DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - Corn on the cob in the summer is about as "American" as you get, and it's been around since before our country was formed. However, a method of getting those pesky silks off the cob is just starting to make its rounds, too.
An older gentleman named Ken is on YouTube showing how you can microwave corn in its husk in the microwave. Then, you simply cut off one end, and shake out the cob. It supposedly comes out with no silks on the cob, thanks to the steaming effect of the corn in the microwave. The video has received more than 6.6 million clicks, but Does it Work?
"I've never heard of anything like it before," admits Kendra Williams.
Kendra is eager to try it. Her crew loves corn on the cob, but not shucking it.
"We would eat corn on the cob a lot more if it wasn't such a pain to get ready. We cook it on the grill."
This method says to microwave it: four minutes per ear, but we punch in eight, so we can shuck and thoroughly cook it.
Remember, Ken says you have to cut off the entire end of the husk, and then shake.
"I think it's going to work."
She gives it a shake and out plops the clean corn on the cob. There are barely any silks left behind! This method is quick and easy.
However, as pleased as we are, Kendra points out if you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed, this microwave method could be time-consuming. So, we devise our own test. We want to see what happens when we put two ears of corn in the microwave at a time.
We 'up' the time to ten minutes total. We notice steaming condensation on the side of the microwave like last time. The kids notice it's smelling like popcorn in here again, too.
"There it goes!"
Third time's a charm! No problems shucking and de-silking this corn with virtually little effort.
"It's an A+ method, absolutely."
The corn passes the taste test, too. There were no stringy silks left in these mouthfuls of teeth.
So, the next time you have a few ears of corn you'd like to quickly cook, just microwave and shake. Special thanks to Ken and his YouTube video! This method cooks up an A+ on this Does it Work test.