Thursday, June 23, 2011

Grilled Corn: A Husks-On Approach

(From the 4th of July Camping Menu)

 From The Real Family Camping Cookbook:

Besides being the most delicious thing in the world when it's in season, corn keeps well, making it a great camping food.

We like to cook it with the husks on (minus the silk).  It's fun to prepare and soak the corn and it always turns out perfectly.

Serves:  4

4 ears of corn, with the husks on
salt & pepper and hot sauce

1.  Leaving the husks on, remove the floss or silk from each ear of corn.
2.  Fold the husks back around the corn and submerge the corn in water to soak. After they have soaked for about 15 minutes, retrieve the corn from the water, wrap the husks around them more tightly, and place them on the grill, over medium heat, for 5-10 minutes.
3.  Remove the husks and serve the corn with butter, salt & pepper and hot sauce.

•  You can also take the whole husk off before grilling and wrap each ear in foil spread with butter or cream cheese.  These can go right on the coals, but keep an eye on them so they don't turn into ashes!

•  We put the ears of corn in a big pot of water and hold them underwater with a skillet, but you can also place them in a plastic bag and hold it underwater with a rock, especially if you’re camping near a stream.

“Plough deep, while Sluggards sleep;  And you shall have Corn, to sell and to keep.” - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac

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  1. Wow, I never thought about taking the silk off before. I'll have to try that next time!


  2. Really? Did it turn out OK with the silk still on it? Did it burn away?