But your mom may have told you to boil it for ten minutes; your mother-in-law, for seven. Your dad may have let it roll on the stove until he remembered it. There’s been an age-old debate on the best way to cook corn on the cob – and, at the center, how long to boil it.
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Get this: we don’t boil it at all.
Instead, we boil water on it’s own, then toss in the corn. Once the water gets back up to a boil, we simply shut off the heat. You can let the corn hang out in the pot for a few minutes, or until dinner’s ready, or until you just can’t resist the promise of its perfection.
So no need to worry about timing; no need to worry about wrinkly kernels; no need to worry about upsetting the family tradition. The best way to cook corn turns out to be the easiest.
Best Ever Corn on the Cob
4 ears shucked fresh corn Butter and salt, for serving
1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add the corn. Once the water gets back up to a boil, shut off the heat.
2. Let the corn sit the pot for a few minutes (or until dinner’s ready).