Aw Shucks: Why We Love Sweet Corn on the Cob
Corn! It has the juice. Baugher’s has been growing sweet corn long before it became an internet sensation. We can’t imagine a more beautiful thing. Here’s a quick guide on shucking, eating, and freezing sweet corn.
How To Shuck Corn
Whether you’re grilling corn or making tamales, corn husks are a great way to steam food. But you don’t really want to heat the husks.
So how do you husk (or shuck) corn?
It’s easy! Grab a section of husk from the top of the ear (where you see a tuft of spindly ‘hairs’ or silk). Pull that section down to the bottom of the corn. Repeat until you have exposed all of the kernels. Then, simply snap or twist off the husks.
You can remove excess silk. But these ‘hairs’ are also safe to eat.
Down on the farm, we like to turn the chore of husking corn into a late summer sport. Divide the ears of corn evenly amongst your kids. First kid to shuck all of their corn wins!
What To Do With Farm Fresh Corn on the Cob
- Eat it as is. Sweet and snappy, Baugher’s corn on the cob is delicious raw. Just husk the ears, give the corn a rinse, and you have yourself an on-the-go snack.
- Butter ‘em up! This one’s the classic. Boil husked ears of corn for about 3-5 minutes. Remove from water. Once they’ve cooled down enough to touch, spread some butter on the ears and eat off the cob.
- Mix corn kernels into a stir fry for a natural bit of sweetness.
- Freeze corn. Husk the corn. Use a knife to scrape corn kernels from the ear. Spread the kernels out on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in the freezer overnight. Use a spatula to scoop the frozen corn into a freezer-safe container. Enjoy within 12 months of freezing.
Health Benefits of Corn
Fun fact: corn is not technically a vegetable. Scientists classify corn as a fruit! Whatever you call this summertime staple, corn provides several surprising health benefits.
Corn contains a lot of insoluble fiber, making it helpful for gut health and digestion. It also offers an array of nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, folate, magnesium, and calcium. Plus, despite its sweetness, corn is a low-glycemic food.
Frozen corn offers pretty much the same health benefits as fresh corn on the cob. So it’s worth stocking up on fresh Baugher’s corn on the cob to help you eat healthy year round.