What can I do with corn husks and silks, aside from throwing them away?
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Compost them if that option is available for you.
Before I ever knew about composting. I would throw the silks and the husks into the leaves and grass clipping pile to be bagged up and hauled away by my city.
tamales! or this sounds yummy: http://www.nytimes.com...
Make stock with the corn husks and cobs. Or corn husk dolls if you're feeling crafty! : )
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I make stock with the cobs, but not so much the husks. They go to compost.
Here's another idea from Ideas in Food -- roast your husks and then infuse milk or cream with them. They suggest corn husk caramel; I'll bet panna cotta would be interesting too. http://blog.ideasinfood.com/ideas_in_food/2011/07/roasted-corn-husks.html
If the silk isn't dried out and brown, it's tasty! You can make tea with it or chop it up (so it doesn't choke you) and use it like a fresh herb (in vegetable or grain salads, for example). It doesn't have a strong flavor - sweet and a little corny. It's supposed to have health benefits and is used in herbal medicine too.
I would also make stock with the cobs. I keep the stock in the freezer and heat it up for blanching other vegetables.
You could even dry the husks and silks and use them to stovetop-smoke something.
Husks, Silks and De-Kerneled corn cob recipe on site for another idea: http://food52.com/recipes...
I lay the clean husks and silk on the bottom of the pot that I'm cooking the corn in. It's supposed to give the cor more flavor. Then I should be staining the liquid for stock, I suppose.
Makes great soup!
Exactly, SKK! Your soup recipe is what inspired my recipe :)