How To Shuck Corn The Fast & Easy Way!

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Have a lot of corn to peel? Hate the corn silk and mess? We have will show you how to shuck corn the fast & easy way. Perfect for a few ears or a dozen!

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Peeling Corn The Fast Way


During the season we eat a lot of corn on the cob. Here in Maine corn is a huge staple, whether it is with BBQ or the famous lobster boils.  We grill it, boil it, steam it, cut it from the cob and saute it, make our own cream corn, cornbread and so much more. This requires a lot of shucking corn, which I actually do not mind doing, but I don't like the mess.

To avoid the mess of corn silk in the house, we shuck our corn outside. We gather up the corn, a plastic shipping bag and a strainer then head for our picnic table. Once done, the corn husks go to the chickens and the corn comes back inside to be prepared for cooking. Absolutely not a huge deal, in fact I enjoy this. I usually enlist my daughter to help which always turns out to be a good time.

Getting to it 

When we have more than just 3 or 4 pieces of corn to shuck, I enlist a tried and true method that I have been using for years.  Here is how to shuck corn fast and mess free:

Prepare the corn simply by pulling any loose corn silk from the top, removing long loose pieces of husk and giving it a quick wash.

Bring a large stock pot or roasting pan half full of water with a tablespoon of salt to a boil.  You can do this on the grill, stove top or even in the oven.

  • For the stove top- stock pot on high
  • For the grill- roasting pan, burners on high to reach 400 degrees
  • For the oven- roasting pan or 13x9, 400 degrees

Carefully place to corn (not peeled obviously) into the water and blanch for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the corn. Run under cool water and the husk with the silk inside will slide right off.

Place the corn back in the boiling water and cook until tender!

NOTE*  our water is NEVER dirty, we have never seen any problem at all with adding the corn right back to the water.  We buy organic and wash, so there is nothing coming from the husks.

Got a clever idea for shucking corn?  Share it below in the comments!

For more great Kitchen Tips read our Kitchen Tips for Beginners 


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2 thoughts on “How To Shuck Corn The Fast & Easy Way!”

  1. I'll give it a shot this year! I'm always careful when I shuck it, but still end up with some stragglers! Thanks a mil!

  2. Seriously it's this easy? I have been doing it wrong for way too long. Thank you for sharing this I'm totally grabbing this and running!


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