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In Ontario, summer is synonymous with sweet, juicy corn. To make the most of the season, read our quick tips on how to pick and prepare fresh corn.

Raw Fresh Corn

Tips to Pick & Store Corn

🌽 🌽 🌽 Remember that the best corn is whatever is local and fresh to you. Be sure to consume it quickly as it begins to lose sweetness as soon as it’s picked.

🌽 🌽 🌽 Shopping etiquette suggests you don’t peel back the layers to peek at the corn because it dries out the corn for other shoppers. Instead, look at the tassels at the end of the cob – they should be brown and sticky. The ear should be symmetrical and a good size but not too fat or thin. The outer husk should be bright green, and tightly wrapped around the ear, and if you feel through the husk with your fingers, the kernels underneath should feel firm and somewhat uniform.

🌽 🌽 🌽 If you aren’t able to cook your corn right away, keep the husk on because it preserves the flavour. Store in the fridge and enjoy within 3 days.

Ways to Prepare Corn

🌽 🌽 🌽 Farm fresh corn can be eaten raw…cut off the kernels and add them to a salsa or salad.

🌽 🌽 🌽 Most people enjoy corn cooked, either boiled or grilled.

To boil, prepare your corn by husking and wiping away excess silky threads using a damp cloth or paper towel. Then bring a large pot of water to boil – make sure the corn will fit and be submerged. If your pot isn’t big enough, cut the cobs in half or cook them in batches. When the corn is added, let it come back up to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes. We find that overcooking corn makes it tougher rather than softer. Then remove and enjoy with salt and butter!

To grill, soak the entire husks in water for 20 minutes but up to one hour. Then place directly on a BBQ over medium heat but not over the direct flame for about 20 minutes, turning once.

Alternatively shuck your corn as if you were going to boil it and grill for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Again, once cooked, serve promptly.

Reduce Food Waste!

🌽 🌽 🌽 If you have left over corn on the cob, don’t waste it. Cut the kernels off and either freeze them or enjoy them later on their own or as part of another recipe.

🌽 🌽 🌽 A quick cooking tip: don’t toss the cobs! Throw them into a pot with aromatics and water to make a stock for soup or risotto.