We love love love our sweet corn. But as mentioned in my earlier post on freezing sweet corn, we are very very selective about the sweet corn that we purchase these days since GMO sweet corn is on the market. We buy our sweet corn, often in bulk, from a trusted farmer who plants non GMO seeds.
One way we love to prepare our sweet corn is in husk, over a fire. It’s quick, easy and quite tasty.
First we soak the ears in water, or salt water if you prefer, for several hours.
Then we spread them over a good, settled cooking fire on a wire grate.
We then choose to cover them with an old rag towel soaked in water from the corn bucket sitting fire side. The towel is soaked but not dripping wet, excess water is wrung from it. Of course we must be very careful not to allow the towel to drape in the flame. The towel is removed and re-soaked in water often and it is extremely HOT, so it is handled with care in doing so.
Corn is monitored, rotated and repositioned frequently in order to assure even cooking. How long we cook it depends on the fire of course, but it usually takes just 15-20 minutes. You can actually start to smell the corn while cooking when it is close to done.
When done, we remove it from the fire, place on a tray and leave it in the husk to keep warm until ready to eat. The warm, wet towel is used to keep it good and warm if we are cooking additional food, like burgers, over the fire after.
Then, when ready, shuck and enjoy!