There is nothing that says "summer" quite like a fresh ear of corn straight from the grill. My mouth is watering at the thought! This week, all FreshFix boxes include corn, lucky us!
The corn we know and love is considered sweet corn, a variety of regular field corn. Corn produces sugar in its kernels which is converted to starch if left to mature. Sweet corn is picked before the corn has reached full maturation so it is sweet rather than tough and starchy. For these reasons, sweet corn must be eaten quickly or preserved. Freezing and canning are two common preservation methods. However, we will bet that your corn won't last longer than a week, especially with all of the yummy recipes to experiment with at the bottom of this post.
To have enough corn for all the boxes, we purchased from three farms: Zittel's Farm in Eden, NY, Agle's Farm in Eden, NY, and Schiedel's Farm in Ripley, NY.
Zittel's Farm produces a variety of vegetables on 300 acres of land. They have a greenhouse and even offer a fall educational field trip in October. "Our farm uses the most innovative cultural practices including trickle irrigation, plastic mulches and integrated pest management to maximize quality and production and minimize pesticide usage and conserve water." Learn more about their farm on their website.
Pictures shown are Zittel's Farm, Agle's Farm Store, and Schiedel's Farm Stand.
It is best to leave corn in their husks in the refrigerator until use. The husks prevent the corn from drying out and the colder temperature keeps corn from molding. If you prefer to shuck your corn right away, place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator. Try not to wash the corn before you use it. Corn molds at the tip first, so always double check for mold before preparing! Corn remains fresh for 1-3 days in the refrigerator. After 3 days, we suggest you cook the corn and keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. To extend the life, you can freeze or can your corn.
There are so many fail-proof ways to prepare corn on the cob. And we are HUGE fans of all of them! It can be boiled in water for 5 minutes, grilled, or roasted. The trick is to keep the moisture in the kernels to have that oh-so-satisfying tender crunch as you bite into your first, and 42nd, bite. The recipes below will demonstrate all the ways mentioned above, and more!
Corn has a bad rap for being high in carbohydrates and not very nutritious. But tell the haters to step aside, because corn offers plenty of nutritional benefits to make it a healthy staple at your next barbecue or event! Corn is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, and carotenoids, which are what give corn its vibrant yellow color. It also is a great source of fiber, packing in 3 grams per half cup. One medium ear of corn contains 88 calories and 6 grams of sugar. Some nutritional problems occur when the recipe includes a generous lather of butter prior to consumption. So, if you are careful with your toppings, you're in the clear with corn!
Southwestern Sauteed Corn - Taste of Home
Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotja - Bobby Flay
Parmesan Corn on the Cob - Damn Delicious
Ultimate Healthy Cornbread - Amy's Healthy Baking
(add some fresh corn to the recipe above!)
Fail-Proof Roasted Corn on the Cob - The Chunky Chef
Perfectly Grilled Corn on the Cob - Bobby Flay
Fresh Corn Succotash - Mantitlement
Corn Quesadillas - Taste of Home
What are you cookin' up with your corn this week? Leave us a comment below!