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How to De-Kernel Corn

July 1, 2011 • 48 Comments

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There is something extremely dangerous about standing an ear of corn on end and slicing down. And, oh how the kernels fly! Kristen tipped Merrill off to a new (and obvious?) way to denude an ear more safely. What now? Two words: Rhonda's Succotash.

This week's videos were once again shot and edited our videographer Elena Parker (who now produces our bi-weekly Dinner & a Movie column as well!).

 

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8 months ago Joslyn

I use a bundt pan - just place the stalk end in the center hole and run a knife top to bottom around the ear and all the corn ends up contained in the bundt pan - so fast and so easy.

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over 1 year ago JSCooks

I learned this trick from Joey Altman when we were writing his cookbook, Without Reservations. I've used it ever since then, and when I do cooking demos that involve corn I always show it, almost always eliciting the response: "why didn't I think of that!" (And with the utmost respect, I do concur with others re: "hi guys" -- not only is it a throw-away, but most of us aren't guys. Otherwise, love your great site!)

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over 1 year ago wcl

this kernel cutting technique sure seems to reduce the corn flying all over the kitchen. however the problem i have (that is more disconcerting) is when i scrape the cob to get all that juicy goodness that is left after the cut. the juice flys all over (predominantly on my glasses) and is really a pain to get off of things due to its sugar/starch content. any ideas for that ?

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over 1 year ago Martin69

Can you still afford corn???!!!

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over 1 year ago JanetFL

Many thanks to Kristen and Merrill for an easy and great tip that I never would have thought up myself. This is now my technique for stripping corn.

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almost 2 years ago pepperoncini

Also another note, I to had terrible lagging when trying to view this video, that was disappointing.

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almost 2 years ago pepperoncini

Great idea!
I always blanch my corn first then cut it off the cob. I've tried corn shredders but they seem to mush up the corn to much so I went back to cutting it with a knife.

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almost 2 years ago dragonladyevelyn

This video didn't work for me...awwww...I wanted to see it

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almost 2 years ago Rosemary Martinez

I use the CORN ZIPPER from PRINCESS HOUSE.
Please visit my website at www.princesshouse.com/rmartinez109...

•Use the brush side of the Corn Zipper to quickly brush silk off your corn on the cob.
•Use the sharp blades on the other side to easily remove the kernels from the cob a few rows at a time.

•Features a soft-grip, BPA-free nylon handle and scalloped, serrated stainless steel blade that’s positioned away from your hand for safety.


•Includes blade protector for safe storage.


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almost 2 years ago forget it

Lose the "hi guys" please. I'm so tired of hearing that said to us that I reduce the amount of the tip after the 3rd time I hear it. Hi is plenty. It' way overdone in about all the food service business.

Merrill

almost 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

If you have feedback, there's a more constructive way to offer it. Just as you "reduce the amount of the tip after the 3rd time I hear it," I'm less likely to take your recommendation seriously because of its tone.

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almost 2 years ago forget it

Lose the "hi guys" please. I'm so tired of hearing that said to us that I reduce the amount of the tip after the 3rd time I hear it. Hi is plenty. It' way overdone in about all the food service business.

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over 2 years ago meetsaucygirl

I use a microplane! It works perfectly and is super quick.

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over 2 years ago meetsaucygirl

Oops, I meant so say a mandolin. It works perfectly. Just put in on a 1/2 or less setting. Amazing!

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over 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Wow, great idea!

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almost 3 years ago jay-j

The best way to de-kernel corn is to use your fingers. It's the best and safest method. With the knife, you leave the germ behind. With your finger, you get the whole kernel, germ and all. Try it.

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almost 3 years ago Laura Yee

Great tip!

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almost 3 years ago f52otf

Video not working?

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almost 3 years ago Sodium Girl

um...wow, I can't believe that this technique never crossed any of our minds before! Ingenious! One of the many many many reasons I LOVE THIS SITE! Thanks ladies.

Merrill

almost 3 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

You're very welcome!

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almost 3 years ago Kensington Annie

Ingenious!
But -- please drop the Hi Guys and 'guys" patter.
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almost 3 years ago MissLindyS

I am with you all the way on the "guys" thing.

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almost 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

As am I. Emphatically. ;o)

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almost 3 years ago annieb

Great idea, why didn't I think of that one!

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almost 3 years ago chez_mere

So glad I watched this. I work at a summer camp and there is always leftover corn from our Sunday night grill out. Finally an effective way to get it off the cob and into the salad bar!

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almost 3 years ago thecrabbycook

Love this. Using the old method, I end up with half the corn on the floor, which makes my dog ecstatic, but makes me very irritable. I'm changing methods! (The dog will have to cope.)