Works for Me Wednesday: easy corn shucking

wfmwbanner1.jpgWelcome back to Shannon’s Works for Me Wednesday‘s blog carnival!
When it comes to eating corn, my family has a long, long history. My dad always made a production of stopping at roadside corn stands all around the small town where I grew up, timing visits to when the latest load was coming in from the field. The scene at home was Children of the Corn, not the movie, but the practice of the kids doing the shucking—outdoors only, and getting every last strand of silk off those babies. My mum used the corn pot—only ever that one pot—and the corn cooked for a very precise four minutes. We used little corn stabbers in the ends, and what ensued at the dinner table or the picnic table was a salt and butter ecstasy.

For three months out of the year, my kids and I feast on corn (smarter about the butter and salt ecstasy, I must admit). Starting a couple of years ago, grocery stores around my neck of the woods put boxes by the corn for people who like to shuck in store—an excellent way to:

  1. keep a messy job off your floor or deck
  2. guarantee every cob you purchase is to your liking
  3. save time when you get home
  4. kill time while someone else babysits
  5. share corn stories with other shuckers (OK, maybe that’s just me, but people seem very friendly while they’re doing kitchen work, even in the middle of Sobey’s produce department).
  6. What was the point of this post?!??!

Yes! Easy corn shucking! Unless you feel comfortable taking a cleaver to the grocery store (don’t do it. It’s against the law. Food is lousy in jail. It isn’t worth it), this is an at-home technique, and one that gets rid of the most silk.

Cut off the rounded end of the cob with a cleaver, veg knife, whatever. Shuck the corn upside down, from cut end to pointed end. When you cut off the rounded end, you’ll expose the husks like rings of an onion, and they are super-easy to pull away. When you get to the silk, it falls away easily, with few left to fight with. I used this method last night over my under-the-sink organic garbage container, and not one piece of silk fell on the kitchen floor. Better even than that, only three or four silk strands left to pull out. It works for me!


  1. Do you use the boxes and shuck in-store?
  2. How long do you boil your corn?
  3. How long will you keep it in the fridge before eating?
  4. Does the stray silk really bother you when you’re cleaning? or when you’re eating?
  5. I don’t grill corn, but many people swear by it. Are you a convert to either side?
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4 Responses

  1. I never shuck in the store – a few reasons – the biggest being that if we don’t end up eating it right away – it lasts longer and second – I have a toddler with me – takes way too much time and she gets impatient….

  2. I don’t shuck in the store either, I never even knew it was an option. I do sometimes pull back a little husk from the edge to make sure the corn looks okay.

    When you say “the rounded end” do you mean the end that was attached to the stalk? Both ends kind of seem round to me! 🙂 Thanks for the tip, I look forward to trying it.

  3. Wow! I am going to try this.

    I don’t shuck in the store. As Jenny said, I may not eat it right away, plus I compost, and I’m never quite sure what happens to the stuff in the store…does it go straight to landfill? My little bit of being green.

    I boil it for 8 minutes (although I test with a fork because corn like potatoes can be tempermental).

    My mother always adds a bit of milk to the water when she makes corn. Something she learned from a corn grower years ago. She swears it makes the corn more tender…not certain of that, but it has become a family tradition that certainly doesn’t harm the taste.

  4. best mum ever
    just dropping in to say it

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