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Title: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Thipu1 on August 03, 2012, 09:23:28 AM
On other sites I've read about people doing this as a standard procedure. There have even been mentions of trash receptacles to hold the husks.  Some people here do strip down a section of husk to make sure the ear is full but we see this as wasteful.

It's easy to determine if an ear of corn is good without stripping it and we would never buy corn that has been even partially stripped.   

Corn starts to lose sweetness almost as soon as it's shucked.  We never take the husks off until the water is ready to take the ears.

What's the practice where you live?   



Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Sharnita on August 03, 2012, 09:28:20 AM
we don't buy ours from the store. we buy ours from a roadside stand in front of the farm where it is grown.  If nobody is working the stand the food is left with a container for the money and list of prices and you pay on the honor system.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Hmmmmm on August 03, 2012, 09:32:58 AM
In most of the large supermarkets where I live, the stores put out a large receptacle for the husks.  It's usually around the time that corn becomes abundant and goes on sale. 

I was really suprised the first time I saw this about 10 years ago because I hadn't encountered people shucking corn in a store before.  I still don't understand why people want to shuck in the store.  I've never seen anyone shuck a full ear and then decide they didn't want it. 

Maybe it's a green thing.  The stores send the husks to a compost instead of it going into a home trash can. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 03, 2012, 09:34:39 AM
A lot of people shuck it at the grocery store.  And if they start to shuck a cob that they don't like, they toss it back in the bin!  It makes such a mess; I feel sorry for the produce workers at the store.

Personally, I don't shuck it; I just feel the cob through the husk.  If I'm in doubt, I might take a peek at one of them by pulling down a bit of husk but then I make sure I'm eating that particular cob that night when I get home.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: kherbert05 on August 03, 2012, 09:47:35 AM
I think people do it here, because


a) they don't know how to check the corn through the husk, because they are used to the husked corn in packages.


b) Corn is bought by weight and they see paying for the husk as being ripped off. I've actually had clerks tell me that I could go back and husk the corn so to pay a lower price. I tell them thanks, but the slight increase in price is worth the added sweetness.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Sophia on August 03, 2012, 10:07:16 AM
I do it because I don't know how to tell if the corn is edible or not otherwise.  I've picked up perfectly fine looking and feeling corn and then husked it and thrown it back in disgust.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: turtleIScream on August 03, 2012, 10:20:27 AM
I think people do it here, because


a) they don't know how to check the corn through the husk, because they are used to the husked corn in packages.


b) Corn is bought by weight and they see paying for the husk as being ripped off. I've actually had clerks tell me that I could go back and husk the corn so to pay a lower price. I tell them thanks, but the slight increase in price is worth the added sweetness.

That's strange to me, because here corn is sold by ear, not weight.

I don't know how regional the differences are, or just family culture. My husband and I grew up in the same state, only 100 miles from each other, but he had never seen corn in the husk until we got married. Although they lived in a more rural area, his mom always bought the prepackaged, stripped down corn; my dad grew corn in our tiny backyard in the city.

I don't think our stores have waste bins for the husks, but I haven't looked for them. I don't shuck the corn until it's done grilling.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: cattlekid on August 03, 2012, 10:27:35 AM
I really dislike wading through the hoards of huskers to get my couple of ears of corn.  I am on Team "take a peek through the husk". A quick peek and a quick feel through the husk and you should be able to adequately distinguish an acceptable ear. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: MrsJWine on August 03, 2012, 10:29:02 AM
I peek inside sometimes, but I don't shuck corn at all until after it's been roasted. It's so much better that way.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: #borecore on August 03, 2012, 10:30:15 AM
We have a husking trash can available but we don't use it because it's in the most used part of the grocery store (the main vegetable aisle) and we can do it at home without being crushed.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Thipu1 on August 03, 2012, 10:33:13 AM
we don't buy ours from the store. we buy ours from a roadside stand in front of the farm where it is grown.  If nobody is working the stand the food is left with a container for the money and list of prices and you pay on the honor system.

When I was a child we did that too.  Mom would get the pot of water going while Dad and I went out to catch the truck coming in from the field.  Unhappily, we can't do that in Brooklyn but we still get very good corn from the Farmers' Markets we have three days a week in the neighborhood. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Zilla on August 03, 2012, 10:42:45 AM
I do the peek on top and take it whole. I too don't do it at the store.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: miritree on August 03, 2012, 11:41:02 AM
My husband and I find this so rude. Here corn is sold by the ear, not weight. People leave the hugest mess. You can feel through the husk.

Plus, if you have guinea pigs, they adore corn husks.  ;D
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: WillyNilly on August 03, 2012, 11:57:09 AM
Well as a city dweller I would say:

1. Most people don't know there will be a taste difference because they've only ever eatten pre-husked corn.

2. Many people don't know what signs to look for to know if its good inside

3. Living in an apartment with no outside space, mkes the idea of husking at home, with its mess factor, completely unappealing.

I think if there is a bin there though, its certainly not rude to husk corn at the store.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Giggity on August 03, 2012, 11:59:28 AM
I gotta say it's rude. I don't take the stems off my grapes or peel my bananas in the store. (I must add, I've never seen anyone husking corn in a grocery store in Houston. That would baffle me. You don't take your Diet Coke out of the 12-pack in the store ... why your corn?)
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: buvezdevin on August 03, 2012, 12:12:29 PM
I see it in my city, often, at multiple stores - where there is always a receptacle clearly provided for the husks.  As it's clearly expected and provided for, I don't think it rude.  I will usually peek at the top, but bring home the corn unhusked.  Exceptions where I have husked at the store were when I was preparing a lot of corn that day, not roasting in husk, and glad to leave the voluminous husks in the store receptacle.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Sharnita on August 03, 2012, 12:16:38 PM
I agree that having a receptacle indicates that it is OK.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Outdoor Girl on August 03, 2012, 12:19:02 PM
I think a lot of stores put out receptacles in self defence because a lot of people were just shucking the corn and leaving the remnants in the display bin and/or all over the floor.  So the original people who started this trend were definitely rude.

People now using the supplied receptacle?  Not rude.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Zilla on August 03, 2012, 12:20:40 PM
Yeah I wouldn't call it rude to husk at the store.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: #borecore on August 03, 2012, 01:05:08 PM
I gotta say it's rude. I don't take the stems off my grapes or peel my bananas in the store. (I must add, I've never seen anyone husking corn in a grocery store in Houston. That would baffle me. You don't take your Diet Coke out of the 12-pack in the store ... why your corn?)

Well, as I said I don't get it either. But I did see a can for it (think giant trash can with a special lid so the opening is an 8-inch circle) in a Katy, Texas, H-E-B.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: kherbert05 on August 03, 2012, 01:34:56 PM
I gotta say it's rude. I don't take the stems off my grapes or peel my bananas in the store. (I must add, I've never seen anyone husking corn in a grocery store in Houston. That would baffle me. You don't take your Diet Coke out of the 12-pack in the store ... why your corn?)
Fiesta near my house has a trash can for husking your own corn. Their corn still has the silk coming out. The corn at Kroger can have the husk on it but it is trimmed off.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: CrochetFanatic on August 03, 2012, 05:02:54 PM
I don't think I've ever heard of people doing it as a matter of practice, though occasionally we've seen an ear that had one exposed side from someone checking before deciding they didn't want it.  If the stores allow or even encourage it, then I guess it's not a problem.  I never knew about the trash can thing.  Then again, 8 times out of 10 we also buy our corn from a roadside stand, or from an Amish farmer upstate that some of the family is friendly with.  Very good in both cases!  It really is hard to tell sometimes whether an ear is good or not before you husk it.  I've had some ratty-looking (on the outside) ones turn out wonderful, and some normal-looking ones turn out sparse and wormy. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: demarco on August 03, 2012, 05:20:02 PM
I pull down a little piece of the husk to look at the kernels, just to see if they are mushy or dark.  It's rare but it happens. I couldn't be bothered to husk in the store.  I just want to getting in and  out of the store as fast as possible. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: siamesecat2965 on August 03, 2012, 08:28:46 PM
I've seen it in the grocery stores near me, but i buy mine from a farmstand, and they have a sign that asks you not to shuck the corn.  I guess too many people would do it, adn toss back the ones that were icky.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Brisvegasgal on August 03, 2012, 09:20:23 PM
In the grocery stores where I'm from most corn is sold already shucked or partially shucked. I'm wondering if that is an Australian thing...
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: sparksals on August 03, 2012, 11:06:50 PM
I never heard of shucking corn at the store until I moved to Minnesota.  I have always peeled a slight bit back to check the top of the cob.  If it is fully intact, no kernels missing, I know it is good. 


I am paying for the corn, I am going to check to ensure it is satisfactory.  Since the edible part is covered, you bet I will ensure I get my money's worth.


The norm here is to shuck.  There is a garbage by the corn display.  I never shuck.  I take it home with the husk b/c I cook my corn in the husk on the grill.   
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: camlan on August 04, 2012, 06:00:46 AM
Until this thread, I'd never heard of shucking corn in the store.

Then I went to the supermarket yesterday and checked, and yes, there is a bin for the corn husks and it was pretty full.

Why do people do this?

I do pull back the husk at the top of the ear to check the corn. So does pretty much everyone around here--at the supermarket, it's clearly been done to a lot of the ears in the bin of corn for sale. But I just don't understand why you would stand around husking the corn in the store instead of taking it home and doing it there.

Although I usually buy corn at a local farm stand where you can be sure the corn was picked that day, so you know how fresh it is. No one husks it there. They run right home and start the water boiling and then start husking.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: JennJenn68 on August 04, 2012, 06:40:55 AM
I never shuck corn at the store, and it exasperates me to see people that do so because most of the time these people rip off half the husk and then toss the cob back because they have decided they don't want it after all.  That's just dead loss for the grocery store, because nobody is going to buy a half-shucked messy corn of cob even though there's really nothing wrong with it. 

I don't even peel back any of the husk to check it.  When I pick up a cob, somehow I can tell by the weight, feel and smell if it's good or bad.  I've been buying corn for three decades now and in all that time, I've rarely gotten a questionable cob.  The only time, sad to say, that I've gotten a bad batch was when the farmer at the market insisted on selecting everyone's corn for him and didn't allow anyone to touch the corn.  His prices were significantly lower so I got sucked in but it was truly lousy corn and I'll never allow anyone else to do my selecting again.

Coming from a farm background, I've always known the importance of freshness in corn.  At my uncle's house, my aunt used to get the pot of water boiling, and then we'd race out to the field behind the barn and pick corn, husking it as we tore back to the house and got it into the water as quickly as possible.  Oh, my Lord, there's nothing like it!

They didn't always have those "husk receptacles" at the grocery store.  The stores were forced to put them there because people were leaving husks and silk all over the place, and it's a heck of a mess to clean up once many feet have trodden them into the floor.  To my disgust, I still see boors husking and flinging the husks all over the corn display and just dropping them on the floor while standing right next to the can.  Now, that's rude.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: WillyNilly on August 04, 2012, 10:03:57 AM
Why do people do this?

Well not everyone has the space to do it at home.
My kitchen footprint is 6' x 9'.  Add in counters and range and refrigerator and sink and shelves, etc and its barely room for two people to stand.  I have no outside space whatsoever - no yard, no patio, no terrace.  There's really no a good place to be doing messy work like shucking corn.  The grocery store however is large with plenty of elbow room and has a nice big bin and a staff with nice big brooms to catch any stray silks and other debris (of course I do my best to get every last bit in the bin but its still messy work).
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Joeschmo on August 04, 2012, 10:59:20 AM
I shuck corn over the sink to catch the silk and throw the husks into the trash can as I go.  I've never seen corn shucking make a mess and if my shucking style caused excessive messiness I wouldn't want to make someone else clean up after me.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Thipu1 on August 04, 2012, 11:00:42 AM
Our kitchen is hardly larger than yours but we successfully shuck corn at home with minimal mess. 
The procedure is quite simple and very satisfying.  Of course, this only works if you get corn with an inch or two  of stalk on the bottom. 

1) with one hand, firmly grasp the stalk end of the ear. 

2) with the other hand, firmly grasp corn silk and a good portion of husk. 

3) pull down sharply. Husk and silk will come down in a fairly coherent mass and close to half the ear should be visible. 

4) break off the stalk and pull up sharply.  Most of the rest of the husk should come off with that motion. 

If you try this method, you can shuck an ear of corn inside the sort of flimsy plastic bag that the grocer provides. 

Yes, there will still be small, light bits of husk and bits of tassel to be removed.  These can be easily
 handled with a cheap, plastic corn brush and a Dust-Buster.  The plastic bag can be thrown into the trash with all the corn huskings inside it.   
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Sophia on August 04, 2012, 10:36:52 PM
...Coming from a farm background, I've always known the importance of freshness in corn.  At my uncle's house, my aunt used to get the pot of water boiling, and then we'd race out to the field behind the barn and pick corn, husking it as we tore back to the house and got it into the water as quickly as possible.  Oh, my Lord, there's nothing like it!...

My dad grew up on a farm in Minnesota and most of his extended family still does.  I remember corn still warm from the sun.  It took about 10 years for my taste buds to forget the wunderfulness, and to tolerate what I can get down here. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Iris on August 05, 2012, 04:44:30 AM
In the grocery stores where I'm from most corn is sold already shucked or partially shucked. I'm wondering if that is an Australian thing...

Yeah, that's my (Australian) experience, too. I actually hunt for corn with the leaves still on because I cook it in its husk in the microwave. Seals in the moisture and is absolutely delicious. So, even if I lived in the US I *definitely* wouldn't be husking in the store.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: sparksals on August 05, 2012, 12:09:16 PM
In the grocery stores where I'm from most corn is sold already shucked or partially shucked. I'm wondering if that is an Australian thing...

Yeah, that's my (Australian) experience, too. I actually hunt for corn with the leaves still on because I cook it in its husk in the microwave. Seals in the moisture and is absolutely delicious. So, even if I lived in the US I *definitely* wouldn't be husking in the store.

I soak the corn with husk in the sink for a few hours, then grill on the top rack of the BBQ.  Makes for very juicy corn b/c it steams in the husk. 
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: MOM21SON on August 06, 2012, 02:52:44 PM
It never occured to me to husk in the store until I saw the large bins stating it.  So much easier for me.  I have never ever seen a half husked ear thrown back in the bin.  EVER.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Brisvegasgal on August 11, 2012, 02:12:59 AM
Thanks to sparksals post I'm going to have to look for unshucked corn now...yum!
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: sparksals on August 11, 2012, 11:44:24 AM
Thanks to sparksals post I'm going to have to look for unshucked corn now...yum!

Make sure you soak it in water for a couple hours so the husk is nice and wet.  Doesn't take too long on the top rack.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: MrTango on August 13, 2012, 03:49:38 PM
I prefer to do the husking at home as well.  If I'm grilling, I'll roast the corn on the grill and husk it right before serving.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: doodlemor on August 17, 2012, 06:52:26 PM
I was taught by a farmer to check the stem area of the corn for freshness.  You can tell if the corn is freshly picked if the stem area is still pale and not dried.  It starts drying when the corn is picked, and is very shriveled by the next day.

The corn that comes already shucked at our store is usually out of season stuff from somewhere like CA.  I've never seen anyone shucking the homegrown stuff at the store, but then I buy ours at a farm stand.
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: JenJay on August 17, 2012, 07:59:52 PM
I think a lot of stores put out receptacles in self defence because a lot of people were just shucking the corn and leaving the remnants in the display bin and/or all over the floor.  So the original people who started this trend were definitely rude.

People now using the supplied receptacle?  Not rude.

That's why we did it. I'd much rather replace a big plastic bag every night than clean up piles of damp, molding husks all day long. People also snap the florets off broccoli and leave the stalk, snap the stalks off celery and leave the hearts, etc. I don't miss produce!
Title: Re: Husking Corn in the Store
Post by: Please pass the Calgon on August 17, 2012, 08:05:35 PM
No shucking here, but that's because the easiest & most delicious way to grill or roast corn is w/ the husk on!

350* oven, 30-40 minute.....heaven!!! Once cooked, the husk & strings slide right off.