Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Keep this in mind for next Summer

Cooler Corn
The Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob for a Crowd? It's Cooler Corn!

Am I the only person who hasn't heard of "cooler corn"?

As an obsessive food nerd, you'd expect that I would have at least heard of it, but over the weekend I was blind-sided by the simple genius of this method for cooking loads of corn on the cob perfectly.

I was hepped to it while visiting my family in Maine. Short story: We like corn on the cob. And with eight adults at the table, that means a couple of dozen ears. We would have used the lobster pot to cook them all, but the lobster pot was busy steaming lobster.

Then my sister, a capable Maine cook with years of camping experience, says "let's do cooler corn!" Before I can ask "what the heck is cooler corn?" a Coleman cooler appears from the garage, is wiped clean, then filled with the shucked ears. Next, two kettles-full of boiling water are poured over the corn and the top closed.

Then nothing.
When we sat down to dinner 30 minutes later and opened it, the corn was perfectly cooked. My mind was blown. And I'm told that the corn will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours.

Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set. But for those of us who avoid tents as much as possible, it's perfect for large barbecues and way less of mess than grilling. In fact, I may even buy another cooler just so I'm ready for next summer. Now that I'm in the know.


Anonymous said...

We got a cooler and could get some corn and try it.

madcobug said...

I have never heard of it but will keep that in mind. Helen

Melinda said...

never heard of this before either..but I bet it would work great! Like the new look!

Arkansas Patti said...

New to me and sounds like my idea of cooking work level.
By the way, the new Christmas tradation was published by someone elese in our local paper. Great idea.

KleinsteMotte said...

Wonder it the size of the cooler matters. Am wondering is the smallest version would perform as well? Science is tricky that way.