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To cut corn off the cob without burning your fingers, first boil your corn. I always cut my ears in half. Take tongs and get the corn out of the water.
Hold the corn so you can stick a corn cob holder in the top. Holding it in place with the corn cob holder take a sharp knife and cut downward. Turn the corn as you cut it so you get the most of the corn from the cob.
Voila! you have fresh corn with out burning your fingers.
By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA
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I saw this tip on Emeril. If you are cutting corn off the cob, place a clean dish towel on the counter under the cob, then cut down the cob. The corn doesn't scatter all over because it lands softly on the towel. Then you can just lift the towel and empty it into a bowl.
By Lynn from Conway, Arkansas
This tip is for removing corn from the cob. I usually buy 6-7 dozen corn and removing the kernels was quite a job every year. I was rummaging around a garage sale and saw the perfect tool for the job. I didn't know what it was but I knew it would work perfectly for removing corn. I asked the lady what it was supposed to be used for and it was a pineapple corer.
I just hold the corn with one hand and the cob with the other, put the end of the cob in the center ring and twist back and forth and the corn comes off so easy. I did find it hard to do the whole cob and end up doing 3/4 of the cob, pull it out, turn it over and do the other end. Be careful the ring is sharp. When canning season is over, I pack it away with my canning stuff so no clutter in your drawer.
By Pico from St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
I just put the cob in a bowl and cut from the top down, keep mess where it belongs. (09/09/2006)
You can also do this to slice off the kernels. Take one large bowl, upright. Place a small bowl inside the large bowl but invert it. Remove the husk and silk of course, and hold the raw cob upright on bottom of the upside down bowl. Carefully slice down the side of the cob and all of the kernels will fall right into the larger bowl! Saw this on Rachael Ray. (09/18/2006)
When I was growing up, my dad put a clean nail in a clean piece of wood to hold the corn to make it easier to cut the corn off the cob. They were able to do a lot of corn in a small amount of time. You could cover the wood with foil, plastic wrap, etc. (09/19/2006)
You could also use a bundt pan. Place the cob in the small center hole. The kernels will fall into the pan as you slice them off. (10/30/2006)
Should the kernels be removed from the cob before you blanch corn and freeze it or should you blanch the corn on the cob and then remove it from the cob prior to freezing it? I have a tool like you mention, but unsure when it should be used.
Editor's Note: I've found it is easier to remove the kernels after the corn is blanched. (08/21/2008)