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Old 05-12-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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picking out corn on the cob

I see people ripping open corn husks at the grocery store but what exactly are they looking at? How do you tell a difference other than the obvious chew marks at the top. How is white and yellow different, what do I look for as far as color etc. I just usually grab and throw in the bag. Sometimes I get lucky and other times my hubby tells me that the corn was not sweet, etc. Obviously I usually use frozen corn but since its summer I have been wanting to pick some up at the grocery store for those night time cook outs on the grill. YUM! Any ideas?
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Re: picking out corn on the cob

I have been wondering this same thing! Enlighten me!!
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Re: picking out corn on the cob

Goody, I am not the only one that has no clue.
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Re: picking out corn on the cob

chew marks? what do you mean by that?

When you open the husks and look at the kernels you are looking for light to light/medium yellow kernels. You want these ones. They are the sweeter tasting corn, though some brands are more sweet than others.

If they are a dark medium yellow or with an orangish tinge they are overripe(rarely do you see those in the store)

If they are white or no-colour they are underripe and you do not want them.

If there is a mixture of white & light yellow that's okay as it is most likely just that brand.

You are also looking to make sure there are good formed kernels on the cob. Sometimes the upper 1/3-1/4 will have obviously underformed kernels. The rest of of the cob can be ripe, but check it to make sure because sometimes it isn't.
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chew marks...I meant the stuff at the top where there are no kernals or the corn worm has gotten too. yep gross but true story is I had one in a can of green giant whole kernal corn and no longer eat canned anything because of it...okay so you didnt need to know all that but still thats what I meant by chew marks.
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i just got back from the produce store, and i was the only one not doing that, I was wondering what i was doing wrong LOL
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Re: picking out corn on the cob

checking for mold, and to be sure that they don't have a lot of "bald spots" due to non-pollinated kernels. To check for sweetness, gently press your fingernail into a kernel.. it should break open easily and the juice should be milky, not clear. If it does not break, pass it up.
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OK we raise tons of sweet corn every year and freeze around 200 pounds...I WANT to see corn boarers..you guys called them worms
Because if they are there it is corn that has been raised without chemicals-hence killing all bugs.Now some areas are not as bothered by them so you may not have them but here in the south they are here.Yeah they eat a little but I like knowing my kiddos corn is raised organically.Bugs only eat good fresh veggies so if a bug likes it...You just remove the critter and usually they are just on the tip so break it off and your all set.
Second you are looking for the ears being filled out and fresh.Corn has a real hard time polinating if it gets real hot so you could end up getting home with partial ears of corn if you don't check.
The overall sweetness of corn depends on the variety it is and chances are your local grocery wont know themselves...unless it's locally grown and they know the farmer.Not all yellow corn is sweet corn and not all sweet corns are equally sweet and not all white corn isn't sweet.
Boy I couldn't amagine adding sugar to corn...guess that's why we raise it though ours is so sweet and good...round 1 is about a foot all now-we grow in 3 stages so we have corn much longer thru the summer.Hey there is no smiley rubbing their tummy with butter dripping off thier mouth
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I just make sure that there's no brown spots/rot in the middle of the ears.
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