My business partner (for my manderpants company) tells me I’m the skeptical one. I’m the one that asks the questions. That brings up the potential for disastrous outcomes. That reads the Yelp reviews, all of them, before we book hotels – I mean, bed bugs are a real thing, people.That may be prone to thinking something just isn’t quite right. That maybe – just maybe – Googles too much – I’m a really good Googler.
So when the microwave corn video started showing up all over Facebook and in my other social media feeds – because I follow food stuff and stuff – I didn’t really believe it. I mean, people do lie on the Internet.
I thought I had mastered the most succulent and fabulous corn the old fashioned way…a best friend who is ‘corn-psychic’ and selects perfect cobs every time, lots of shucking, big pot of water, butter and whole milk (or cream, who cares?) in the boiling water…add corn, cover, turn off heat – wait 12 mins, eat.
But this is no longer the best way. Plus, if there’s one KP job I hate – it’s shucking. I said ‘shucking’…
So…the microwave corn with no shucking at all intrigued me.
Corn IN the cob – 1, 2, 22 pieces, I don’t care – ps, it was on sale at Whole Foods this week, so, bonus!
Preheat the……wait, you don’t need to do that
Fill a large pot with water….nope, not that either
1. Open the microwave. Yeah. Do that.
2. Put an ear of corn or two or three, whatever, in the microwave – DO NOT GIVE A SHUCK
3. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, just 3
4. It’s very very hot – wear an oven mitt, please…AND – Remove from microwave and cut the base off – you need to cut about a 1/2 inch into the kernel part – it’s fine, you’ll have enough corn, promise, trust me, google it.
5. Hold the icky hairy top part of the corn with an oven mitt and shake it like a Polaroid picture….this is sorta the hard part – you have to really shake to get it moving out of the sheath
6. As the corn starts to come clean of the sheath, you can assist by pulling the perfect corn with a second oven mitt
7. et voila – perfect corn, no sheath, no hairy stuff and you don’t have to give a shuck
Test was so successful, that I zapped two more ears and made magical toasted corn.
Is the lesson have more faith in things you see/read on the Internet? Uh…don’t think so – but keep reading, investigating, googling, if you will…and ultimately, test it for yourself. Sometimes it’s best to be skeptical, sometimes it’s best to not give a shuck.