Tips on How to Buy the Sweetest and Freshest Sweet Corn

Sweet corn starts converting its sweet tasting sugars to starches as soon as it is picked. Ideally, you want to buy it and eat it the same day it is picked, or as close that day as possible. But how can you tell how fresh it is?

When buying, pick up each ear and look for full, plump ears that fill out your hand. The silk at the end should be golden brown and kind of sticky. Look for ears that have a lot of silk, as each individual silk is attached to a kernel of corn, so more silk means more kernels. The other end of the ear that was attached to the stalk should be green, if it looks dry or starting to brown it is probably a day or two old. The husk should be nice, green, and not dry.

Watch This Video for More Sweet Corn Tips!


Quick Sweet Corn Husking Tips!

Would you like a  quick and easy way to remove the husk from sweet corn. By simply microwaving the ear for a few minutes you can easily pop off the husk and silk. Follow these step by step directions or watch the video below.

Remove the ends of the corn

Remove the end of the corn with a sharp knife, the Rada French Chef knife works great!

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Place on microwave safe plate.

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Place in microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes.

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When corn has cooled, squeeze the tasseled end and pop the corn out!

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Now it’s ready to cook and eat!

The French Chef Knife shown above is available locally from Fundraising Groups or Independent Sales Consultants.  If you do not have a local Rada Knives source, you may purchase at the online Rada Kitchen store!

Watch the Video on Quick Sweet Corn Husking!



Sweet Corn Festival!

The Sweet Corn Festival Ferris wheel.

Many communities or non-profit groups across the nation sponsor a Sweet Corn Festival as way to raise funds to help support charitable funds and community services. It’s a fundraiser, festival, and carnival offering food, fun, and games for all ages. Usually there is a wide variety of food items range from pork burgers, sloppy joes, broasted potatoes, and much more including an assortment of pies and ice cream and of course hot, fresh, sweet corn. Volunteers chuck, scrub and serve sweet corn, usually tons of it, during the festival weekend.

This would be also a wonderful event to offer Rada Cutlery as a fundraising option! Your group could set up a table or booth to sell and demonstrate how amazing Rada Cutlery is at cutting sweet corn off the cob. We are confident that your supporters will be thrilled at the opportunity to purchase high quality, economically priced kitchen knives and utensils. Your group or organization will earn a 40% profit from your sales.

Visit the Rada Cutlery website to learn about event fundraising opportunities and to order your free information packet.

Note:  Rada Cutlery is 100% Made in the USA – materials and construction.  Rada Mfg. Co. is based in Waverly, Iowa and has sold over 135,000,000 kitchen knives and utensils since 1948.  Rada Cutlery is primarily sold by non-profit groups for fundraisers or by independent sales consultants.

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Sweet Corn – How to Buy Fresh Sweet Corn Video Transcript:

Hi, Kristy at the Rada kitchen and I’d like to share some tips with you about picking out sweet corn at the farmer’s market, or in your grocery store.

The first thing you want to look for is nice, plump ears. The silks should be golden, it should be kind of sticky. The more sticky it is, the fresher it is. The more silk there is, the more kernels there are, because each silk is attached to an individual kernel.

The end of it, if it’s brown, starting to turn brown where it was pulled off the stalk, if it’s starting to get brown it’s probably a couple of days old.

Now you want the freshest sweet corn, because as soon as the sweet corn is picked, it starts turning the sugar and the starch, so the longer you keep it, the less sweet it becomes.

Now, if you’re not going to eat it right away or cook with it, you’ll want to store it in the refrigerator with the husk on. That’ll help retain the moisture, and I’ve stored it for as long as a week. But again, the longer you store it, the less sweet it becomes. Watch my other videos on how to husk the corn and cut it off the cob.

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How to Husk Sweet Corn in the Microwave Video Transcript:

Hi, Kristi at the Rada kitchen, and I’d like to show you a neat way to easily remove the husk and silk from your sweet corn. First you need a large knife, I’m using the Rada French Chef Knife, and you’re going to cut the end of the cob off. You just want to take the very end of the cob. Place the sweet corn in the microwave on high for two minutes. Now you just simply slide the corn out, and it’s silk free and husk free. That’s a quick and easy way to husk your sweet corn.

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