Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Corn Huskers

I have an issue the grocery store corn huskers. If you spend any time around the corn on the cob bin at your local grocer you will notice people opening and pealing back the husk to inspect the corn. They seem to pick only one of every four ears they husk. What the hell are you looking for, corn boars? Out of all the corn I have ever purchased I have yet to ever find an ear with a corn boar on it.

I did see them when I worked on a farm that had 20 acres of corn planted on it. There we would feel the end of the corn and then you tell if they were present or not. We felt the end of every ear through the husk, and if there was a lump or a valley we would open the ear to inspect.

You don’t have to strip the corn to inspect it. Simply feel the last two inches of the cob through the husk. You should be able to feel how developed the kernels are. If you need to have large kernels right up to the end you should be able to feel it unless you have neuropathy in your fingers. You should be able to feel where the developed kernels end and the immature kernels begin. If you feel a strange lump or a valley under the surface; there is probably a boar present. If you buy an ear with a bore on it, just cut off the damaged end and eat the corn as normal.

Please stop husking the corn in the store. It really isn’t cool.


Blogger Donna said...

My fear is that I'll buy overly-mature corn. So yes, I have a peek at my corn on the rare occasions when I buy it at the store.

8:10 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I'm always afraid there is going to be microfilm or alien technology or perhaps even a small nuclear device cleverly hidden inside and I'm going to be inadvertently caught up in an international power struggle between shadowy government agencies and in a desperate fight for my life across the country. You gotta watch out for those things. They can ruin your whole day. Like I said, nothing good ever comes out of a cornfield!

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You see Guy, women like their corn like they like their men; not to immature or gone by so they peel back the husk and squeeze a kernel with their fingernail to see if it will spurt a milky liquid. If it does they buy, if not forget it. This information has been passed down from mother to daughter for many generations.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Tango said...

Wow...thanks. So, this works on men? Hope I don't get into trouble squeezing the guys at work tonight. Somebody please set up a "bail out tango" paypal account.
...maybe I should wait and find out more about this, Anonymous?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

mmm - corn. grilled. with real butter. lots of it. and napkins.

11:09 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

As soon as an ear is picked the sugars in the kernels turn to starch. Milky is not what you want to find. If it is really fresh corn it will be more clear than milky. It is more than likely that all the corn for your selection came from the same field, picked at the same time. Though there may be some differing maturity on the tip they are all very close and will taste the same.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I guess there is a lot of misinformation about that milky biz. I've seen dozens of gals who consider them selves savvy shoppers perform the pinched kernel test in the store. The proper place for that test is in your own corn field when you want to harvest your crop at its peak for freezing. I've always said that the time to pick corn is when the water is boiling

10:56 AM  
Blogger weese said...

i do so agree with this.
at our store they put a big can there and people completely husk the corn in the store.

1:32 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Anon, for a real treat husk it and eat it while it is still on the stalk. It is really good, better than boiled.

Weese, What the hell is right. Our horses love eating the husks. If people don't want to husk right before preparation, they should buy frozen corn.

1:45 PM  

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