Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Let's talk about grilled corn on the cob...

because who doesn't like corn on the cob? 

A few weeks ago I ran into a recipe that called for soaking the corn in salt water before grilling.  Hmmmmmmm.  Maybe you guys have heard of that, but somehow that piece of info escaped my beady little eyes.  I did my usual careful research and combining all my new knowledge, this is what I came up with:

I stripped the outer husks of the corn down to the paler ones.  Keep in mind this was only two ears of corn.   I left most the silk on as many sites promised it would pull right out after grilling (it did.)  I crammed it into a pot filled with cold water and a whole bunch (about 1/4 cup or more)  of salt for several hours.   It fit snugly in the pot which kept it underwater so I didn't have to turn it.  If the corn doesn't stay under water, fill a jar with water and plunk on top of the corn keeping it submerged and saving you the time of turning. 

I grilled my marinated pork chops first and popped them in the oven to keep warm and threw the corn on the grill.  With only a few turns and after about 10 minutes we pulled off the husks, brushed on melted butter and some Kosher salt and enjoyed the sweetest and juiciest corn we've ever eaten.  

I've since grilled corn this way several more times with the same wonderful results.

FAQ

1. Does the corn taste salty?  No.  Sweet, sweet, sweet.
2. Do you rinse after the salt soak?  Not necessary.
3. Direct heat or indirect heat?   Either.  I've used both and the only difference is the cooking time.



Next to try?


 Bacon wrapped around grilled corn?  What could go wrong? 


The future of this blog: 

Where am I going with this blog?  Probably nowhere.  I plan on starting a new blog with a new name.  I have personal reasons to remove myself from the name dePitera (even though it's mine) and I plan on going in a new directions.  When that happens I will have a permanent link posted here to my new blog.  I don't plan on deleting this blog as I still get over several hundred hits per day (really??) with people looking for specific info. 

I have a political blog that consumes the majority of my time.  I believe that this country and our citizens are in danger of being consumed by "well-meaning" people who are essentially Marxist. I'm a conservative who believes the killing of children in the womb is an abomination.  I believe that we, not the government, should be in charge of our own health care, and the federal government is not only out of control but acting in a way that is completely unconstitutional.  It's really hard to concentrate on tea cups and draperies when we are in mortal danger of losing all of our liberties.  On the other hand, recognizing the beauty in our world is more important now then it has ever been. 

It's a conundrum....

5 comments:

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have never heard of cooking corn this way either although I do brine various types of meat and poultry. I will have to try this too. (-:

Packrat said...

Hey there. I haven't visited in a while. I'm not sure why... I really love corn soaked in salt water. John and I haven't done this, but have had it several times at our friends' house. The only thing I worry about is that the soaking might leach out the nutrients. I wonder if anyone has tested the corn after it has been soaked. Just a thought.

You will let us know about your new blog, right?

Hope you are well. I still haven't been up your way. Seems we always have to travel south.

steppingmywaytobliss said...

Please let me know what you do with this blog or your new one. I miss seeing you around! I know you have your political blog and that seems to be very popular--but I miss flowers and decorating.

Thanks for the corn idea! I will have to try this when my parents are visiting this next week. xxBliss

MightyMom said...

oh man, I like this blog so much more than the other one!! cuz, it's a downer donchaknow.

:-)

tea cups make me smile. I like to smile.

Gramma 2 Many said...

I grill our corn often. Never have immersed it in salt water first though. Will have to remember to give that a try next time.