I have recently noticed in the store, that several people don't know how to shuck corn and are often asking other shoppers who are shucking how to remove corn from the cob. So I decided to spend a little time going over this, hopefully it will help speed up your shucking time and give you a nice easy way to remove corn from your cob. It will also help maintain the flavor and juicy quality of the corn, unless you are cooking it the same day you shuck, corn really does better sealed away in it's shuck (protective leaves) until cooking. Trust me shucking at home, will make a difference.
For the first half you will need a shucking station. This will include a pile of corn to be shucked, a paper bag (for shuck management), and a colander or large bowl for cleaned corn.
Let us begin, look at your cob-you should see one end that has little hairs growing from it. This is the top of your cob, the hairs are the corn silk. On an interesting side note-there is a yarn that actually made from corn silk, talk about going green! Also, corn shucks make a great addition to any compost pile. Anyway, you want to work the shuck away from the silk and towards the bottom of the cob.
Removing corn from the cob is simple, but it takes a very sharp knife. I wouldn't have smaller helping hands try this one. For your set up, you will need a cutting board or mat, a sharp knife which is at least 1 1/2" -2" wide at it's base (smaller chef knife), and a small flat bottom bowl.
Place the bowl upside down on you cutting surface.
Your corn is now ready to be cooked, if you are pan roasting just remember you will need a tiny bit more butter or oil to cook, it will brown faster than previously frozen or canned corn.
Also, you will learn something very interesting about quantity when removing your corn. On an average meal my family will each eat 1-2 corn cobs a piece, for a total of 8. But look at the amount of corn that comes off a medium cob-on a night I remove it and cook it separate we only need 3-4? I even measured a family size bag, same thing only 3-4 cobs worth. Apparently corn has a magically way of appearing smaller when on the cob and contains a larger quantity when off the cob? But, that was just a fun observation which made groceries in the summer cost less. I just buy fresh corn, remove it myself, and I usually get two dinners for the price of 1!