Here in California we already have fresh sweet corn showing up in grocery stores. It hasn't hit the farmer's markets yet, so it must be coming up from Southern California. We've already had it a few times for dinner.
When it comes to cooking, I will take shortcuts to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as I can as long as it does not impact the flavor of the dish I am making. When I discovered this magic corn cooking trick I was elated because there is minimal cleanup, I don't have to spend a lot of time trying to get the silk off of the corn, and the overall prep and cook time is shorter. An additional bonus of the magic corn trick is that I don't boil all of the nutrients out of the corn.
Are you ready for this? Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat or an ear of corn out of the husk.
1. Remove a few of the outer husks that might be dirty.
2. Cut the bottoms off of the corn. Be sure to cut above the part of the cob where the husk is attached. It would be above the part of the cob where it starts to round down.
3. Place a moist paper towel on the bottom of the microwave or on top of the carousel and place the corn on the paper towel.
4. Use this guide for your cook time. Remember the cook time can vary for each microwave.
1 ear - 2 minutes
2 ears - 3 to 4 minutes
3 ears - 5 to 6 minutes
4 ears - 7 to 8 minutes
6 ears - 8 to 9 minutes
5. After cooking, let the corn sit about 3 minutes. It will continue to cook and will be cooler and easier to handle.
6. Pick the cooked corn up by the top (you might want to use an oven mitt if it is too hot to handle) and squeeze and lightly shake out the ear of corn. It should just slide out leaving the silk and all of the husks intact.
7. Just like magic, your corn is cleaned and cooked!