Did you get a kernel of corn right from the field? Well, it may be difficult to cook it properly


Do you love boiled corn? Of course you do. Everybody loves delicious sweet corn. Most of us just buy corn at the supermarket, right? If you can, choose the fresh pieces. They are often sold in pairs and the price ranges from 1.5 to 2 euros. Many of you who live near cornfields may say that this is unnecessary investment when there is plenty of corn right in the field. However, when you try to cook kernels of corn picked right at the field you may have a problem. So, what could possibly be the problem?

Sweet corn is not feed-corn

You grow or buy sweet corn at the supermarket. It was bred specifically to be sold and then cooked. With this corn you can be sure that you will cook properly and that it will taste great. It will have the typical sugar taste. Of course, this is not the case if you pick feed-corn from the field. Even when fully ripe, it will not taste as sweet as sweet corn, but many people don’t mind, but there is one more thing…

popcornPhoto: Pixabay

You must pick the corn when it is fully ripe and you must know the time precisely!

Just look at the ear of corn. If you still see small white grains, then you can be sure that it has not fully ripened yet. Sure, you will cook the corn, but it will taste horribly. The optimal stage or time to cook feed-corn occurs at when it starts turning yellow. It cannot be white, but it cannot be deep yellow and dry either. If, during late autumn, the leaves around the cob are dry, then do not pick it because it is worthless. You will not be able to cook if even in a week.

cooking corn
Cooking corn: Photo Pixabay

How long should you cook corn?

Ideally, between 20 and 30 minutes. Longer times will not do you any good. The corn must be soft and pliable. You should be able to separate individual grains from the cob easily. After cooking in a slightly salted water, add more salt, or pour melted butter over it. Whether you try sweet corn or feed-corn it is up to you. And one more thing, water where you cooked your corn can be also useful, so do not throw it away!

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Radek Štěpán

Gardening is my hobby, I have a lot of experience and I am happy to share it.


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