A Guide To Grilling Corn On The Cob

Corn on the cob is a staple during the summer time. If you’re learning to cook online, you know that there are many ways to prepare corn. However, with this technique, gone are the days of lugging pots of boiling water across your kitchen. Instead, ditch the water and throw your corn on the grill. This method can give your corn the extra flavor you’ve been searching for. Here is a guide to grilling corn on the cob:

Picking the best corn
Like cooking all fresh produce, the process begins by picking the best ingredients you can. Though the easiest way to discover if corn is good is to peel the husk back and see for yourself, that’s not always an option when you’re in the grocery store. Instead, run your fingers down the husk to feel the kernels. They should be full and firm. If you discover any holes, avoid that ear of corn. The husk’s color should be bright green and tightly wrapped around the corn. Some may even feel slightly damp; this means the corn is fresh. Avoid any husks with holes or black tassels. Generally, corn with either of those two characteristics are old. When in doubt, just ask someone working in the produce section of your local supermarket.

Prepping the corn
You’ve picked out your perfect corn, so now what? This next step comes down to preference. You can leave the husk on or remove it. Either method will provide you with that smoky grilled taste. Some people also prefer to wrap the corn in aluminum foil when grilling.The decision is yours. But if you decide to shuck the corn before grilling, you should soak it in water before for about 15 minutes.

The grill’s heat should be on medium/high. To cook the corn, directly place it onto the grill. Rotate the cobs throughout the process to make sure they’re grilled fully and evenly. This process should take about 10 minutes if your corn was shucked, or 15 if it was whole. If you left the husk on, the outside should appear blackened when cooked, but the interior should be steamed and moist. Just peel back a little of the husk or the aluminum foil to be sure your corn is ready to eat. Note that overcooking corn will make it soggy, so make sure to keep an eye on your corn.

The final step
Corn can be served a multitude of ways. It can be delicious on its own, rich from the charcoal flavors of the grill or seasoned with butter, salt, etc. Another popular dish is to serve your corn Mexican style, also known as elote. Chefs recommend keeping this corn recipe in aluminum foil for easy clean up. To complete this recipe, top your grilled corn with the following: chili powder, cotija cheese, cilantro, lime juice and a little bit of mayonnaise or butter to make all the flavors stick. This will add vibrant colors and flavors to your meal!

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