Corn Hacks

I’ll spare you the corny jokes and cut right to the chase. It’s officially corn season and we wanted to share with you our favorite corn hacks and utilization tricks!

Shucking corn is the worst part of fresh corn. It’s a mess and seems almost impossible to get all the “hairs” off. A trick we use in the professional kitchen is plastic wrap… if it’s static-y enough to attract your hair, why wouldn’t it attract corn hair? Simply pull a piece of plastic wrap from the roll and run in along the corn, and the hair will come right off.

Need to cut the cobs in half? Using a knife straight through the cob can be tough, not to mention dangerous since corn is prone to rolling. Instead, insert the front of a knife into the flesh of the corn just until you reach the cob. Roll the knife forward until the cob has made a complete rotation. Then, snap the corn in half with your hands. Easy and safer!

If you’re cutting the corn off the cobs for kids or using it for a dish, don’t throw away the cobs! The juice that comes off the cobs when you cut into it is great flavor. Instead, throw them in a pot of water with onion, celery, bay leaf, and desired spices. Simmer for two hours, or until the corn flavor is prominent. Utilize the corn broth in soups in place of vegetable stock or water.

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Raining or cold (or just too dang hot) outside but you wanted to grill or char your corn? Do it inside on the stove! Turn the flame on medium-high and place the corn directly over the flame. Rotate as needed until your corn is charred! Same great flavor as the grill.

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Hopefully these tips help you enter into corn season with ease!

-K

Techniques: The Watermelon

Did you know a watermelon is 92% water? You’ll never have to wonder again why it’s called a watermelon. Among water, watermelons contain vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. While it’s available year round, watermelon is best for flavor and optimum nutrients in the summertime.

Random watermelon facts:

  • Contrary to popular belief, the entire watermelon can be utilized, not just the flesh and juice. The rind can be pickled or even sauteed.
  • A watermelon is a “cousin” in the botanical family to pumpkins, cucumbers, and squash.
  • There are over 300 different varieties of watermelon
  • The worlds heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 lbs, grown by Chris Kent in Tennessee in 2013

Cutting a watermelon can sometimes be an intimidating task because of its size. However, a watermelon is cut very similarly to a cantaloupe and a pineapple. Here’s our tutorial:

 

For more technique videos, check out our techniques video series page to see the list.

Thanks for watching!

-K

Techniques: The Cantaloupe

If I’m being honest, I’ve been spelling cantaloupe wrong my entire life until I started preparing this post. I even designed the summer produce list with the misspelling on it and had to re-do part of it. To think I almost won my third grade spelling bee, and I didn’t know how to spell cantaloupe? Absurd.

The cantaloupe, also known as the muskmelon, originated from tropical plants. There are many health benefits to cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are a good source of beta carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A when ingested. They are a great source for Vitamin C, and also contain Vitamin B-9. Cantaloupes are made up of mostly water – about 90%. Though you of course need to drink plenty of water, water-filled fruits can help you stay hydrated.

Though cantaloupes are available year-round, they are ripest in the summer. Not only is the flavor better when the melon is in season, but the vitamins and overall nutritional benefits are at their highest.

When choosing a cantaloupe, the easiest way to tell it’s ripeness is the weight of the melon. If it feels slightly heavy, that’s usually a good indication of a ripe cantaloupe.

Somewhat similar to cutting a pineapple, the easiest way to cut a cantaloupe starts with removing the skin. Once this technique is mastered, it can be applied to a variety of fruits – oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupes, pineapple, honeydew melon, and watermelon. Then, the seeds are removed and the melon is sliced or diced from there. Check out our tutorial:

 

All you need is a knife, cutting board, and a spoon.

If you found our tutorial helpful, we’d love for you to share it! I’ve seen people try to cut different fruit all kinds of crazy ways, and always want to share my hacks with everyone.

For more technique videos, check out our YouTube channel!

-K