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How to Remove the Silk from an Ear of Corn

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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going. 

Today: Don't let corn silk come between you and the perfect ear of corn -- here's how to remove those sticky strands.

How to Remove the Silk from Corn Cobs, from Food52

We’re not ashamed of our food obsessions -- there are some things we’ll just never get sick of. (Hi kale.) And when you love something as much as a twitterpated teen does, you talk about it. All. Of. The. Time.

Around here, acceptable water cooler talk includes how to choose an ear of corn without peeking, debating the best way to cook it, and sharing how to use the whole ear of corn -- every single part of it. Not to mention how we like to eat it: raw, charred, creamed, and evern churned into ice cream. It might not come as a surprise to learn that we’re all in love with kitschy cob-shaped holders. Corny? We don’t care. 

How to Remove the Silk from Corn Cobs, from Food52

Even if you haven't gotten your hands on corn quite yet, it’s never too early to start dreaming about hot summer days and the joy of eating so much corn that you start finding the silk in your hair and on your keyboard. This week Kathy asked for the best way to remove corn silk, and we were all ears to hear what the community had to say:


  • Try removing the silk with a nail brush or a soft dish brush as Monita does.
  • Opt for a dedicated vegetable brush (for corn or mushrooms) like Dona and kimhw recommend.
  • Skip the specialty brushes: Miznic uses a toothbrush, "usually picked up for about 99 cents."


  • Pegreen suggests the microwave method: “Cut a small slice off the stem end of un-husked ear of corn. Put a few ears in microwave on high for 30 seconds, the husk and silk should come off more easily. Then cook corn as desired.”

Tell us: What are your tricks for removing corn silk?

Photos by Eric Moran 

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