Celebrate the arrival of local grown corn on the cob!
What’s most to like about the first week of August? Arrival of the first crop of local grown corn on the cob, of course! Tips on how to celebrate one of summer’s tastiest treats!
Remember the fun we all shared as kids at corn roasts? Corn on the cob fresh from local own farms has just arrived at your Metro supermarket. So, now’s the time to relive the pleasures of an old-fashioned corn roast. Your Metro grocer this week brings you a bumper crop of delicious local grown peaches ‘n cream, or two-colour corn, early corn on smaller cobs that is oh, so sweet !
Tasty, yes, but corn on the cob makes a good choice as well because it is low in calories and contains many vitamins and minerals. A single cob of corn is high in fibre and a good source of folic acid, potassium and thiamine (B1), along with vitamin C, zinc, niacin (B3), etc. There are only 110 calories in a boiled cob of corn about 7 in. (17.5 cm) long ... before you add butter, of course!
Sure, we're all familiar with the classic way to cook corn: in a large kettle of water to which we've added a little salt and milk…. But have you tried grilling corn on the cob on the barbecue? Or even over a camp fire?
On the barbecue, all you need to do is peel the cobs, brush on olive oil, and sprinkle on a few dried herbs of your choice (chives, basil, coriander). Or simply grill the corn with olive oil and serve it with flavoured butters. Put the cobs directly on the barbecue grill and let them cook about 8 to 12 minutes until they are a nice gold colour. Don't salt or overcook your corn because it will harden and lose flavour.
Want to try corn cooked over a camp fire? First, remove the outer husks from the cobs and immerse them in water for 15 minutes. Then wipe them off and place them on hot embers for about 12 minutes. Carefully remove remaining husks and enjoy the cobs plain or with butter.
Speaking of butter... you'll find a few suggestions for flavoured butters on the Metro website but let your imagination roam freely! Garlic or green onion, four peppers, chives and/or other fresh fine herbs, or edible flowers - monarda, nasturtium, violet or summer squash -- simply chop them finely and mix them with butter at room temperature and refrigerate until served. For sure you'll recapture the happiness you knew at the corn roasts of your childhood!
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