I know what you may be asking yourselves: How can microwaving sweet corn and other summer produce be a good thing? Well, I’m here to tell you when it comes to ears of freshly-picked summer corn, it is! It’s a very, very good thing.

The husk and silk just fall away leaving a moist sweet corn treat

The husk and silk just fall away leaving a moist sweet corn treat

If you haven’t already heard of this cooking trend, allow me be the first to tell you about it. It is becoming the most popular method for preparing quick and easy corn on the cob while still maintaining its fresh flavor. We like to microwave an ear or two after a long day of work and slice it into a sweet corn tomato salad or enjoy after a nice roll in salted butter. And kids love to peel the husk from a steaming ear of corn (after it has cooled long enough for little fingers to handle, of course).

Our farmers bring the freshest, sweetest corn straight from the field to our market every week, and we want to taste that sweet summer flavor in every bite. That’s why we love this simple cooking method. When whole ears of corn are nuked for a short period of time, the kernels lightly steam within their natural tightly-wrapped husks. Boiling corn can sometimes leach valuable nutrients and drown-out the taste. But steaming whole ears of corn for a mere 3 minutes in a microwave traps all that delicious corn flavor and maintains the nutritional integrity. Plus, those tricky silks fall right off the cob, making husking your sweet corn much easier.

A single ear of corn ready in the microwave

A single ear of corn ready in the microwave

To microwave corn, simply place one ear into a microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes. Let the ear rest for another 3 minutes until the husk is cool enough to handle. Either slice off both ends of your corn and slide it out of the husk, or easily peel the husk and silks away from the cob. Quick, easy, and full of corntastic flavor!

Do you like microwaving sweet corn? What is your favorite cooking method? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

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