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Corn on the Cob

There are so many things that I love about Summer, it’s really hard to put it in words. Farm fresh food would be the near the top of my list if not on the top. But now that I think about it family time is definitely what I love most about Summer. This week we are up north in Onekama, Michigan enjoying our annual family camp week at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp.

I have made a a few trips up to PLCBC this Summer, bringing my kids to and from kids camp…..which brings me back to my other love farm fresh food.  During one of the first trips up I carpooled with some other moms, and after we got over mourning the fact we just had left our babies for a whole week at camp with out their mommas, our conversation came around to food.  Surprise! Surprise!

Corn on the cob was one of our hot topics of discussion.  Do you love corn on the cob?  I love corn on the cob!  I literally could eat it everyday.  Of course I could it’s probably the worst vegetable nutritionally, then add on the butter and salt.  Oh golly….I just love me some buttery, salt encrusted cornycob.

What are your feelings about preparing corn on the cob?

As much as I love it, I can’t stand preparing it.  I hate husking corn, and I never get all the hairs off the cob.  Ack they those silky things stick to everything!  I’m always unsure of  how long to boil it?  Then I usually forget about it, over cook it.  Or I start it too late and it’s done way past the meal.  Or it’s too hot to eat….I don’t know, these all seem like very lame excuses, but well aren’t all excuses lame?  I’ve always wanted to try grilling it with the husks on, but haven’t.

My friend asked me if I’d ever microwaved corn on the cob before.


“But it’s so easy”, she said.

Really?  I’m all about easy.

I thought I had better share this with you…because it has changed my life, and it’s nice to share.  I know this seems shallow and silly how microwaving corn could change a girls life, but it has!  You probably already know this corn secret……if you don’t hang on to your seats, we are going for a fast ride!


1. Peel back just a few of the outer husks.

2. Chop off each end of the cob.

Like so, see how nice and neat it looks. Besides taking a few dirty shabby husks off the outside and cutting off the ends you can leave everything else intact.



3. Place corn in microwave, and microwave on high for 4 1/2 minutes.  Remove from microwave with an oven mitt and let rest until corn is cool enough to handle.

Here comes the really slick part!

4. Roll corn cob right on out of the husk.  So easy the hair or corn silk comes right off no struggles, and the corn is done to perfection!  ** You can leave this step for your friends and family.  It’s so easy,  and the husk keeps the corn moist and warm until it’s ready to eat. **

Roll that purdy thang in some buttuh.

Give her a sprinkle of salt.


The real danger in this cooking method is that I now can quickly make myself a corn on the cob snack at any given moment.  If you happen to be at my house and you throw something in the trash and you see it’s full of corn cobs, please don’t judge me.

Oh and one more thing…please tell me, that at least once in your life, you’ve rebuttered the cob and sucked off the butter like a giant corn popsicle.

If you haven’t, I know you’ve wanted to….come on live life to the fullest man, don’t let the little things pass you by!


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  1. I know I’m almost a year late, and corn season is a little bit away yet – however, I can just taste our favorite sweet corn (from our local Sweet Corn Charlie’s) in my imagination! When I was shopping at a fabric store, three ladies were talking about this microwave method…and since women always love to share recipes, I asked them to tell me about it and they were happy to, but I didn’t write it down, so forgot how long, etc. Now – I have the method in black and white and I am ready – let the corn begin! Thanks

  2. Hi Sheila,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Onekama to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  3. Sheila ~ another good way to cook corn on the cob is to husk it (which I don’t like either!) and place cobs in a pressure cooker, add about an inch or two of water. Turn on high and once it starts to whistle, set timer for 4 minutes and the corn is done to perfection! I love me some corn too!! In fact I love me just about everything thats not good for you!!! I’m definately living life to it’s fullest. 🙂

    1. I need to get a pressure cooker! My mom always used one and I don’t have one. I hear you on the living life to it’s fullest…and mm mmm it taste so good doesn’t it?! xoxox love ya Tracy! Sheila

  4. I will definitely try this the next time we have corn – we are currently in “Corn Mourning” however, as a raccoon decided to help him/herself to the very few ears we had that looked like they were going to be edible. Poor Hubby’s been waiting 20 years to have a great vegetable garden, put a lot of effort into it, and is feeling mighty down in the mouth about that midnight raid! Of course we probably paid $1 for the seeds and Corn on the Cob is selling 6 ears for $1 at the grocery store right now!

  5. I have done this and it is life changing. You can also throw it fully intact on the grill for about 10 minutes. So yummy!