt!