How to clean corn cobs for cooking wheat ears or preparing popcorn. From harvesting in the field to cooking in the pot. How to clean ears of corn for cooking cobs or preparing popcorn corn.
In the garden we can grow a few rows of corn or maize (Turkish wheat). The cobs collected, depending on the variety planted, can be used for the preparation of crackling popcorn or ears to bite.
Actually all the corn(corn) can be used both for the preparation of popcorn and for cooking corn on the cob but there are some sweeter varieties that are better suited to cooking corn and varieties more suitable for the preparation of popcorn. For all information, please refer to the page dedicated tocultivation of corn from popcorn and cobs.
When to harvest corn ears
Before you see how to clean corn cobs(or ears of turkish wheat) it is important to establish the time of harvest.
To understand if one ear of cornis ready for the harvest we must observe the beards, those filaments that come out from the tip. When the beards are brown, the ears are ready. If you love more tender ears, you can harvest them as soon as the beards show a bronze / coppery color but not yet brown.
If you buy them instead, here's what to check
To be sure that you are buying cobs with the right degree of ripeness, open the first leaves that cover the ear and try to scratch a grain with a fingernail. If a milky juice with a creamy consistency comes out of the grain, that corn on the cob is ready for cooking in the pot. If a watery liquid comes out of the grain, it is too unripe and not very tasty, while if no liquid comes out or you can't scratch the corn grain, the ear is too ripe and cannot be cooked in a pot. When the ears are overripe, if they are the right variety they can be cooked as popcorn.
How to clean the cobs or ears of corn
What we callcobit's actually calledspadix orear. The panicle is the male inflorescence placed on the top of the stem of the plant while theearor spadix is the female inflorescence ofcorn, what we consume.
Theearsthey appear closed and collected between the leaves which have the task of protecting the corn kernels. At the time of cleaning you will have to leaf through the ear, gradually removing all the leaves that enclose the spadix. Once the first layers of leaves have been removed, you will notice some filaments that must be removed carefully.
To speed up the process ofcleaning of corn cobsyou can cut the tip of the cob with a knife, taking care not to break the portion of the spadix that collects the seeds. Once the tip of theearit will be easier to remove all the leaves.
How to cook corn on the cob
The beans, still on ear,they are consumed boiled or grilled or in the oven. The most practical method is boiled cooking: just boil unsalted water and lower the corn on the cob. Make sure that all the cobs are completely covered with water. Cook for about 40 minutes from when the water begins to boil. Add salt at the end of cooking, letting the cobs cool in water.
Grilled corn on the cob are very tasty even if, left for too long on the grill, they risk becoming hard so be careful. Once you have a red-hot embers (or a hot grill), let the corn on the cob cook for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring it constantly.
Corn cobs and ears - Cooking times
Warning! Different ears see different cooking times!What makes the difference is not only the size of the corn but also the degree of ripeness. Very ripe ears tend to be harder and therefore require much longer cooking times. The times increase even if many days pass from the harvest to the pot. The ideal would be to collect tender corn ears and cook them as soon as possible from the moment of harvest.