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 gem 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.