There is no elegant way to eat corn on the cob and that’s what I like about it. I love a food that a) comes with a built in handle and b) exudes enjoyment. Everyone who is eating corn on the cob looks like they’re having such a good time they’re just seconds away from high fiving the nearest person around them. Of course their buttered up hands would just slide right off each other. Any food that ends up on your hands, face and lap is clearly a food that’s being enjoyed.
But sometimes, the odd time, every once in a while … corn on the cob isn’t appropriate. She pretends to be O.K. with it (because that’s her way) but the Queen always hates it when I serve corn on the cob when she’s over. The Queen’s name is Bob by the way.
I’ve tried a few different ways to take the kernels off of the cob, all of them work but all of them have some sort of disadvantage.
Normally I just shave the kernels off with a chef’s knife. Slightly dangerous, especially if you butter the cob of corn first. Because you’re stupid.
The other method I tried was a kernel shaving thingamabob I got off of the Internet which I used once and then hid in the very back of a rarely used cupboard. It’s where the scary appliances go to sit for 3-4 years until I finally decided to suck up the fact that they were a waste of money and throw them out. It was a crime scene waiting to happen that thing.
And then a while ago, I saw that the company that makes my FAVOURITE potato peeler, Kuhn Rikon, had this …
A tiny little cob of corn for removing the kernels from the cob of corn. How do you get kernels off a cob? With teeth of course.
All you do is push and twist the gadget along the cob of corn and all the kernels come off perfectly.
I think you’re supposed to use the silicone base of the gadget to hold the bottom of the corn, but it just seemed to get in the way for me. I love my corn cutter.
The only problem I can see is if you had big ears of corn the gadget just wouldn’t fit over them.
I got this one at The Keeping Room, my local kitchen store, where they had about 6 different corn cutters! A couple of others made by my favourite Kuhn Rikon too.
You can also get it on Amazon.
Which doesn’t have nearly the ambiance or enjoyment as shopping in the local kitchen store.
All that juicy, delicious corn you see above? I didn’t eat a single kernel. I gave it all to the chickens. There isn’t a Queen in the bunch, but there sure are a lot of princesses.