Picking the Perfect Ear of Corn

Nothing brings me more joy than getting a bargain. Well, my children, and my man, and my family, …okay let me try again.

Few things bring me more joy than getting a bargain.  Tonight at the store, there was a bargain staring me right in the face.


That’s practically giving corn away.

Let’s see $1 divided by 6 is less than .17 cents each.  Yes, I do believe I will be buying some cheap, fresh corn.

So I started pickin’ and thinkin’.

How does one pick a good ear of corn?

Here’s what a few experts and my daddy say about picking corn:

  1. First look at the tassle:  You know that hairy part that is sticking out of the top.  It needs to be brown and sticky to the touch.  If it’s still green, it is not mature. tassle
  2. Now, look at the husk: If it has tiny holes in the top, worms have loved on the veggie.  Unless you like worms, steer clear of this ear.
  3. Peel the husk back a little, take your thumb and press on a kernel until it burst.  If it has moisture, woohoo.  If it is hard, it’s been baking in the sun too long or the rains were few and far between during the growing season.
  4. Because pulling back the husk may get you some dirty looks in the market, feel the kernels through the husk. You want to make sure that they’re plump and plentiful; if you can feel holes where kernels should be, then choose another.


    Those are my Daddy’s hands in the background.  

  5. Check out the color of the husk. If it’s a bright green and tightly wrapped against the cob, then the corn is fresh.  The corn inside will be a bright “corn” yellow, but if the husk has been pulled back (because someone wasn’t following my “pick your corn” etiquette) the outside air will cause the corn to be sad and shriveled and no one or nothing wants to be described as sad and shriveled.
  6. Mature vs. Immature:  My daddy talked A LOT about mature and immature corn. I let him go on and on because, well,  I’ll let you in on a little secret, I love to hear my daddy talk! So mature corn is better than immature corn and that is all I really got from that part of the conversation.  hee hee

corn huskOf course, the easiest way to choose an ear of corn is to take a peek: to peel down the husk and check for bright, plump kernels. Apparently, my fellow Kroger shoppers frown upon this technique though.

When you have your 6 beauties, go over to the seasonal area and grab you a few of these because let’s face it, they make eating corn way more fun.

corn holdersGo get yourself some bargain corn!! You only have 4 days!!


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