Corn on the Cob!

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    Jul 16, 2016 11:49 PM GMT
    A US American food tradition is yellow corn, eaten right off the cob. A special favorite at outdoor summer barbecues, although with modern fast shipping from warm climates and refrigeration a possibility virtually year-round.

    The classic method of cooking is to husk the ears, then immerse them into a big pot of boiling water. But takes a long time to heat all that water, and boiling any vegetables risks diluting their nutrients & taste. Some people also say the kernels can get soft & soggy.

    Another summer barbecue way is to wrap the unhusked ears in aluminum foil and bake over the grill. You also do that with whole potatoes in the skin. Guests love them both. It's classic summer USA, along with hamburgers, hotdogs, and grilled steak, chicken. sausage, the possibilities are endless. Hell, I've even done Duck a l'Orange over an outdoor charcoal grill. But that's another story.

    But here in a condo we can't grill inside. So I look for a quick & easy microwave solution. The most recent I tried is simplicity itself. I chop off both ends of an ear of corn, leaving the husk on. Put them on a plate and microwave at high. For 2, with our rather powerful oven, I use 7:30 minutes.

    Take 'em out and the husk slides off fairly easily. I handle them with a fresh, lint-free kitchen towel, though, they're very hot. After that I skewer them with corn holders and serve, buttered & salted to taste. Even my chef husband thinks they're great. Nothing could be easier.
  • WestCoastJock

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    Jul 17, 2016 12:15 AM GMT
    Corn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.
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    Jul 17, 2016 12:32 AM GMT
    WestCoastJock said
    Corn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.

    So is reading your posts very bad for you. I suppose that soft drink you're sucking on in your profile pic is better?
  • WestCoastJock

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    Jul 17, 2016 12:37 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    WestCoastJock said
    Corn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.

    So is reading your posts very bad for you. I suppose that soft drink you're sucking on in your profile pic is better?


    Another nasty person here. This is a health site and corn is not good for you. I did not write anything bad about you so why are you writing something bad about me. And I am drinking a smoothie in the picture.
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    Jul 17, 2016 1:12 AM GMT
    WestCoastJock saidCorn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.

    It may or may not be GMO but it's certainly been hybridized, for as long as humans have been farming. And so have all of the other vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains. Probably the only thing you could eat that hasn't been hybridized for millennia are fish caught in the ocean.

    Even the bees that make our honey have been very hybridized (which is why they're dying out; their resistance to mites and whatnot has been accidentally bred out).
  • WestCoastJock

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    Jul 17, 2016 2:02 AM GMT
    This is from the nonGMO project:

    GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
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    Jul 17, 2016 2:44 AM GMT
    WestCoastJock saidThis is from the nonGMO project:

    GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.

    Well duh, it says GMO right there. That doesn't mean that all sweet corn is GMO.
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    Jul 17, 2016 2:44 AM GMT
    WestCoastJock said
    Art_Deco said
    WestCoastJock said
    Corn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.

    So is reading your posts very bad for you. I suppose that soft drink you're sucking on in your profile pic is better?

    Another nasty person here. This is a health site and corn is not good for you. I did not write anything bad about you so why are you writing something bad about me. And I am drinking a smoothie in the picture.

    A smoothie? LMAO! A health drink? Full of fat and little nutrition, if you wanna talk about health.

    In the meantime, the USDA lists no such warnings as you're stating for corn.
  • WestCoastJock

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    Jul 17, 2016 3:21 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    WestCoastJock said
    Art_Deco said
    WestCoastJock said
    Corn is very bad for you. It is genetically modified and has very little nutrition value.

    So is reading your posts very bad for you. I suppose that soft drink you're sucking on in your profile pic is better?

    Another nasty person here. This is a health site and corn is not good for you. I did not write anything bad about you so why are you writing something bad about me. And I am drinking a smoothie in the picture.

    A smoothie? LMAO! A health drink? Full of fat and little nutrition, if you wanna talk about health.

    In the meantime, the USDA lists no such warnings as you're stating for corn.

    You don't know anything about smoothies. You are confusing them with milkshakes.

    Here are two of my favorite that I have bookmarked on teh computer:

    Wheatgrass Green Smoothie Recipes

    Pineapple-Wheatgrass Green Smoothie

    1/2 cup green grapes
    1/2 shot of wheatgrass or 1/2 packet of powdered wheatgrass
    1/2 peach, pitted
    1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
    4 ounces of filtered water

    Calories: 125 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein:5g | Carbs: 32g | Calcium: 2% | Iron: .7mg | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 147%

    Pear-Wheatgrass Smoothie

    1/2 shot of wheatgrass or 1/2 packet of powdered wheatgrass
    2 medium pears
    4 ounces filtered water

    Calories: 204 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 55g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: .6mg | Vitamin A: 7% | Vitamin C: 105%
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    Jul 18, 2016 2:20 AM GMT
    Roundup ready corn was developed for mass scale production of feed corn for cattle. I would be very surprised if there is a conspecific for sweet corn(?!). For the most part sweet corn is locally or regionally grown at a rather small scale. Usually local dairy farms for quick cash crop. There's some ranchers, farmers and major gardeners on here. Anyone ever hear about sweet corn that's Roundup ready??

    If you have blood sugar issues sweet corn isn't a good idea but otherwise how much could anyone eat in a sitting or a season? Christ, go for it. Life's short and shit can happen real quickly and then you're gone.
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    Jul 18, 2016 2:29 AM GMT
    I saw this on tumblr and couldn't resist. (You shouldn't be surprised.)

    https://66.media.tumblr.com/0164e6d3ae6eb3367bbb4cab0692eb06/tumblr_oagfiptoWv1uqwwe4o1_500.jpg
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 18, 2016 4:27 PM GMT
    Guys, we all know corn isn't all that good for you but you still have to occasionally dip into foods that just taste delicious. The Roundup thing is serious (over half of all sugar produced in the US comes from modified sugar beets which is heavily sprayed with Roundup). But the modification isn't the harm, it's the Roundup. At least corn has the husks for protection and like was said, just buy from local farm sources.

    ART: This is better and almost as easy. I've become a big fan of roasting veggies to concentrate the flavor. Corn: Heat toaster oven to 350. Thrown a couple of ears of fresh corn with ends, husks untouched in. In a half hour, take them out, cool a bit, chop off the ends and the husks peel of easily. Roasted. Try it. It is better.
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    Jul 18, 2016 7:28 PM GMT
    Speaking of sugar... when boiling corn on the cob, in a very large multi-gallon pot, my grandmother would add a teaspoon of sugar. I was a little kid and I asked her why and she said it made it taste better and I replied that a teaspoon of sugar in all that water could hardly make any difference. She got all irate and told me not to tell her how to cook. A real eye roll moment.