3 Easy Ways to Cut Corn Off the Cob | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Easily cut corn off a few ears for a fresh corn recipe – or strip corn off dozens of corn ears for freezing or canning.

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3 Easy Ways to Cut Corn Off the Cob

We were lucky enough to pick dozens of ears of corns from our neighbors garden a few days ago. So I’ve been freezing corn and canning this Corn Relish with Red Peppers.

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

I’m also trying desperately to grow corn in our weed-infested garden. (My family vacation to Montana this year was great for my mental health – but terrible for the health of my garden. #sigh #maybenextyear)  Very best ways to cut corn off the cob - for a few ears or dozens via @TspCurry #HealthyKitchenHacks Click To Tweet

With all this corn on my hands, I’ve been testing out the Smart Ways to Cut Corn Off the Cob:

1.  A Baking Sheet Contains the Corny Mess

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

Place a cutting board inside a baking sheet to prevent flying corn kernels from coating your counter-top with sticky corn juice. Some recipes suggest stripping a corn cob in a bowl, but I’ve found that set-up to be awkward. A baking sheet covers more area and makes clean-up a snap.

Bonus tip: Make sure you don’t forget to use the back of a knife to scrape off the super-sweet corn ‘milk’ after removing the kernels. The corn ‘milk’ is the milky-white liquid that clings to the cobs after the kernels are removed; it adds sweetness, nutrition and especially a natural liquid thickener to any corn dish you’re preparing.

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

2. A Corn Stripper Makes Quick (and Fun!) Work of Removing Corn Kernels

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

I researched the best tools for stripping corn kernels at a local kitchen supply store. Options include:

  • Kuhn Rikon Corn Stripper (affiliate link) which is probably the safest option.
  • Zyliss Corn Stripper (affiliate link) I purchased this and it works great for my 7-year old (without two front teeth!) to strip his own kernels!

3. An Electric Knife is the Quickest Tool to Remove Corn from Lots of Cobs

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

Not everyone has an electric knife, I realize. But mine has certainly cut hours off tasks like removing corn kernels from dozens of ears of corn. When I freeze corn or make corn relish, my good old electric knife (affiliate link) is the fastest way to produce long uniform strips of kernels.

An electric knife is also fabulous for slicing delicate angel food cakes or warm bread-from-the-oven that would be squished down by the use of a regular serrated knife.

HOW TO CUT CORN OFF THE COB | @TspCurry

Now that you have all this fresh corn stripped speedily off the cob, please make this Black Bean and Corn Salsa Deanna posted a few years ago. It’s like the second most popular salad on our site and I make it all year long.

Black Bean & Corn Salsa for Cinco de Mayo

What’s your favorite corn recipe? Do you have an old-school electric knife?

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