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of sweetcorn grow on cobs about 18 cm long and are
surrounded by soft pale green leaves known as husks.
With its distinctive bright yellow colour and sweet
flavour, sweetcorn or corn-on-the-cob, can be served
whole or the kernels can be removed. Choose medium-sized
cobs with healthy-looking green husks wrapped tightly
around them. When the husks are pulled away the kernels
should be a pale yellowy white colour (this will brighten
during cooking) and plump.
How To Use Corn-on-the-Cob
is served cooked. It can be cooked whole and served
simply with butter as a tasty starter or snack.
Sweetcorn kernels can be removed from the cob and
served as a side dish or added to soups, risottos,
soufflés, salads, quiches or sandwich fillings.
How To Prepare Corn-on-the-Cob
off the stalk and pull away the leaves and silky
tassels, wash thoroughly. To remove the kernels,
hold the cob upright and cut the kernels off the
lower half of the cob with a small, sharp knife.
Turn the cob around and cut off the remaining kernels
in the same way. For grilling or barbecuing brush
the whole prepared cobs with melted butter and wrap
in foil or simply barbecue the cobs in their husks.
How To Cook Corn-on-the-Cob
can be boiled, grilled or barbecued. To cook whole
cobs, bring a pan of water to the boil and cook
for 8 - 12 minutes or until a kernel comes away
easily. Drain well and serve with black pepper and
butter. To cook kernels, bring a pan of water to
the boil, add the kernels and cook for 5 - 10 minutes
or until tender, drain and serve hot or cold. To
grill or barbecue, preheat a grill to high or light
a barbecue and start cooking once the coals are
white hot. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes, turning occasionally
until the corn is tender.
How To Store Corn-on-the-Cob
be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days but is best
eaten as soon as possible. Store with the husks
wrapped around the corn.
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