This beautiful corn on the cob is plump, juicy and buttery. Each bite is full of delicious flavor. Quick and easy to make with simple ingredients. Pairs well with a variety of main dishes.
EDITOR’S NOTE (June 14, 2020): Scroll down to Recipe Notes to watch video demonstration.
Corn is a native Taino word meaning “sacred mother or giver of life.”
The cob (ear) is part of the flower and the individual kernel is a seed.
- Iowa ranks number one in producing corn.
- Only one percent of corn planted in the United States is sweet corn and 99 percent of field corn is grown in Iowa.
- Field corn (a grain) is the classic big ears of yellow dented corn that’s dried and harvested in the fall. Also known as dent corn because of the distinctive dent that forms on the kernel as the corn dries.
- A small portion o field corn is processed for use as corn cereal, corn starch, corn oil and corn syrup for human consumption. However, it’s mainly used for livestock feed, ethanol production and manufactured goods.
To get rid of bugs and all silk, I always wash ears of corn (and all fresh vegetables) in warm water and LOTS of salt. After washing, I rinse in warm water to remove debris and ALL insects.There are courageous individuals who will remove the silk and bite into the corn and love every bite. I’m not one of them.
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In this recipe, corn on the cob is boiled in salted water, a cup of milk, and a stick of unsalted butter. This is far better than boiling in salted water only.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.