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Easiest-Ever Way to Shuck Corn

By Cook's Illustrated Published July 2012

The microwave makes shucking corn a cinch.

Removing the husk and silk from an ear of corn is a chore, and a “corn de-silker” gadget that we tested proved to be a bust. But now we’ve found a better way: A short stint in the microwave and a quick shake are all it takes to cleanly slide off the corn husk and silk. The cob will heat up a bit, but the kernels won’t be cooked.

1. With sharp chef’s knife, cut off stalk end of cob just above first row of kernels. Place 3 or 4 ears at a time on microwave-safe plate and microwave on full power for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Hold each ear by uncut end in 1 hand. Shake ear up and down until cob slips free, leaving behind husk and silk.