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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: How to make the most of a short-lived summer staple: corn. 


Corn is quintessential summer. It's easy to measure the passing of the short-but-sweet season during long drives down roads flanked by cornfields: The taller the stalks get, the fewer lazy days we have left. 

Here's the thing: When your seasonality window is small and time is running out, a sharpened toolkit of knowledge is essential. If you're not careful, corn will slip through your fingers -- and not just because it's covered in butter. Consider these tips and recipes your arsenal. 

How to Choose an Ear of Corn

  • First, choose your ears carefully. We all know the peek-and-see trick, but these tips will help you decide whether an ear is worthy of your kitchen, just by looking at it.
  • Get those husks off. Hint: The microwave is your secret weapon. 

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What do you like to do with your summer corn? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: Tips & Techniques, Kitchen Confidence